Levante hosts SD Eibar in Spanish La Liga football action at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia on September 21, 2019.
Levante Union Deportiva was established long ago in 1909 but the club only made their La Liga debut during the 60s. After a series of relegations and promotions, Levante went into a financial crisis during the turn of the millennium. But when their monetary woes were resolved, they were able to return to the La Liga in 2010. Levante finished 15th in the La Liga last season under head coach Paolo Lopez.
They have won the Segunda Division twice, the Segunda B Division five times and the Tercera Division a total of seven times. However, they have never won the La Liga before. Levante also won the Copa de la Espana Libre in 1937 and played in the semi-finals of the 1935 Copa del Rey. This club has also won seven different regional tournaments in Valencia.
Levante is tied for 4th in the La Liga with their +2 Goal Difference this season. The club has scored a total of four goals (7th in the league) and has given up just two scores so far this season ( 4th in the league). None of their four goals were assisted.
Forward Roger Marti has already scored two goals this season while midfielder Jose Luis Morales and forward Sergio Leon have scored one goal each for Levante. Goal Keeper Aitor Fernandez conceded two goals in his first three appearances but gave up three in their last match against Real Madrid.
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Sociedad Deportiva Eibar was founded in 1940 and they have spent most of their history playing in the lower divisions of the Spanish Football system. SD Eibar has made a total of 26 appearances in the Segunda Division and they only earned their first promotion to the Top Flight in 2014, earning the distinction of being the smallest club in history to play in La Liga before SD Huesca took that title in 2018.
Eibar has won the Tercera Division on seven occasions. They were also Segunda Division champions in 2013 and have won the Segunda B Division a total of three times. SD Eibar has spent the last six seasons in La Liga but they have never made enough noise in the big league. Their best finish was 9th in 2017/18 and they were 10th in the La Liga last season.
Eibar is tied for 16th place in the league with a Goal Difference of -2. They have scored a total of three goals which ranks them in 10th place in that category. They rank 13th in the passing department with only one goal assisted. On the defensive end, SD Eibar ranks 15th in the La Liga with a total of five goals allowed.
Midfielders Paulo Oliveira and Charles plus Defensive man Anaitz Arbilla have scored one goal each for SD Eibar this season. Fabian Orellana has the squad’s only assist so far this season. On the other hand, goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic has allowed five goals and has three saves in three appearances.
Levante enters this match ranked 7th in the La Liga with two wins and two losses in four outings. They are the soccer betting favorites to beat SD Eibar who are 18th in the Spanish League with one draw and two losses in three matches played so far this season. Levante is coming off a 2-3 loss to Real Madrid in their last assignment while SD Eibar still has around four matches against Espanyol coming up before this contest.
Head to head, these two teams have played in a total of 21 matches. Levante has won five times while SD Eibar has four wins. These teams have played to a draw in 12 other meetings. These teams have played to a draw in three out of their last four meetings, including a 2-2 tie last March 31, 2019, in their most recent encounter.
Levante is playing better right now but with SD Eibar still set to face Espanyol in Round 4, they could still pick up momentum heading to this contest. These teams have been in too many close matches to pick a winner. I’m just not convinced that the favorites can beat SD Eibar here, not after allowing three goals against Real Madrid the last time out. Prediction: Draw