Valencia will enter this season with great suspicion when a series of stars have split from the team. Specifically, important midfield duo Francis Coquelin and Dani Parejo went together to Villarreal while Rodrigo went to Leeds United and Ferran Torrea went to Man City. In defense, Piccini went to Atalanta and Ezequiel Garay was not able to renew his contract.
Apparently, the frame of the Bats for the past 3 seasons is gone and now they have to rebuild. Worth mentioning, the Mestalla team will also start the season with new coach Javi Gracia. After 4 years, this coach will return to La Liga so it will also face many difficulties. Before that, Gracia had 4 successful friendly matches with 3 wins and 1 draw. This is also a bit of a bright spot to help NHM Valencia hope when the team faces too many difficulties.
Despite being able to start at home, having to kick the Valencia derby with rival Levante shows that Valencia will also have a difficult game. Levante does not have too much roster shuffle towards stability with coach Paco Lopez, who will have a third consecutive season leading the team. Before this match, Levante had 5 very successful friendlies when they won 4 and drew 1.
Worth mentioning, they drew 0-0 against Javi Gracia’s Valencia. Therefore, the away team can still think about earning points for this match. In the two matches last season, Valencia won 4-2 at Levante, but drew 1-1 at home. Before that, Valencia had won all 5 seasons of this rivalry. In the last bad season, the home field was still the fulcrum of the Bats when they won 11/19 matches.
In contrast, Levante lost 12/19 away matches. However, The departure of a series of pillars plus a replacement will make Valencia not really stable in terms of gameplay. Therefore, we should still believe that the stability will help Levante get points in this match.