Levante vs Malaga is a match between two teams with opposing realities that star in one of the most important games of Matchday 18 of La Liga 2, which continues even though the soccer calendar shows that the Qatar World Cup is being played. The Spanish second division does not stop, and the Levante vs Malaga match brings back old memories of two teams that used to enjoyed good times in the elite of Iberian soccer.
Levante is in fifth position and it is still lurking behind the leader, Alavés. On the other hand, Malaga is a shipwreck, and it is in the penultimate position, at risk of relegation to the third division.
Here, at JefeBet we bring you all the information about this match, and also the predictions and the odds for Levante vs Malaga, a clash between two teams that have a lot of history and that meet face to face in La Liga 2.
Predictions, Odds, and Betting Preview for the Levante vs Malaga LaLiga 2 Matchday 18 on December 4, 2022
- Where: Ciudad de Valencia Stadium – Valencia, Spain.
- When: Sunday, December 4th, 3 PM E.T.
- Moneyline: Levante (-159) / Tie (+275) / Malaga (+450).
- Asian Handicap: Levante (-0.75, -124), Malaga (+0.75, -106).
- Over/Under (2.5): Over (+110) / Under (-148)
- Both teams score: Yes (+106) / No (-143).
Odds provided by Unibet.
Levante is coming from two consecutive draws, against Lugo and Las Palmas, but is going through a very good moment. It has not lost since October 9, when it was defeated by Racing de Santander 1-0. They have lost just three games so far this season and they have a solid defense that has allowed them few goals: 13.
Levante is in fifth position and is, among the teams fighting at the top, the one with the most even performance in the last few games they have played. The team is led by Roberto Soldado, and by Vicente Iborra, the former Sevilla player.
Probable lineup (4-2-3-1): Dani Cárdenas; Son, Roberto Suárez Pier, Rúben Vezo, Álex Muñoz; Vicente Iborra, Pepelu; Jorge De Frutos, Jonathan Montiel, José Gómez Campana; Roberto Soldado.
For Malaga, the change of coach brought some relief to the team. The Argentine Pablo Guede, a club idol who could not find a way to make the team work, departed and then arrived David Gallego, to whom it took two months to bring some peace to Malaga’s fans. The team won again in the last matchday, a tight 1-0 win against Ponferradina, a win that still cannot get Malaga out of the relegation red zone.
The team is second to last with 14 points, and is only behind Ibiza that has 12 points. The outlook is bleak for a club that used to be among the at the top not so long ago.
Rubén Castro is the team’s top scorer with three goals, followed by Cristian Gutiérrez with two. Numbers that are too low for a team in desperate need of a win. Gutiérrez and Argentine Esteban Burgos, who is injured, are still in doubt for the trip to Valencia.
Probable lineup (4-4-2): Rubén Yáñez; Juanfrán Moreno, Esteban Burgos, Juan de Dios Rivas, Lumor Agbenyenu; Haitam Abaida, Aleix Febas, Alberto Escassi, Cristian Gutiérrez; Rubén Castro, Fran Villalba.
Levante will have no problem defeating a team that lacks hierarchy and whose performance is putting them in a complicated spot week after week. It will be a resounding victory for the Valencians, who want to return to the first division.
Prediction: Levante wins 2 to 0.
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