Levante vs Barcelona Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Barcelona are predicted to secure the victory when they take on Levante at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia. This La Liga fixture was a nine goal thriller last season so I am taking Barcelona to win & over 3.5 goals at 2.06 with Lionel Messi tipped in the first goalscorer market.
Levante UD Form & Team News
Levante are flying high this season and have an outside chance of securing a European position. They go into Sunday’s clash with fond memories of last season’s thrilling 5-4 victory over the Catalans and are priced at 9.20 to secure another win.
Paco Lopez’s team were held to a 4-4 draw away at Eibar in their previous La Liga fixture last Sunday. Levante were made to come from behind with Jose Luis Morales, Rober and Borja Mayoral all on target.
Morales has scored five goals this season and is poised to retain his place in the team. The 31-year-old will be partnered in attack by Roger Marti, who is the club’s top scorer with eight goals in 13 matches.
FC Barcelona Form & Team News
The Catalans have qualified for the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League and are still setting the pace in La Liga. They have secured nine wins from 15 matches and are three points clear at the top of the table.
Barcelona secured a 4-0 victory over Espanyol in the Catalan derby last weekend with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele getting the goals. Dembele was also on target in midweek as Barca were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.
Manager Ernesto Valverde made a number of changes to the team that faced Spurs in midweek with the likes of Messi and Suarez not in the starting line up. Both men are set to return with Dembele also expected to retain his place in the team after scoring in his last two appearances.
Levante vs Barcelona Head-to-Head
Barcelona have a dominant record in this fixture with 17 wins and just one defeat in 22 previous matches against Levante. The Catalans have also won five of the last six meetings and are backed by bookmakers to secure another victory at odds of 1.27.
Levante secured their solitary win against Barcelona last season as they earned a 5-4 at home.
Levante vs Barcelona Match Up
Levante are usually victims of their progressive style of play and are often left exposed defensively. They have lost five of their last six matches against Barcelona and could once again be caught out by Suarez and Messi, who has scored 16 times in this fixture.
Levante vs Barcelona Key Statistics
- Levante have lost 5 of their last 6 matches against Barcelona (La Liga).
- Levante have lost 5 of their last 7 home matches against Barcelona (All Competitions).
- Levante and Barcelona have seen over 3.5 goals in 6 of their last 8 meetings (All Competitions).
- Barcelona have won 5 of their last 7 matches (La Liga).
- Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals in 14 matches against Levante (La Liga).
Barcelona have a good record against Levante and will be keen on getting their revenge for last season’s defeat. They should secure the win in another high scoring contest on Sunday with Lionel Messi the first goalscorer tip.
Best Bet: Barcelona Win & Over 3.5 goals @ 2.06 – 5 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Lionel Messi @ 3.50 – 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: Barcelona Win 4-1 @ 14.25 – 1 Unit