Derby without looking back

The two teams try to chain a couple of positive results to be able to dream of Europe. The granotas are excited to finish ahead of the chés.


Today could have been a big night in Valencia: derby and the Fallas premiere. The pandemic has destroyed the plan, like so many others, so the Valencian football fans at least have to enjoy the local rivalry game on TV. And to be able to do it at least with less anxiety than in recent weeks (follow the game live on .

The Levantinists have already left behind the stress of playing two games a week and have already forgotten what could have been and it was not in the Cup. The Valencianists, with their three consecutive wins at home, seem to have taken a mattress to avoid constantly staring, anguished, in the rear-view mirror.

Both arrive at the derby with a certain calm. If they do not fall into a spin, they have guaranteed permanence and now it is a question of chaining a couple of positive results to be able to dream of Europe, in the last ten days, the moment of truth that Luis Aragonés said. Staying above Valencia is something that is proposed in the Ciutat. They have never done it and the granotas are very excited.

The two groups arrive with many casualties. It is not news in the Levante that already accumulates weeks with a full infirmary. At least Róber Pier and Sergio León are back. In Valencia, the problem comes from the sanctions. Four headlines are (Gayà, Racic, Soler and Maxi) and Javi Gracia has tried several changes. He has even tried three centrals in case Paco bets on a drawing with a defense of five.Claves

Systems: Paco López handles various drawings depending on the rival and the circumstances of his team. Gracia has rehearsed several this week in case she has to trace the drawing to equalize forces.

Image outside: Valencia arrives at the Ciutat after giving a terrible image in their last two trips (Valdebebas and Getafe). Javi Gracia wants to change the image at home.

Return home: Levante is back at the Ciutat and wants to resume the good run. The last day at home meant defeat in the Cup semi-final against Athletic.

Join talent: Gracia could bet on joining Kang-in Lee and Guedes in the eleven, something that has not happened since September. The Korean would be on the right and the Portuguese on the top.

Speed: Morales and De Frutos are two sprinters who will want to punish the Valencian defense. Ches must control losses in midfield.

Aces to follow

Bardhi: The Macedonian wants to put his quality at the service of Levante. His last pass is key in Levante's attacks.

Oliva: After being fundamental in the comeback to Villarreal, he will have his chance from the start. He wants to earn a place.

Highs and Lows

Levante: Radoja, Postigo, Campaña and Melero are injured. Paco López recovers Róber Pier and Sergio León.

Valencia: Javi Gracia has four sanctioned: Gayà, Soler, Racic and Maxi Gómez. Also, Cheryshev is injured and Piccini is not yet ready to return.

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