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Almeria coach Francisco Javier Rodriguez has laughed off suggestions that his side's match with Levante has the importance of a cup final.

Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid, Jose Antonio Garcia Rabasco of Almeria

The Andalusian side, who were promoted through the play-offs last season, are yet to win a single match so far on their return to the Primera Division but the coach is certain they are not far away from getting their first victory.

He told a press conference: "Calling this game a final seems crazy to me after just four games. I believe that we must be conscious of the fact that we're going to treat every game in the top flight as if it were a final.

"We don't have the anxiety that comes with playing a final, but we have the same enthusiasm and determination to return to playing well again so we can give ourselves a chance to win a game in the Primera Division, which is very difficult.

"But I'm sure we're going to do that."

On this weekend's opponents, he said: "They have top class players, such as their latest signings [Jordi] Xumetra and Baba [Diawara].

"They offer a lot in attack and that means we will have to be 100 per cent focused.

"They are a good defensive side, full of commitment, that is tactically disciplined and if we are to beat them we will have to produce a big performance."

Rodriguez has no injury concerns but welcomes back full-back Sebastian Dubarbier from suspension.

Levante will be without Pedro Lopez and Ruben Garcia, while Pape Diop and Nabil El Zhar are doubtful owing to injury.

Diawara, who made his debut from the bench in a goalless draw with Real Sociedad, could make his first start, with coach Joaquin Caparros experimenting with partnering him with Andreas Ivanschitz in attack.



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