Levante vs Eibar Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Relegation-threatened Levante gear up for the visit of Eibar with only 10 games left to ensure their La Liga survival.
Last time: The Frogs took a two-goal lead with them into the break before Anaitz Arbilla and Charles equalised for the Basque club in what was an entertaining 2-2 draw.
This time: Levante are 9/4 to take the three points with Eibar available at 13/10 and the draw at 11/5.
You might remember: Los Armeros’ 7-0 thrashing against Levante in the 2001-02 Segunda Division season. The embarrassed visitors on the day struggled throughout the year and avoided the drop by a solitary point, ahead of relegated Gimnàstic.
Levante UD's Last Six:
Won: 1 Drawn: 1 Lost: 4
This La Liga preview begins with the hosts. New Levante Coach Paco Lopez got off to the perfect start with a priceless 1-0 victory away at Getafe. The Spaniard took his place in the hot seat after predecessor Juan Muniz failed to pick up a single win from 15 matches.
Lopez will have to make do without a host of first teamers, with holding midfielder Cheick Doukoure, Tono and top scorer Ivi unavailable. Encouragingly, Enis Bardhi has been brought back into the fold and is pushing for a start.
SD Eibar's Last Six:
Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3
Jose Luis Mendilibar was without striker Sergi Enrich and midfielders Fabian Orellana and Fran Rico in the narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Real Madrid last weekend.
Ex-Wigan defender Ivan Ramis gave Eibar a shock lead, before Cristiano Ronaldo inevitably took charge of proceedings with a match-winning double.
Betting Tips & Predictions
La Liga predictions at this stage of the season offer great uncertainty, depending on the plight of the clubs involved.
Last term’s runaway Segunda Division winners are in trouble, but all is not lost. Levante did, after all, start the current campaign so promisingly, going unbeaten in their first five clashes, even holding Los Blancos at their Santiago Bernabeu fortress. The European champions failed once again to take maximum points from the Valencia-based club in early February as the sides were deadlocked once again in the reverse fixture, and this resilience is to be admired. The 17th-placed club are now in a mini league of four, and must finish above Las Palmas, Deportivo and Malaga.
In contrast, visitors Eibar have enjoyed a fine season, comfortably placed in the top half of the table and in no danger of being pulled into a dogfight. Los Armeros are in European contention, five points off sixth-placed Villarreal and it promises to be a must-watch when the two sides meet in the final month of the season.
Football predictions for this duel include the Frogs at 9/4 to get another three points, building some momentum under their new tactician in the process. Lopez, who was thrusted into the limelight, knows the workings of the club having been in charge of the reserves, and must aim for the 40-point mark to be sure of safety.
Eibar are 13/10 and this is a popular bet. The Basques have been a revelation since mid-November, only losing four league showdowns in 18. If their campaign had started more positively, there is every chance Mendilibar’s squad would have been around the Champions League spots.
The stalemate is 11/5 but there doesn’t appear to be value here. Levante have drawn five all year while Eibar have six stand-offs to their name.
If Ivi fails to make the matchday squad, the goalscoring onus will fall at the feet of Jose Luis Morales. The 30-year-old is by no means prolific, but has performed admirably considering his side’s plight and is 14/1 to bag a fifth league goal any time during the 90 minutes.
Former Middlesbrough attacker Kike is 5/1 in the football predictions first goalscorer market. The Spaniard will lead the line and should get opportunities against an under-pressure Levante backline.
Predicted Score: Levante UD 1 - 3 SD Eibar
Look out for:
Marauding full-back Coke to get forward and make a nuisance of himself to the opposing left-back. The experienced head will be remembered for his time at Sevilla where he won three European trophies and the 64/3 anytime scorer bet should appeal.
The both teams to score predictions wager and over 2.5 goals at 17/10. Further football score predictions in the market show an attractive 3-3 scoreline at 32/2.
It’s a long shot, but:
A 4-1 Levante triumph is a whopping 130/1. The unpredictable nature of a managerial change means the Frogs should not be ruled out, and if they can scare the reigning second tier champions, anything is possible. This brings to a close this game’s football betting predictions.
Written by Nick Valerio
Nick Valerio is a football fanatic whose writing has appeared online and in print. A Manchester United and Roma fan, Nick names Francesco Totti as his idol and Fabio Grosso’s World Cup-winning penalty in 2006 as his favourite moment in sport.