Levante can relegate Malaga and, at the same time, improve its Spanish Primera Division survival chance by winning Thursday’s game between the 17th- and 20th-ranked teams.
Sooner or later, some side will put Malaga out of its misery because it is inconceivable that the Anchovies will avoid dropping out of the Spanish Primera Division five seasons after reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. And that side could be Levante on Thursday.
Levante is 17th on the Spanish Primera Division ladder, 14 points better off than cellar dweller Malaga. Victory for Levante over Malaga will leave the Anchovies 17 points adrift of Spanish Primera Division safety with only 15 points up for grabs, thereby confirming the relegation of the Jose Gonzalez-coached team to Spain’s second tier.
In serious Spanish Primera Division relegation trouble at the start of March, Levante has lifted itself out of the drop zone with three wins, two draws and one loss in its last six league matches, with its unbeaten streak ending when it lost 0-3 at Atletico Madrid last time out. Levante is in much better form than a Malaga side that has won just one Spanish Primera Division game since Christmas and one’s number crunching suggests that the Frogs are much stronger than the Anchovies. According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Levante enjoys an 11-2-6 advantage over Malaga and that includes a progressive count of 5-0-2 that means that the Frogs have outperformed the Anchovies versus five of the league’s top seven teams.
Ruben Rochina will kick off his three-game Spanish Primera Division suspension for Levante but the Frogs have no other new absentees and one thinks that they will be up for the match at odds of -120 with Betway, whereas Malaga will have given up the ghost.
Also on Thursday, Atletico Madrid travels to San Sebastian to tackle Sociedad and one is interested in backing the Mattressmakers at odds of +130 with BetVictor to triumph.
The Spanish Primera Division title dream disappeared for Atletico Madrid when it lost 0-1 at Barcelona six rounds ago but the Mattressmakers want to stay above Real Madrid on the ladder. Atletico defeated Sociedad 2-1 in December’s reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Mattressmakers boast a 14-1-4 edge over La Real, including progressive counts of 5-0-0 and 11-0-2. Lucas Hernandez is banned for Atletico and Diego Costa is unlikely to feature for the Mattressmakers until the end of the month but Sociedad has plenty of missing personnel and one that thinks the market is incorrect.
Betis has climbed to fifth on the Spanish Primera Division ladder and one thinks that the Green and Whites will accrue three points from their Thursday game versus Las Palmas at best odds of -270 with 888Sport.
The Spanish Primera Division predicament of Las Palmas is almost as hopeless as that of Malaga so one does not expect the Yellows to put up too much of a fight against a Betis side that is eager to secure one of Spain’s UEFA Europa League berths and finish the season ahead of Sevilla.
According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Betis holds a 14-1-4 lead over Las Palmas and the midweek opponents could not be more different headspaces – the Green and Whites have won five league matches on the spin, whereas the Yellows have lost three in a row.
Levante to beat Malaga
Thursday 19th April, 20:30 GMT
Atletico Madrid to beat Real Sociedad
Thursday 19th April, 18:30 GMT
Real Betis to beat Las Palmas
Thursday 19th April, 20:30 GMT