Levante v Valencia – Estadi Ciutat de Valencia – Sunday 2nd September 2018 – Kick Off 11am GMT
Both sides have had a mixed start to the season with both sides suffering defeat last time out.
Levante, despite losing to Celta Vigo, have shown signs of improvement under Paco Lopez especially the surprising 3-0 victory over Real Betis in Jornada one.
Valencia finally confirmed the signing of their main transfer target after a long, summer saga and will be hoping he can kickstart their season. Goncalo Guedes has been brought in from Paris Saint-Germain on a permanent basis for €40 million, after impressing on loan last season.
Los Che come into this one having scored once this season but are expected to compete for a top four spot again. The Granotas on the other hand scored three in the first fixture and one last time out.
The visitors are without an away win in their last five attempts against Levante struggling at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia. To make matters worse Valencia have only scored twice in the last five matches at the Estadi and failed to score more than once.
With the bad start to the season for Valencia, this fixture is significantly important to win ahead of the international break next week and Marcelino will be hoping his new signings can break the hoodoo at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia.
Levante look set to be going into this fixture unchanged but brief glimpses of good form off the bench from Raphael Dwamena could see him push for a place in the starting line-up.
After last weekend’s surprising defeat to Espanyol, Los Che will be hoping to grab their first win of the season and changes are likely. New signing, Guedes is certain to go straight into the starting XI and replace Carlos Soler while Denis Cheryshev and Kevin Gameiro could also come into the starting line-up in places of Daniel Wass and Santi Mina respectively.
With important centre back Ezequiel Garay still out injured, Marcelino will be nervous on his defence and will be hoping his star striker, Rodrigo can paper over any cracks.
Levante (4-2-3-1): Oier, Coke, S.Postigo, Rober, Tono, Campana, Doukure, Dwamena, Bardhi, Morales, Roger
Valencia (4-4-2): Neto, Piccini, Gabriel, Diakhaby, Gaya, Guedes, Parejo, Kondogbia, Cheryshev, Gameiro, Rodrigo
Levante 1 – 1 Valencia