Levante vs Barcelona
Spain – Copa del Rey.
Date: Thursday, 10th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 20:30 UK/ 21:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Ciudad de Valencia (Valencia).
The reigning champions will face Levante for yet another title chance on Thursday. Major players from the visiting squad may be rested by Valverde for this match.
The Frogs are having a bad season defensively. They have given away 34 goals in the league season so far. If they don’t do something about this bad habit, we may be looking at a cricket score against Barca.
But the home team have been strong in attacking having scored 30 goals in the league season. Since the Catalan defence is not at their best lately there may be chances for the team from Valencia to make an impact in the match.
Levante defeated Lugo in the previous round of the cup to secure their position in this upcoming game against the Spanish giants. But home form poses a serious problem for them. They have won and lost 2 matches each in the last 5 home fixtures.
The Champions of Spain are leading in the race for the La Liga title. They also look good in the Cup as well with Messi and Suarez in form. The Blaugrana are on a 3-match winning streak at the moment and have not lost a competitive match since November 2018.
The visitors also have a 4-match win streak on the road in all competitions. All 4 of those games had a final score of over 2.5 goals in total as well.
Barca had to play Leonesa in the previous round of the competition. They won both legs scoring a total of 5 goals. Levante will be the first real competition for the Catalans this Cup season.
Levante vs Barcelona: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Barcelona has 4 wins and a defeat in the last 5 h2h matches against the Frogs.
- Four of those 5 matches had a final score with over 2.5 goals in total.
- Barca has scored 2 or more goals in the previous 9 meetings with these opponents across all competitions.
- Levante has only 1 win and lost 4 times in the last 5 h2h home matches against the Catalans.
- The visitors scored at least 2 goals in those previous 5 matches against the hosts at this ground.
Levante vs Barcelona: Prediction
The visitors are on sublime form this season. Messi has been at his best and is scoring at will. With Suarez also joining the scoring party, there is no doubt that there will be a lot of goals. In the last 9 h2h matches, Barcelona scored 2 or more goals in total. This includes 5 matches at this venue. Thus, we can place our money on Barca scoring over 2.5 goals with 1.66 odds.
I don’t see the current Levante side scoring past the away defence. The last time these two met was in December where things ended massively one-sided with Barca not letting any goals in. Thus, a bet can be placed for the away team to have a clean-sheet with 2.50 odd.
Levante vs Barcelona: Betting Tips
Barcelona: Over 2.5 team goals @ 1.66 (4/6).
Clean sheet for Barcelona @ 2.50 (6/4).