Crisis hit Valencia will hope to put their off-field troubles behind them when they face Levante on Matchday 1 of the new La Liga calendar. Los Che finished in ninth place last term and, barring a miracle, will fail to secure a European berth for a second consecutive year.
Where and when: Mestalla, Valencia – 13 September, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Valencia vs. Levante: LaLigaTV
Last time: There was late drama in June as Rodrigo and Granotas midfielder Melero both netted in injury time.
Valencia v Levante Predictions and Preview
Javi Gracia is the latest in the Valencia hotseat. The former Watford and Malaga boss replaced Albert Celades at the end of July and the Spaniard has a job on his hands after the mass exodus in the off-season.
Captain Dani Parejo was astonishingly allowed to depart on a free transfer to regional rivals Villarreal while colleague Francis Coquelin joined him shortly after. Parejo led Los Che to Copa del Rey glory in 2019 and is widely considered one of the best midfielders in a league consisting Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Sergio Busquets and Luka Modric.
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To compound the natives’ mood further, star attackers Rodrigo and Ferran Torres have also moved, to Leeds and Manchester City, respectively. Rodrigo was involved in 15 goals last year, while his compatriot had a had in 13 efforts.
Fellow first-teamers Alessandro Florenzi, Cristiano Piccini and Ezequiel Garay all went through the exit door and Gracia will hope the reports linking Maxi Gomez to Everton have no substance. Despite the fire sale, there are a number of good players in the squad with Jose Gaya, Soler, Goncalo Guedes, Kevin Gameiro and Gomez all available for selection.
Gameiro will receive increased game time and is 5/1 to open proceedings, while strike partner Gomez is available at 9/2 in the same market. Los Che are 21/20 to earn a much-needed triumph that would lift the spirits of everyone connected with the club.
It was a different story for travelling party Levante who were delighted with how their campaign unfolded. Los Granotas cemented themselves in midtable and a similar showing would please Paco Lopez. Roger Marti will lead the line for the visitors and was a product of the Valencia youth system.
One to watch for Valencia: Guedes has produced some big moments for the national team and Los Che desperately need the winger to deliver domestically. The Portugal international is 8/1 to notch last.
One to watch for Levante: Enis Bardhi will feature closer to Roger after Borja Mayoral’s loan spell came to an end. The talented Macedonian is admired by Arsenal and can be found at 3/1 to bag anytime.
Long shot: Levante did not fare well on the road last year, losing 12 of their 19 fixtures. In contrast, Valencia were only defeated once and picked up 11 wins, including a 2-0 success over Barcelona. Los Che will want to give their supporters something to cheer after a turbulent few months and a 3-0 result is 19/1.