Sports Mole brings you live coverage of today's La Liga clash between Getafe and Levante at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
By Matt Law, European Football Editor Filed: Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 10:30 UK
Last Updated: Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 17:21 UK
Good morning and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of today's La Liga clash between Getafe and Levante at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
The home side have made a solid start to the La Liga campaign and sit in 10th position with 10 points from their opening seven league matches. Meanwhile, Levante sit two spots lower but with the same points as their opponents.
The corresponding fixture between the two sides last season ended in a 1-1 draw in August 2011, but Getafe recorded an impressive 2-1 win over Levante in January of this year.
Both sides also enter the match with victories in their last league encounters before the international break.
A single goal was enough to secure all the points for Getafe away at Real Zaragoza, while Levante recorded a home win over struggling Valencia.
Please note that kickoff is at 11am.
12.55pmThe result moves Levante into fifth place in the table. Meanwhile, Getafe remain 11th. Thanks for joining Sports Mole for the action and join us from 2.30pm for Espanyol vs. Rayo. Until then!
12.52pmSo there we have it. Levante pick up their first away win of the season courtesy of a late strike from Michel. The home side had the majority of possession, but they could not force an opener.
45 minMeanwhile, we will play just the one minute of added time at the end of the half.
44 minStill Getafe threaten in the final stages of the half with a host of corners, but Levante stand up to the pressure on more than one occasion.
42 minAnother sighter for the home side as Leon fires a corner just under the crossbar, but the danger is cleared by Navarro. Little under three minutes of normal time remaining.
40 minHalf-chance for Getafe as Leon whips a dangerous free kick into the penalty area, but Navarro jumps highest to head clear. All one-way traffic in the past few moments.
38 minDecent pressure from the away side as they force a corner on the right, but El Zhar's cross is cleared by Leon. Little over five minutes of the half remaining.
36 minThe home side have certainly upped the pace in the past few moments. This time it was Alcacer who advanced into the Levante box, but only a fine challenge from Garcia cleared the danger.
34 minAgain it's bright work from Getafe as Leon advances into the penalty area, but his cross is blocked by Pedro Lopez. Suddenly the match has a bit of urgency. Keep this coming!
33 minHalf-chance for the home side as Gavilan collects a pass from Rafa, but his effort is pushed wide by Munua. Finally we have had an attempt on goal.
31 minWe have seen very little from Levante'a attacking duo of Martins and El Zhar thus far. Meanwhile, aside from Leon, Getafe have struggled to get their forward players on the ball.
29 minHalf-chance for Diop as he strikes an effort from distance, but Moya gathers the danger with ease. It's a little bit better from the away side.
27 min... but in keeping with the context of the match, the ball from Barkero is poor and drifts straight out of play. That's not great.
26 minI would love to be able to bring you some action, but there has been a real lack of it thus far. However, Levante have a free kick some 40 yards from goal...
24 minPossession football from the home side at the moment as we approach the 30-minute mark in the match. There have been a couple of half-chances, but no more than that.
22 minFirst yellow card of the match is handed to Rafa Lopez for handball when Martins chipped the ball over the defender. That has been the star moment of this half thus far.
20 minIt's a slightly bitty match at the moment with both sides giving away free kicks in the opposing half. The game is really crying out for some inspiration.
18 minAgain it breaks down on the edge of the box for Getafe as Leon combines with Lafita, but Barkero is there to make the challenge. End-to-end stuff at the moment.
16 minNot a great deal happening at the moment truth be told. Getafe are enjoying possession of the ball, while the threat from Levante is on the counter.
14 minIt just isn't quite happening for the home side at the moment. Alcacer and Torres combine to good effect outside the box, but it breaks down.
12 minAgain it's smart work from Leon as he picks up possession outside the box before firing an effort towards goal, but Munua is on hand to collect the danger. No real chances for either side thus far.
10 minThe match has just become ever so sloppy in the past few moments with both sides exchanging possession in midfield. You just get the feeling that it is going to be that type of match.
8 minEarly chance for Levante as El Zhar attempts to find the run of Diop. However, Miguel Moya collects the danger on this mild morning in Madrid.
6 minDecent work from Getafe as Miguel Torres advances down the left, but David Navarro is on hand to clear the danger for a corner. It is all one-way traffic at the moment.
4 minIt will be interesting to see how Martins does for the away side. The former Newcastle United striker has scored two goals since joining from Rubin Kazan in the summer. However, the home side are dominating possession in the early stages.
2 minHalf-chance for the home side as Pedro Leon strikes an effort from distance, but it was always moving wide of the target.
1 minGetafe kick us off and immediately take control of possession in midfield. There are quite a few empty seats in the stadium it must be said.
10.57amRight, here we go then. Both sets of players have joined us on the pitch ahead of kickoff. Victory for either could move them as high as fifth in the table.
10.54amOur final Spanish commentary of the day pits Real Sociedad against Atletico Madrid from 8pm. Stay with us and you will not miss a kick.
10.51amLooking ahead to the rest of the day's action. Join us from 2.30pm for Espanyol vs. Rayo Vallecano. Meanwhile, Granada vs. Zaragoza will follow at 5pm.
10.48amRegular followers of my commentaries will know what time it is now - my pre-match prediction. I think this game has got a 1-1 draw written all over it. But I expect Levante's pace to cause the home side problems.
10.45amIn terms of the head-to-head record between the two sides, both have won six and drawn eight of their 20 matches. But Getafe have a slightly better goals scored with 1.15 per match to Levante's 1.1. I bet you didn't know that!
10.39amTeam News: Pedro Leon and Xavi Torres have both been passed fit for the home side. Meanwhile, Levante name Nabil El Zhar and Obafemi Martins in attack.
10.36amLevante have won two of their last three league matches, but they have suffered defeat in their last two - in the league to Osasuna and in the Europa League against German outfit Hannover.
10.33amHowever, our focus now switches to two sides that have made encouraging starts to their domestic campaigns. The home side enter the match having won their last two league matches, but they have struggled in their own backyard thus far.
10.30amGood morning all! What a Saturday of La Liga action it was. The highlight was undoubtedly the nine-goal thriller between Deportivo La Coruna and Barcelona at the Riazor. However, there were also wins for Malaga, Real Madrid and Valencia.