LEVANTE UD (12th) vs. SEVILLA FC (3th)
1330 EST / 1930 CET / 0530 AEST
It couldn’t have been a better start for us in terms of consolidating our spot in the CL next season. The only way to make it count is through consistency. Although these matches will come in quickly, it’s still a long way till we achieve this season’s goal.
Our opponent will be a tricky Levante side who are just coming off a derby of their own against Valencia. They managed to salvage a draw through a 98th minute penalty, after playing with 10-men for the last 15-20 minutes. They are also playing away from their traditional stadium, this time at the Camilo Cano de La Nucia stadium in Alicante. It’s possible this feels like a neutral ground for both teams.
The entire squad is traveling to Alicante, as Gudelj returns after serving his suspension. Pepe Mena & Genaro are the only cantera players included this time.
Projected XI (4-3-3): Vaclík; Navas, Gómez, Diego Carlos, Escudero; Gudelj, Jordán, Banega; Suso, De Jong, Nolito.
All eyes will certainly be on José Campaña this evening. The ex-Sevilla man is having a stellar campaign so far, and was as impressive in last Friday’s Valencian derby. Perhaps this will be his audition for Sevilla’s midfield next season?
Levante suffered their worst ever defeat (2-6) to us in this fixture last year, but we aren’t the same all-out attacking side from then. On the contrary, we seemed to have maintained our resolute defence from earlier this season. Will our away form — 2nd best in the league — follow suit?