Date: August 24, 2014
Venue: Ciutat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Kick-off time: 21:00 BST
Levante and Villarreal will kick-start their new Liga BBVA season in Spain with a round one fixture at the Ciutat de Valencia in Valencia, Spain.
The teams will be looking to start their season on a high after some good work last season. It was not long ago that Levante were fighting for a champions league berth in the La Liga while Villarreal have traditionally had very good entertaining teams in the past.
They finished in the top six last season as well which means that the Yellow Submarines have qualified for the Europa League this season.
Levante have played a total of seven matches in preparation for the La Liga this season. Out of these seven matches, the home team have managed a 3 victories, a couple of drawn matches and a couple of losses. Worryingly for this side though, Levante have lost two of their last three matches in preparation for the season and drawn their last game against Elche on August 13.
While they have lost Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas to Real Madrid, Levante have bought well in the transfer market so far with Rafael Martins the pick of the lot.
Villarreal come into the season in great form. They have won all five of their pre-season friendlies in August where they have played against Middlesbrough (0-2), Swansea City (0-3), Sassuolo (4-2), Real Zaragoza (1-2), and Astana (0-3).
The tactics of the manager, Marcelino Garcia Toral seem to be working rather well for this side and fans can be guaranteed of some entertainment when they go onto the pitch. It may be noted that this side started last season with three consecutive victories and were only stopped by Real Madrid.
Levante: Rafael Martins
Martins scored 15 goals in 28 appearances for his last club in Brazil and at 25 years of age, he is considered to be matured enough to adapt to the Spanish league. He will be the one that his teammates will be looking to for inspiration come the start of the season.
Villarreal: Giovani Dos Santos
The Mexican striker has been in great form off late and scored and assisted in Villarreal’s last pre-season friendly. One can expect him to light things up in Valencia on Sunday night with his array of skills on the ball.
Villarreal will win this thing should they keep their heads although it would be wrong to expect a very straightforward game for the away team. They start at odds of 2.2 to win it, but I am expecting less than 2.5 goals in this encounter – with Sky Bet offering 1.72 for that.