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While this isn’t so much a rivalry like a match against Valencia would be, any time you are facing a regional opponent there are bragging rights at stake. Seeing as how we failed to beat this opponent the last time we faced them there is even more motivation to get a win.
This game should present an interesting blend of styles. Villarreal creates its best chances on a counter attack sprung from a midfield press, Levante applies very little defensive pressure outside their own third. Will we be able to create chances without the counter attack? Levante has certainly given up plenty this season, despite their sitting back style. While they are not as negative in their football as Valladolid was last time out, I wouldn’t expect this to be a free flowing, aesthetically pleasing affair.
2 Gaspar, 3 Albiol, 6 Funes Mori, 20. Peña
10 Iborra, 8 Cazorla, 14, Trigueros
7. Gerard, 17, Alcacer, 23, Moi Gomez
Bench: 13 Fernandez, 4 Pau, 9 Bacca, 11 Chukwueze, 16 Quintilla, 19 Anguissa, 24 Ontiveros
With Pau on the bench and Albiol starting, could we actually see our first choice CB pairing soon???
13 Aitor Fernandez, 9 Roger, 10 Barhi, 14, Ruben Vezo, 15 Postigo, 16 Rochina, 17 Vukcevic, 19 Clerc, 20 Miramon, 21 Majoral, 24 Campana
Bench: Koke Vegas, Tono Garcia, Sergio Leon, AJ Morales, Bruno, Coke, Martinez