Preview - Levante vs Sevilla 28 April 2018

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Match Day 35
Levante vs Sevilla
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Estadi Ciutat de València

Last five matches form: D W L W W
Average goals per match: 0.94
Average goals against per match: 1.44
Top Scorer: José Luis Morales (7)

Last five matches form: L D D D L
Average goals per match: 1.24
Average goals against per match: 1.58
Top Scorer: Luis Muriel (7)

A battle between a relegation side and a European hopeful kicks off the action on Match Day 35 in La Liga as Levante play host to Sevilla.

These two sides may be at opposite ends of the table but it is fourth bottom Levante who arrive in much the better form. Three wins in their past four in La Liga now makes it almost certain that they will stay up this season having looked seriously imperilled at one stage. A win here would just about seal the deal. They must do without the injured Erick Cabaco and Toño as well as the suspended Rubén Rochina here.

For Sevilla the season is beginning to fall apart having looked promising for so long. Dumped out of the Champions League despite putting up a brave fight against Bayern Munich, they were then embarrassed in the Copa Del Rey final last week at the hands of Barcelona. Their La Liga form hasn't been great either with three draws and three defeats in their past six. They really need to get their act together before the season is up though if they are to hold on to a Europa League spot.

Levante have won their last three on home soil and thumped Athletic Bilbao away last weekend. Confidence is high, and with the incentive that a win will all but guarantee safety, we see them sneaking past this dispirited Sevilla side.

Prediction: Levante 2 - 1 Sevilla


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 15 - 22
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 8
Possession: 44% - 56%

Just the one booking for each side here, with referee Jose Luis Gonzalez showing yellow to Levante's Antonio Luna and Sevilla's Pablo Sarabia.

The visitors come out just about on top in the overall stats here, but can't really have too many complaints as Levante were well and truly in this game throughout.

It was the home side who took the lead in the eleventh minute. Jose Luis Morales receiving the ball on the right-hand side of the area and showing good skills to beat two defenders and tee up Roger around six yards from goal. He wasn't about to miss from there.

Levante didn't have their noses in front for long though.

Ever Banega breaking from midfield in the 16th minute and finding Carlos Fernandez on the edge of the area with his back to goal. Excellent turn from Fernandez and an even better curling finish into the top corner. 1-1.

Plenty of action in the remainder of the half in what was an end to end match at times, but no further goals in the opening period.

A similar pattern emerged in the second half, with Levante just about having the better of it. In the 74th minute they grabbed their winner. Jose Campana's ball splitting open the Sevilla defence to play in Morales down the left. As David Soria came out to meet him he calmly side footed underneath the keeper. 2-1 final score.

The bottom three did already look doomed, but this win will nevertheless be a big weight of Levante's shoulders. Even if they fail to pick up another point, and Deportivo La Coruna win all of their remaining games, Levante will still almost certainly stay up.

For Sevilla their slide continues. Now down to seventh, they are only clinging on to the last of the Europa League spots by the skin on their teeth, with Getafe, Girona and Celta Vigo all within striking distance.

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