Levante vs Atletico Madrid – Copa Del Rey – Betting Preview
Levante is going strong in the second division in Spain and will not fear the opponent Atletico Madrid in this knock-out competition.
Sitting 3rd in the table but respected as one of the best squads in the league, Levante will provide a stern test here for the favourite Atletico.
The host is roundly expected to be one of the clubs set to be promoted this season and that is their aim. They haven’t prioritised the cup until now, but are keen to get as far as possible since knocking Getafe out in the previous round.
Levante is without Roger, Mustafi and the speedy Rober Ibanez, all would be pushing for starts if available.
The manager Javi Calleja can recall Montiel and Pepelu who are fresh having served a suspension in their weekend win over Granada 3-1. The predicted starting side in the Spanish press is said to be their best possible.
Atletico Madrid Summary
Atletico Madrid’s league form is poor, and the cup may provide welcome relief as a result. The club are keen to boost confidence and keep up the push for silverware, and this is the most realistic chance of a trophy this season.
Simeone is expected to leave at the end of this season which has generated instability and insecurity in the club.
Should Atletico Madrid get knocked out by Levante it would be a disaster, so motivation is strong for the visitor and right now, this is a competition they will put all their focus on.
Diego Simeone has Savic back from a suspension but Gimenez remains out in the defence.
The boss is also without the speedy winger Carrasco due to a knock and so this forces a move at left wing-back.
Press in the Spanish capital predict the following team based on Tuesday’s preparation for the game in Levante. The expected XI is the best they have available. Oblak; Nahuel, Savic, Hermoso, Reinildo; De Paul, Kondogbia, Barrios; Llorente, Morata, Griezmann.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. The favourite for this game is Primera side Atletico @ 1.76. Levante is going well in the second division and should be treated with respect. The home side is @ 4.70 to win while the draw in 90 minutes is @ 3.60.
Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest. Atletico Madrid is given a -0.75 start to their host @ 1.94. This means Atleti will need to win by two goals to get backers a full win. Levante has only lost twice at home this season and won half of their games, so far from a fortress when playing in front of their support. Levante +0.75 is @ 1.98.
Looking at The Under/Over market last of all. The goal line dropped from 2.5 to 2.25, meaning punters do not expect goals. Under 2.25 is @ 1.94 and Over is @ 1.84.