Preview: Elche v Levante – predictions, team news, rosters –
Sports Mole provides an overview of Saturday’s La Liga clash between Elche and Levante, including predictions, squad news and possible lineups.
Levante will continue their quest for a first league win of the season on Saturday, when they travel to face Elche.
The hosts collected their first three-point loot of the season last time around to climb to 10th place in the La Liga table, while Paco LopezThe men of have only collected three points in their first four games.
After narrowly avoiding the fall last season thanks to a victory on the final matchday, Elche was given an unenviable schedule to start the new La Liga campaign, but they managed to score a commendable point against the ‘Athletic Bilbao on Matchday 1 as the match ended scoreless. .
Fran EscribaThe men were then only narrowly beaten 1-0 away against defending champions Atletico Madrid before rebounding with an impressive 1-1 draw against Sevilla, who finished fourth in the season last.
Enzo Roco gave Los Franjiverdes a quick lead, before Youssef En-Nesyri tied the game in the 40th minute, and Escriba’s side managed to keep a commendable point at home.
After an impressive start against tough opposition, Elche faced another tough test as they traveled to face Getafe last time around, and they managed to put their first win on the board as a Lucas Perez scored the only goal of the game with 20 minutes left to see them leave with all three points.
After a good start in the new campaign, Los Franjiverdes will be keen to keep the momentum going to ensure they remain much more comfortable than last season.
They host a team from Levante who have been somewhat underwhelming so far, and will be desperate to kick off their season on Saturday.
Paco Lopez’s side moved to face Cadiz on Matchday 1 and looked poised for a 1-0 win thanks to JosÃ© Luis Moralesthe goal, only for Alfonso Espino to score an equalizer in the 97th minute to save a point for the hosts.
Following that disappointment, the Granotas got a much more commendable point, playing a spectacular 3-3 draw with title-seeking Real Madrid, as Vinicius Junior scored his second goal of the game to save a point in the dying minutes for Los Blancos after Roger marti, Jose campana and Rober’s Pier all were entered on the scoresheet for Levante.
Despite this positive result potentially offering them a platform to build on, Lopez’s men were unable to capitalize, as they lost 1-0 away to Real Sociedad, before scoring their third point of the season last time against Rayo Vallecano.
Levante fell victim to late drama for the second time this season, as Sergi Guardiola saved a point for the newly promoted side with a 92nd-minute winner after Roger Marti appeared to have sent the Granotas back to a vital 1-0 victory.
Currently sitting in 14th place having failed to win so far this season, Lopez will be desperate to see his side score three points on the board on Saturday after the recent disappointment and their slow start.
Form of Elche La Liga:
Levante La Liga forms:
Elche will be without Pedro Bigas by long-term injury, while Lucas boye and Jony alamo are the two doubts.
In Boye’s absence, Lucas Perez and Dario benedetto should lead the line, with the support of Loyal and Omar Mascarell from the midfield.
Bigas has played a key role in Elche’s tight defensive record so far this season, and Enzo Roco will likely be a substitute alongside Gonzalo and Diego GonzÃ¡lez in a back three, protecting the former Real Madrid stopper Kiko Casilla between the sticks.
Levante has a long list of injuries to deal with, as the striker has experienced Roberto Soldado will continue to miss alongside the main attackers Jorge de Frutos and Enis Bardhi.
Jose Campana recently joined several of his teammates in the treatment room, further compounding Lopez’s options in midfield and attacking.
As a result, he will rely heavily on captain Jose Luis Morales and Roger Marti, with the pair recording a combined 25 goals and eight assists last season.
Elche possible starting composition:
Casilla; Gonzalo, Gonzalez, Roco; Josan, Fidel, Guti, Mascarell, Mojica; PÃ©rez, Benedetto
Levante starting composition possible:
Fernandez; Miramon, Vezo, Duarte, Clerc; Melero, Radoja, Martinez; Cantero, Marti, Morales
We say: Elche 2-1 Levante
While Levante arguably has the stronger of the two teams, Las Granotas have yet to hit their stride this season, as their hosts have outperformed against several of the league’s toughest teams, and we see those trends continuing. Saturday.
Marti and Morales form a menacing frontline, but Escriba has built a solid three-back this season who should be able to cope with the threat.