Levante vs Lugo – Granotas to outclass Segunda strugglers at home

Hosts to secure easy passage to Copa Del Rey quarter finals
Levante vs Lugo Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Levante tipped to make light work of Lugo in Copa del Rey (Getty Images)

Levante vs Lugo Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

Levante are tipped to win when they take on Segunda Division team Lugo in the second leg of their Copa Del Rey Round of 16 tie at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia. The hosts have a record of scoring goals at home, so a handicap bet is likely to provide value.

Levante UD Form & Team News 

Granotas have struggled for consistency this season with six wins and five defeats in 14 La Liga matches. They currently sit sixth on the table with 21 points, three behind Deportivo Alaves, who occupy the final UEFA Champions League place.

Paco Lopez's team prepared for their clash against Lugo with an impressive 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in a Monday night clash in La Liga. Chema opened the scoring in first half added time while Jose Campana and Roger Marti added further goals after the break.

Marti is the top scorer for Levante this season with eight goals in 12 matches. The striker is set to start in attack on Thursday while Borja Mayoral could also feature after netting the equalizer in the 1-1 draw in the first leg.

Paco Lopez's Levante team expected to claim comfortable win (Getty Images)

CD Lugo Form & Team News

Lugo are having a disappointing campaign in the Segunda Division this season with just four wins from 16 matches. They are 16th on the table, just one point above the relegation places.

They travel to Levante off the back of a 1-0 defeat away at Osasuna in a Segunda fixture last Sunday. They were second best throughout the encounter and barely offered any threat to the home team’s defence.

Goals have been a problem for Alberto Monteagudo's team lately having failed to score in four of their last five matches. Striker Cristian has netted three goals in all competitions this season, including the opener in the first leg in November and is expected to lead the line once again on Thursday. 

Levante vs Lugo Head-to-Head

Levante and Lugo have faced each other three times in the past with both teams claiming one victory each. The most recent meeting was the first leg of Thursday's clash which ended 1-1.

Levante vs Lugo Match Up 

Levante enjoy an attacking style of play and are one of the top scorers in the La Liga this season. The duo of Marti and Jose Luis Morales have combined for 12 goals and should comfortably get the better of the visitors.

The hosts also appear to have tightened up at the back lately with two clean sheets in their last three home matches. They should have no problems against a Lugo forward line that has failed to score in four of their last five matches.

Levante forward Roger Marti has been in good form and is likely to be the key man (Getty Images)

Levante vs Lugo Key Statistics 

  • Levante have won 3 of their last 4 home matches (All Competitions).
  • Levante have kept clean sheets in 2 of their last 3 home matches (All Competitions).
  • Lugo have lost 3 of their last 4 matches (All Competitions).
  • Lugo have failed to score in 4 of their last 5 matches (All Competitions).

Levante vs Lugo Verdict

Levante appear to be in good form at the moment and should be too strong for the Segunda Division team. They are poised to secure a comfortable win on Thursday.

Best Bet: Levante Win to Nil @ 2.35 – 5 Units
Handicap Bet: Levante -1 @ 2.14 – 4 Units
Correct Score Tip: Levante Win 3-0 @ 10.00 – 1 Unit
Tolu Shotade 09 December 2018

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