• Valencia are unbeaten at home in La Liga this season.
  • Valencia beat Levante 4-2 in December.
  • Valencia scored two or fewer goals in 13 of their 14 league home games this season.
  • Levante lost 100% of their last five away matches.

Valencia targeting double derby delight

Valencia host local rivals Levante in the Derby del Turia in La Liga’s live offering on Friday evening, hoping to re-start their 2019/20 campaign in style at their neighbour’s expense.

After their form trailed off dramatically in the weeks leading up to Spanish club football’s postponement in March, Valencia will be desperate to get their quest for a top four finish back on track.

Los Che won just one of their eight fixtures in all competitions directly before the suspension of play across Europe – a dreadful run that saw them eliminated from both the Copa del Rey and Champions League, while a sequence of just one win in five La Liga assignments saw them lose ground on their top four rivals.

Valencia in 7th, are four points adrift of Real Sociedad in the final UCL qualification berth, though a win on Friday at home to their local adversaries would put them right back in the mix for a top four slot.

Valencia’s outstanding home form

Los Murcelagos’ exceptional home form in La Liga in 2019/20 suggests they should have little trouble claiming three points this weekend in the Derby del Turia against a Levante outfit that have lost more away games than any other Spanish top-flight club this term.

Valencia are one of only three La Liga clubs to still hold an unbeaten home record this season, and remarkably, Albert Celades’ men tasted defeat just once in 27 matches at the Estadio de Mestalla in the league in a run that stretches all the way back to November 2018.

Home win on the cards

Levante, who were turned over in 11 of their 14 away contests since August, were bested 4-2 when they met Valencia in the reverse fixture between the pair in December, and we expect the consistently poor travellers to be found wanting again.

With those factors considered, we think Valencia are excellent value to win at the prices available, while our correct score prediction forecasts a 2-1 home victory.

While Valencia’s results at the Estadio de Mestalla have been superb, their goal-scoring output remains modest. Celades’ charges notched two or fewer goals in 13 of their 14 La Liga home games this season, and scored exactly two goals in three of their last four matches on their own patch.

Levante are in the midst of a dismal run of five away defeats on the bounce, though they did manage to register in three of those games at Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Villarreal respectively, and having plundered consolation efforts against Valencia last year, we think they can make an impact on the scoreline again.

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