Levante and Girona faced each other just last week in the Copa del Rey. Levante came out on top during that encounter, winning 2-0 at the Montilivi. Girona travels to Valencia this weekend to try and get revenge. Both sides are actually level on points in the La Liga table with 12 points apiece. Levante are only above Girona on goal difference.
Although this time the clubs will face each other in the Nou Estadi, the result is anything but secure for the Frogs. Girona have been on a good run of form and have won their last two matches in La Liga. The Whites and Reds are still enjoying a high after securing a famous win against Real Madrid at home last Sunday.
However, Girona are still wary that this match will be a difficult one and that it is still too early in the season to celebrate being able to stay in the first division. Girona coach Pablo Machín commented, “We have to give everything we can to distance ourselves from the red relegation line. We have to keep steadily gaining points.”
Meanwhile, as far as La Liga is concerned, Levante have not won in five matches and Levante coach Juan Muñiz has been receiving criticism. Muñiz mentioned his frustration with some the anxiety surrounding his club. “it is one of the things that surprises me. We are in a very difficult competition, of a very high level. We know that the moments will be tough, we don’t take any point for granted.”
Levante are still without López, Martí, Jason and Nano for Sunday’s match. Three of the four are out due to ruptures or strains of the cruciate ligament. Levante signed striker Enes Unal on loan from Villarreal this week, but Alegria is still likely to be starting up front. Meanwhile, Girona are missing Alcalá and Amagat.
The match is on Sunday at noon local time (11am BST). It remains to be seen whether Girona can keep their run of good form in La Liga. Or alternatively, if Levante can put a stop to their critics.