04 January 2020 live
Atlético Madrid have never lost at home to Levante in league football (W13, D2), with ten straight victories dating back to 2006/07 – five of them by a margin of at least two goals and four of the last six with a clean sheet. With their last three home victories all by two goals, as well as five cleansheets at home this La Liga (LL) season, they appear in good shape to continue the trend.
Despite some sluggish starts, having opened the scoring in just four of their nine home LL fixtures (W5, D3, L1), Atlético have gone on to win two of the three (L1) in which they conceded the first goal of the game, with five of their 12 goals recorded at home this LL season falling after the 60th minute.
Levante have not scored a first-half goal at Atlético since 2013/14, but with goals before the break in four of their last seven LL away trips this season (W3, L4), they have shown at least some capability of beginning well. However, consistency eludes them, with points not collected in consecutive away fixtures this campaign.
Gaining the upper hand early appears even more vital to Levante’s fortunes. As a result of having failed to record a single equaliser on the road this season, Levante have lost all four occasions when conceding the first goal of the game.
Players to watch: Playmakers Ángel Correa (ATM) and José Campaña (LEV) are both sure to be busy, having recorded assists in their last LL appearances at home and away, respectively.
Stat attack: Atlético Madrid have collected just 16 yellow cards at home this LL season (1.78 per game).
All but one of the last five H2H meetings have produced over 2.5 total goals, despite both teams scoring in just two.
Only two referees are awarding more than Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea’s 5.71 yellow cards per game after 18 weeks.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 18:30.