Levante vs Leganes preview

December 18, 2017
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Even though they both currently sit above the relegation zone, Levante and Leganes are likely to be fighting for their lives this season, meaning that this clash can be dubbed a relegation six-pointer.

Los Granotas have done fairly well since securing the return to the elite division and they already boast a five-point advantage over the bottom three.

Levante only lost 5 league fixtures so far, which is the fifth-best record in the league, but they also have the fewest wins together with Malaga and Las Palmas.

The team have been going through a rough patch of late, taking mere two points from last four league matches, and this will seem like a good opportunity to record a rare La Liga win.

Levante will, however, have to improve their performances at home, where they failed to win any of their last six games (D2 L4).

The hosts also have some selection problems as important defender Chema has been ruled out through a muscle problem, while former Sevilla defender Coke has trained with the team after arriving on loan from Schalke.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Oier – Pedro Lopez, Postigo, Cabaco, Luna – Lerma, Rober – Jason, Campana, Morales – Unal.

Leganes did well to avoid the drop last term thanks to a strong finish to the campaign, albeit finishing just above the bottom three.

The Legionaries are doing even better this season, with an excellent start to the new league campaign seeing them create an eight-point advantage over the relegation zone.

Leganes were especially impressive between 20th September and 22nd October, when they three wins and two draws in La Liga, keeping a clean sheet in each of those five games.

The team have since suffered a dip in form, losing five of last six league fixtures, but a 3-1 triumph over Villarreal ensured they remain in mid table.

Asier Garitano will have Ezequiel Munoz and Mauro Dos Santos back to the side, but Martin Mantovani and Dimitrios Siovas are definitely out.

Raul Garcia and Darko Brasanac remain sidelined as well, whereas Gabriel Pires and Alex Szymanowski are rated doubtful.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-1-1): Pichu – Tito, Bustinza, Dos Santos, Rico – El Zhar, Ruben Perez, Gabriel, Amrabat – Eraso – Beauvue.

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