Barcelona vs Levante
Spain – Copa del Rey
Date: Thursday, 17th January 2019
Kick-off at 20.30 UK/ 21.30 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).
Barca suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of the Granotas in the first leg of this tie. It’s true that the defending La Liga Champions lined up with some of their bench players and gave rest to the likes of Lionel Messi and co. But nonetheless, the defeat had no excuse, considering their opponents for the match.
The second leg is at the Camp Nou, and Cules worldwide will be tuning into the match if their treble dream would be still alive after this week. If the Blaugrana crash out of the tournament owing to the Frogs, expect them to become the laughing stock of the football world.
These two teams have another historic connection too. Never has a 20-team La Liga season seen an unbeaten team at the end of the last match-day. Last year Ernesto Valverde’s men came agonizingly close to that achievement. In the second-to-last game of the league season, Paco Lopez’s men, at home, dismantled that dream, with a 5-4 scoreline.
Barcelona vs Levante Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last four matches in a row, that involved both these teams, saw over 2.5 match goals.
- Blaugrana has a 100% winning record against this opponent at the Camp Nou.
- The team captained by Lionel Messi has scored a monumental 37 goals in their last nine h2h home-ties.
- The total of 12 head-to-head games at the Camp Nou have a combined scoreline of 43-6, in favor of the hosts.
Barcelona vs Levante Prediction
Ernesto Valverde will line-up his strongest eleven for this match. Already he has had an embarrassing outing against this team, which denied him the opportunity to moonwalk into the Barcelona Hall of Fame. Under no circumstances will he let the same team get the better of him twice.
The hosts will take control of the match right from the starting whistle. Comebacks at the Camp Nou are beginning to feel like the norm after what these bunch of players achieved against PSG and Espanyol.
Though Gerard Pique and Marc-Andre ter Stegen found it hard to keep clean sheets at the beginning of the season, raising tension amongst passionate fans, in the last month, the defense really stood up and did their job convincingly. As a goal by the visitors will cancel out the only away-goal advantage that the Blaugrana has, expect the backline to defend with their lives to keep their net clean of balls.
The team will first priority to defense, and then will try to overcome the one-goal deficit they have. Expect Barca to win the match to nil.
Barcelona vs Levante Betting Tips
To Win to Nil: Barcelona @ 2.00 (1/1)
Levante to Score in the Second Half: NO @ 1.40 (2/5).