Barcelona’s struggles continue to plague the Catalan club and their coach Ronald Koeman, with Levante the next opponents for the Blaugrana this weekend. The Frogs have had some success against Barca in recent years, with an away win here only serving to ramp up the pressure on their crisis club hosts.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 13 December, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Levante: Premier Sports
Last time: Ansu Fati hit a quick-fire first-half brace as Barcelona beat Levante 2-1 at the Nou Camp in February, with Ruben Vezo’s injury-time strike nothing but a late consolation.
Barcelona v Levante Predictions and Preview
Barcelona will no doubt hope for a straightforward, comfortable victory over Levante on Sunday night. This is a fixture that’s provided plenty of fireworks over recent seasons though, and the visitors will fancy their chances of playing a Barca team far from their best at present.
Levante beat Barcelona 3-1 in their home game against the Catalans last term, and also have a Copa del Rey victory in the books against the Blaugrana from the year before. Barca may have thrashed the Frogs 5-0 the season before that, but Levante put five past the then newly-crowned champions in a thrilling 5-4 triumph in May 2018.
Barcelona surrendered their La Liga crown to Real Madrid last season, and Koeman looks incapable of wrestling it back this term. Barca are a club in disarray from top to bottom, and even contrived to lose 3-0 at home to a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday, to miss out on topping their group heading into the last 16.
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That made it back-to-back defeats for the Blaugrana, following their 2-1 loss to Cadiz last weekend. Incredibly, that was Barcelona’s fourth La Liga defeat of the season already, with the campaign only 10 games old. Koeman has only guided his new team to two wins in their last eight league matches, and another defeat in this Barcelona v Levante preview would be disastrous.
The fact that the club’s presidential elections are due to take place next month means Koeman is unlikely to face the sack before Christmas, but there’s no doubt Barcelona are a mess right now. Despite that, they are the heavy favourites for the win on Sunday night, priced at 2/7 in the latest odds for this game.
Levante are out at 11/1 with William Hill, which is certainly worth a look if you fancy the upset. Champions Madrid are the only team to beat Barca at the Nou Camp this season though, so a draw may be the most the visitors can hope for. Given Levante drew five successive games before last weekend, that’s also worth a look at 6/1.
One to watch for Barcelona: It’s tough to take your eyes off Lionel Messi in normal circumstances, but even more so right now. Barca fans will hope to see their captain show how much he loves their club by stepping up to the plate when they need him most, with the Argentine 13/5 to break the deadlock with his fifth goal of the season.
One to watch for Levante: Jose Luis Morales has also scored four La Liga goals so far this term, which has already equalled his tally from 38 appearances last season. The Madrid-born man is 16/1 to open the scoring in these Barcelona v Levante predictions.
Long shot: Levante are down in 17th place in La Liga, but they’re unbeaten in their last six matches. Astonishingly, prior to last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Getafe, Paco Lopez’s side drew 1-1 five times in a row. The same scoreline here is priced at 14/1, rising to 45/1 with Messi scoring first and 254/1 with Morales opening the scoring.