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Barcelona – Levante (La Liga)

Barcelona finished 2017 in the best way possible, winning another El Clásico, and now returns to Camp Nou where they will in action on Sunday against Levante, for the 18th round of La Liga. The Catalans are going through a superb moment of form and arrive here super motivated after finishing 2017 with a 3-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Levante, on their turn, arrive here winless in their last 5 consecutive matches in La Liga, being more and more near from the relegation zone.

Barcelona are in 1st place with 45 points, from 14 victories and 3 draws, with 45 goals scored and 7 goals conceded. The Catalans made, once again, the Santiago Bernabéu their own playground as they won 3-0 against Real Madrid in another edition of El Clásico and are now at the top of league table with 9 points clear from 2nd Atletico Madrid, and surely highly motivated after beating their greatest rival.

Still, on Wednesday, they were unable of beating Celta Vigo for the second time this season, this time in a match for the Copa del Rey, but it was a game where Ernesto Valverde rested several regular players. Camp Nou is a fortress for the Blaugrana, winning 7 of the 8 matches played here for La Liga, drawing the remaining against Celta Vigo, with a total of 26 goals scored and 4 conceded, averaging 3.25 goals scored per game, and only 0.5 conceded. The team have also kept 5 clean sheets in those 8 matches.

In their last 5 official matches, Barcelona has a record of 4 victories and 1 draw. This sequence of results started with a 2-0 victory against Sporting CP, for the Champions League. This result was followed by a 0-2 victory against Villarreal, a 4-0 victory over Deportivo, a 0-3 victory against Real Madrid, and in their last match, a 1-1 draw away to Celta Vigo. Umtiti, injured, and Busquets, suspended, are both out.

Probable Lineup: Stegen – Roberto, Piqué, Vermaelen and Alba – Paulinho, Rakitic, Vidal and Iniesta – Suárez and Messi.

laliga competiçaoLevante, on their turn, are in 16th place with 18 points, result of 3 victories, 9 draws and 5 defeats, with 15 goals scored and 22 goals conceded. Levante are facing a lot of difficulties in imposing themselves in the league table, arriving here with just 1 victory in their last 12 consecutive La Liga matches, that is, since September 25 they have won only once. The team getting very close to the relegation zone and are now only 3 points above the bottom three. Curiously, the Granotas have not lost any of their last 5 La Liga away matches, scoring 4 goals and conceding just 2. A curious record for Levante, but they arrive at Camp Nou with their two star players suspended, which can make it hard for the team to avoid another defeat.

In their last 5 official matches, Levante has a record of 1 victory, 3 draws and 1 defeat. This sequence of results started with a 0-0 draw away to Malaga. This result was followed by a 1-2 defeat against Athletic Bilbao, a 0-0 draw away to Sevilla, a 0-0 draw at home against Leganes, and in their last match, a 1-2 victory against Espanyol, for the Copa del Rey. Iván López and Alex Alegría, both injured, and Bardhi, Morales and Campaña, suspended, are all out for this match.

Probable Lineup: Olazábal – Pedro López, Postigo, Cabaco and Luna – Doukouré, Lukic and Lerma – Jason, Nano and Ivi.

Barcelona has won 7 of their last 7 direct clashes, drawing the other one.

Levante 0-2 Barcelona
Liga BBVA 15/16
Barcelona 4-1 Levante
Liga BBVA 15/16
Barcelona 5-0 Levante
Liga BBVA 14/15
Levante 0-5 Barcelona
Liga BBVA 14/15
Barcelona 5-1 Levante
Copa Rey 13/14
Levante 1-4 Barcelona
Copa Rey 13/14
Levante 1-1 Barcelona
Liga BBVA 13/14
Barcelona 7-0 Levante
Liga BBVA 13/14

Barcelona are in excellent form this season and are the only team in the league yet to know the taste of defeat. Levante have shown good results away from home, but against a team like Barcelona and without two of their star players, this can turn into a long afternoon.

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Barcelona
  • Country: Spain
  • Stadium: Camp Nou
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Levante
  • Country: Spain
  • Stadium: Ciudad de Valencia
  • City: Valencia
  • Establishment: 1909

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