Preview - Leganes vs Levante 08 May 2018

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Match Day 36
Leganes vs Levante
Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Butarque

Last five matches form: L W L D L
Average goals per match: 0.83
Average goals against per match: 1.23
Top Scorer: Gabriel Pires (5)

Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 0.97
Average goals against per match: 1.43
Top Scorer: José Luis Morales ( 8 )

Ordinarily being perched in 16th and 17th position  at this late stage of the season would mean a bit of a sweat going into the closing games. Fortunately for Leganes and Levante - who clash here in the last of the Match Day 36 fixtures - Deportivo La Coruna, Las Palmas and Malaga have all been so bad this season that the relegation situation has already been finalised.

Little more to play for than pride here then. Whilst the two sides sit level on 40 points, it is Levante who arrive in the better form having won four of their last five in La Liga.

Alexander Szymanowski is out injured for Leganes, who must also do without their suspended top scorer Gabriel Pires.

Holding midfielder Cheick Doukoré and left back Toño look like being the main absentees for Levante.

There was certainly no love lost between these two sides in the first meeting, with the 0-0 draw at Levante featuring 14 cards in total including a player sent off for each side. With so little at stake there seems no reason for such an ill-tempered affair this time around.

Despite their league position, Levante have drawn as many as they have lost on the road this season, and arriving here in good form at present, may just sneak a win against this Leganes side.

Prediction: Leganes 1 - 2 Levante


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots: 14 - 10
Shots on target: 2 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 4
Possession: 43% - 57%

A lack of discipline at times didn't help the home sides cause here. Ruben Perez, Nordin Amrabat, Unai Bustinza, Diego Rico and Julian Ramos Omar all being booked by referee Jose Sanchez, who also issued a straight red to Joseba Zaldua. Jason was the only Levante player to have his name taken.

The first half never really threatened to catch fire in conditions which were rapidly becoming monsoon-like. Leganes arguably had the better of the opening period, without ever creating anything clear cut. 0-0 at half time.

Within 15 minutes of the restart Leganes were all but dead and buried.

Levante took the lead in the 55th minute with a well worked goal, although the lack of pressure from the Leganes defence certainly aided their cause. Enis Bardhi bringing the ball in from the left and feeding the ball to Jason. Jason playing an excellent pass into the path of Jose Luis Morales on the edge of the area. The big frontman firing first time high up the middle of the goal.

Just two minutes later Leganes already tough task became that bit more difficult. Joseba Zaldua hauling Morales down just outside the area. A free kick on the edge of the box and a red card for Zaldua the result.

Up stepped Barhdi to pluck an effort into the bottom corner from his rapidly expanding repertoire of set-pieces. 0-2.

The third came in the 77th minute. Boateng playing the ball in to Roger in the right-hand side of the box, Roger cutting back to Coke arriving around the right corner of the six yard box. Impressive control and finish into the bottom left corner by the fullback.

Not the most crucial of fixtures but this win sees Levante continue their excellent run of form. They leapfrog Leganes and move into 16th place.

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