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Barcelona vs Levante: Match Preview, Prediction, Venue | Copa del Rey 2018-19

Varun Nair
ANALYST
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17 Jan 2019, 13:17 IST

FC Barcelona will be looking to overturn their first leg defeat
FC Barcelona will be looking to overturn their
first leg
defeat

After an upset in the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 16 match against Levante, Barcelona will host Levante in Nou Camp in hopes of overturning their 2-1 defeat.

The first leg of the fixture saw the Blaugrana resting their big guns like Messi and Suarez and with Philipe Coutinho the only star name in the squad.

The Granatos made them pay as they scored to in the opening 20 minutes before an 85th goal by Philipe Coutinho from the penalty spot reduced the deficit to make it 2-1.

Barcelona are the reigning champions and have won the competition in the last 4 seasons.


Barcelona v Levante: Kickoff Information

Date: 17 January 2019

Time: 21:30(local time), 02:00(IST)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona


Barcelona v Levante: Form Guide

The last 5 fixtures in all competitions

Barcelona: W-L-W-W-W

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Levante: L-W-D-L-L 


Barcelona v Levante: Key Players


Barcelona:

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi will return to the starting lineup
Lionel Messi will return to the starting lineup

The name says it all, Lionel Messi is sure to bring fear into the heart of the opposition defenders. The Argentine seems to be motivated more than ever as the forward looks to help Barcelona win their 5th Copa del Rey in a row.

Levante:

Mayoral

The Spanish striker will be hoping to inflict damage upon the Blaugrana
The Spanish striker will be hoping to inflict damage upon the Blaugrana

The 21-year old Madrid born striker, on loan from Real Madrid, will be hoping to inflict defeat upon their Los Blancos rivals as he looks to score once again against the Bluagrana.


Barcelona v Levante: Prediction

Barcelona are expected to win their match against their opponents very comfortably at the Camp Nou without any further upsets.

Levante though can once again play spoilsport like the last season when the Valencia-based side became the only team to beat the Blaugrana in the league last season, ending their hopes of going unbeaten in the league.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Levante

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