Before the New Year, Spain open the next round of the Primera with a meeting between Valencia and Espanyol. It does not end until Tuesday. Amongst others, Villarreal and Levante will play on that day. Will the submariners retain the pace they showed before the Christmas break? The website experts have compiled an exclusive forecast for the match on January 3, 2022. Full match statistics and all odds can be found at promo code for 1xbet registration.
Villarreal were unlikely to want the winter break to start the season
The Yellow Submarine have had a very difficult entrance to the new football year. But in December, the team finally picked up momentum. Perhaps they were motivated by winning a key encounter in the Champions League. Having beaten Atalanta in Bergamo 3-2, the Spaniards secured a place in the play-offs of the main European competition. After that, they managed to pick up 4 wins in a row, including 9 out of a possible 9 in the La Liga. And they defeated potential rivals in the fight for the European Cup: 2-0 against Rayo Vallecano, 3-1 against Real Sociedad. But still Unai Emery’s side are only 9th in the table with 25 points after 18 games – definitely not what they expected…
Levante are standing deaf to relegation, but can also put a foot in the door
The Frogs have already had two changes of manager. But everyone seems to have realised by now that the 2nd round must be spent preparing for a move to the Segunda. It’s hard to find the mood for the New Year with Christmas, when you’re hanging in last place in the standings, even from 19th position behind by 6 points, and from Elche by 7. That’s already a lot, and when you consider that only 8 points have been gained in almost the entire first round, and not a single win! And half of that baggage the team picked up before mid-September, in the first 5 rounds of the new championship. On the other hand, the players can already play for fun, and it’s not that easy to beat this outsider. With Atletico and Osasuna there were zero draws, with Espanyol and Valencia in mid-December, on the contrary, thrillers with shootouts that ended in 3-4.
Villarreal have won all their last 3 matches in the championship, including defeating the Frogs 5-1 in April this year. But just before that, in the Copa del Rey quarter-final, Levante beat the Underwaterers in extra-time thanks to Rojer’s only goal in the 121st minute!
Villarreal are not flawless either, but Levante are simply weak. We’ll bet on the home side to win with a -1 goal handicap (odds – 1.75).