With an uphill task, Levante will looking to inflict Barcelona’s second league defeat as they host the Blaugrana on 2nd November. The matched is schedule to kick off at 18:00 GMT at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia.
Spain giants Barcelona have an impressive league run with only one loss. The Blaugrana made a number of summer signings with the likes of De Jong and Griezzman making their stand in the team.
The defending champions thrashed side Granada 5-1 with the expertise of Lionel Messi contributing. However, with the suspension of the Argentinian, how will Ernesto Valverde line up? Levante currently are placed 14th placed after 10 games with 11 points
Levante vs. Barcelona Head to Head
Both teams have played 25 games together. Barcelona have emerged with 19 wins with Levante pulling off 2 wins. 4 games have ended in a draw by both teams.
Here is a look at past five matches results by Levante:
Real Betis 3-1 Levante
Levante 1-1 Osasuna
Leganes 1-2 Levante
Sevilla 1-0 Levante
Levante 0-1 Espanyol
Barcelona are currently at the top of the La Liga side. Here is their last past 5 encounters:
Barcelona 5-1 Real Vallavoid
Slavia Prague 1-2 Barcelona
Eibar 0-3 Barcelona
Barcelona 4-0 Sevilla
Barcelona 2-1 Inter Milan
Levante Team News
Center back ROber Pier is set to miss the clash after picking up a cruciate ligament injury. The injury has seen the center back miss out on 15 matches, but he is bound to make a comeback to full training in two weeks.
Added to the list of injuries is goalkeeper Oier Olazabal who sufferes an ankle injury. Left back Tono is also set to miss out on the game after picking a hamstring injury which has seen him miss 2 games. On the verge of suspension is defensive midfielder Nikola Vukcevic who has a tally of 4 yellow cards.
Barcelona Team News
Free kick maestro and specialist Lionel Messi is set to be sidelined from the match following a suspension through the sports court. Center back Samuel Umtiti will also be out after suffering knee problems.
New signing Antonie Griezmann and talisman Louis Suarez are set to start the lineup. The forward options can also be supplemented with youngster Ansu Fati. The center back options includes Lenglet and Pique backed with Sergio Roberto and Jordi Alba. De Jong and Busquets are set to supplement the midfield options.
Prediction and Odds
Barcelona Win – 1.37
Goals over 1.5 – 1.112
Both Team to Score (No) – 1.144
Griezmann to Score – 2.05