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Villarreal-Levante GAMETHREAD and HOW TO WATCH

A Valencian Community derby is always big; this one is even bigger.

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Levante UD v Villarreal CF - La Liga Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

How to watch: In the US (and in Spain too, I believe), Fubo TV is available. If you click here you can enjoy a week’s free trial (and Villarreal USA gets some benefit from referring you, yay!).

All-time record: I forgot to mention this in the preview, so here goes. I don’t have complete records (Levante and Villarreal have played each other in all four divisions—Tercera, Segunda B, Segunda A, and Primera—which is probably unique.

In the Primera, we are 12-1-5 (6-1-2 at home) but in recent years the fixtures have been competitive. Levante’s 2 wins in Vila-real were in 2010-11, 1-0 (a match where both Cincinho and Nicki Bille Nielsen came on as substitutes—there’s a rarity) and of course the 3-0 debacle in October 2011 which was one of the worst matches under Garrido, or anyone, that season.

Last year we won 2-1, goals from Trigueros and Cheryshev, Levante scored a last-minute penalty. (Muñiz was their coach then).

The teams:

Villarreal: Asenjo; Miguelon Lambrich, Alvaro, Funes Mori, Jaume Costa; Chukwueze, Caseres, Trigueros, Fornals; Toko Ekambi and Gerard.

Say what you will about Calleja, but putting Llambrich in place of Mario and giving Chukwueze a start in this match is ballsy.

Bench: Andrés; Mario, Victor Ruiz, Sansone, Pedraza, Santi Cazorla, Iturra.

Levante: Oier; Postigo, Chema, Rober Pier; Jason, Rochina, Campana, Bardhi, Toño; Roger and Morales