Espanyol and Levante will face on Thursday, January 4, in the second round of the King’s Cup of Spain 2017/2018 edition. At the RCDE stadium in Barcelona, the match starts scheduled at 18h (Brasília time).
The regulation of the tournament requires definition in two matches at this stage of the match. The second match is scheduled for Valencia on 11 January. If necessary the tie-breaker will be made in the balance of goals and more number of goals scored as a visitor.
The recent performance of Espanyol
In his last game of 2017 Espanyol surprised by defeating Atletico Madrid, runner-up of the Spanish league, by 1 to 0 in Barcelona. He thus halted a negative sequence of three matches (two losses and a draw) reaching 20 points (five wins, five draws and seven losses).
It’s in 15th place. He left behind just the Levante, who remained in the 18 points (three wins, nine draws and five losses), which was in the draw at home against Leganés in the seventeenth round of the 2017/2018 season of LaLiga.
This makes for both teams the only viable goal in the Spanish league is to escape from relegation. The sticking region is opened by La Coruña, eighteenth placed, which has 15 points.
The home campaign of Espanyol, however, is far superior. The team is LaLiga’s seventh best boss with 16 points (five wins, one draw and three losses) accumulated from the 27 played.
In the King’s Cup, the Barcelona team made their debut in the fourth stage and asserted their field command. After drawing a goalless draw against Tenerife, he won the second match 3-2.
current form of the Levante
Levante, on the other hand, secured their survival in the tournament by scoring 2-0 at Girona. In the second match, at home, he only managed the difference and advanced to the round of 16 with a 1-1 draw.
A leader in Spanish league equality with nine draws in 17 matches, the team has added half of its points out of their dominions. It is the twelfth best visitor to LaLiga.
As the Spanish Federation differentiates the King’s Cup from LaLiga at the time of the application of penalties, midfielder José Campaña (17 games in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship without a goal), who was sent off in the game against Leganés, is released to play in this Thursday.
Doubts for the confrontation are defender Ivan Lopez (three games, no goal); midfielder Cheick Doukoure (ten games, one goal); and the attackers Alex Alegria (nine games, no goal) and Marti Roger (without performances).
History of the matches Espanyol vs Levante
The tie was the most recorded result in the most recent clashes between Espanyol and Levante. There were five equalities in the last seven games. This includes the 0-0 of the first round of the current edition of the Spanish Championship. In addition, each team won once.
The two points that separate the two teams in the classification of the Spanish Championship show that there is no big technical difference between the teams that is able to justify a favoritism for the game. For acting in their domains, Espanyol appears as the best guessing option with a price of 1.75 in Rivalo. Tie pays premium of 3.30 and successful visitor multiplies the investment by 5.50.