Levante 0-2 Atletico Madrid – Copa Del Rey – Betting Review
Levante had plenty of good patches and at times looked like the classier team in this game, but ultimately fell due to a more clinical opponent who ran out hard-fought winners.
Despite making it harder work than it perhaps needed to be, Atletico Madrid moved to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals by beating Segunda División side Levante 2-0 at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia.
The win came courtesy of goals from Álvaro Morata and Marcos Llorente, both in the second half, Llorente’s goal came in added time to secure progression to the next round.
The goals came after a balanced first half which saw Levante look more than comfortable going toe to toe with one of Spain’s biggest clubs.
This was the classic tie of a struggling team with plenty of quality coming up against a flying team of lesser quality but keen to compensate with hard work.
Levante was unbeaten under Javi Calleja entering this game and hadn’t been beaten at home since October. They played with swagger and looked like the better team in the first part.
Atlético Madrid, on the other hand, struggled. The team lacked fluidity and structure. Levante looked comfortable in possession while the visitor never settled or got going.
Atletico’s defensive shakiness may have been punished by an opponent that offered more quality in attack. Levante’s had chances and a first-half goal ruled out due to a foul
Levante had the better chances but ended up going behind with Morata getting on the scoresheet early in the second period.
Levante huffed and puffed but the goal deflated them and they struggled to get level.
Llorente was a rare star performer for the La Liga side and he added a goal of his own in added time, breaking through the tired Levante defence before applying a composed finish past Joan Femenías.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. The favourite won but Atletico @ 1.76 backers would not have felt at all confident during the first half.
Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest. In typical Atletico Madrid fashion, they found a way to beat the -0.75 handicap that was set. Covering the margin of win needed @ 1.94. As above, bettors of Atletico would not have felt at all comfortable for the majority of this game, but greatly relieved with the added time second goal which got them a full win.
Looking at The Under/Over market last of all. The goal line dropped from 2.5 to 2.25, meaning punters did not expect goals. This proved to be a correct anticipation, although with better Levante finishing in the first half, it could have been different. Under 2.25 backers got a half win @ 1.94.