Espanyol vs. Levante 6/20/20 La Liga Soccer Picks and Prediction
Levante (10-5-14) at Espanyol (5-9-15)
La Liga Soccer: Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 8:00 am (RCDE Stadium)
The Line: Espanyol -110 / Draw +245 / Levante +280 -- O/U: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Espanyol and Levante square off in La Liga soccer action from the RCDE Stadium on Saturday morning.
Espanyol come into this match sitting in 19th place, tied with Leganes on 24 points with a record of 5 wins, 9 draws and 15 losses after a scoreless draw with Getafe in their last match. In the draw with Getafe, Espanyol were behind the eight ball early as Bernardo was sent off in the 16th minute for a clumsy challenge. Both sides would trade chances with Getafe holding Espanyol to just 31% possession, but in the end, the spoils were shared as neither side found the breakthrough goal. Wu Lei and Raul de Tomas lead Espanyol in scoring with 4 goals apiece while Matias Vargas, Adrian Embarba and Jonathan Calleri each have 3 assists on the year. Diego Lopez is Espanyol’s starting goaltender, conceding 1.5 goals per 90 minutes with 4 clean sheets in 28 league appearances this season.
Levante on the other hand, come in sitting in 11th place after a 3rd consecutive draw left them tied with Osasuna and Alaves on 35 points following a 1-1 draw with Sevilla last time out. The draw left Levante with a record of 10 wins, 5 draws and 14 losses. In the tie with Sevilla, the first half saw no action, not a booking and not a goal but Sevilla would break the tie right out of the gate in the second half. Levante looked destined for defeat before Jorge Miramon pulled a goal back for Levante in the 87th minute, salvaging a point for Levante at home. Roger Marti leads Levante in scoring with 11 goals this season while Jose Campana has 5 assists for Levante to lead the team in that department. Altor Fernandez is Levante’s #1 goalkeeper, conceding 1.45 goals per 90 minutes with 4 clean sheets in 29 league appearances this season.
I strongly considered the draw given Levante’s form and that they’ve played three straight 1-1 draws. However, even with poor table positioning and a poor record, Espanyol has played some of their best soccer right out of the restart and if they’re going to make a push to save their season and avoid relegation, it has to start now while the team’s in good form. I just think there’s value here with Espanyol, so I’ll side with the hosts on the ML.