It has been an indifferent season to this point for Atletico Madrid, which means that there will be pressure on them to claim success in the Copa del Rey this term. On Wednesday, they come up against Levante in the round of 16.
Copa del Rey Preview
This season has been a challenging campaign for Atletico Madrid. The Spanish giants are already out of the title race, while they were also eliminated from the Champions League in the opening half of the season. Therefore, their best chance of a major honour this term will come in the Copa del Rey.
However, Atletico hasn’t won the competition since the 2012-13 season, which was their first success since the 1995-96 season. Atletico did look professional in their round of 32 tie a couple of weeks ago, as they edged to a comfortable 2-0 win on the road against Oviedo. Marcos Llorente scored the opening goal in that win after 24 minutes, before their place in this stage was assured after Pablo Barrios found the net with seven minutes remaining.
Levante’s main goal this term will be to immediately return to La Liga. They look on course to achieve that, as they currently sit third in the Segunda Division. They also should be confident ahead of this fixture, as they have gone five without defeat.
Levante also saw off La Liga opposition in the previous round, as they picked up a 3-2 win at home against Getafe. Sergio Postigo scored the first equalising goal, before Alex Munoz pulled them level for the second time after 62 minutes. However, Wesley was the hero for the second tier side, as the striker scored the winning goal after 91 minutes.
Levante vs Atletico Madrid Head to Head
Levante has a very good record against Atletico, as they have gone four without defeat. The most recent meeting came in February, with Levante picking up a 1-0 win a home. However, each of their previous two victories against Atletico has come in Madrid.
Levante vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
This will be a testing fixture for an out-of-sorts Atletico on Wednesday. We expect it to be a very tight fixture, with just one goal separating the sides. But, it appears hard to bet against Atletico with the quality that they boast in the final third of the pitch.
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