Barcelona are back in action in La Liga this weekend as they host Levante at the Camp Nou on Sunday. The Catalan giants have been disappointing under Ronald Koeman this season and are in desperate need of a victory at the moment.
Levante are dangerously close to the relegation zone at the moment and are in 17th place in the La Liga standings. The Valencia-based outfit thrashed Getafe by a 3-0 margin last weekend and will need to put in a similar performance in this game.
Barcelona have struggled in La Liga this season and their 3-0 defeat against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League would have left a bitter taste in the mouth. The Catalan giants are currently languishing in a lowly ninth place in the La Liga table and cannot afford to slip up against Levante on Sunday.
Barcelona vs Levante Head-to-Head
Barcelona have a predictably excellent record against Levante and have won 22 matches out of a total of 30 games against their opponents since the turn of the century. Levante have managed only four victories against Barcelona and need to take it up a notch this weekend.
The previous meeting between these two sides earlier this year ended in a hard-fought 2-1 victory for Barcelona. Ansu Fati scored both goals on the day but is unavailable for this game.
Barcelona form guide in La Liga: L-W-L-W-D
Levante form guide in La Liga: W-D-D-D-D
Barcelona vs Levante Team News
Barcelona have several injury concerns ahead of this game and will have to do without Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, and Ansu Fati against Levante. Ousmane Dembele has also picked up a hamstring injury and might not be risked in this fixture.
Clement Lenglet has not been at his best in recent weeks and might be replaced by a rejuvenated Samuel Umtiti in this game. Martin Braithwaite was benched against Juventus and will return to the line-up for this game.
Injured: Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati
Doubtful: Ousmane Dembele
Cheick Doukoure and Jose Campana remain sidelined with injuries and will not play a part against Barcelona. Enis Bardhi has also picked up a knock and has been ruled out of this game.
Injured: Cheick Doukoure, Jose Campana, Enis Bardhi
Barcelona vs Levante Predicted XI
Barcelona Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Ronald Araujo, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong; Philippe Coutinho, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann; Martin Braithwaite
Levante Predicted XI (4-4-2): Aitor Fernandez; Carlos Clerc, Sergio Postigo, Ruben Vezo, Coke; Ruben Rochina, Nikola Vukcevic, Gonzalo Melero, Jorge de Frutos; Roger Marti, Jose Luis Morales
Barcelona vs Levante Prediction
Barcelona have endured a dismal season so far and Ronald Koeman will need a miracle to keep his job at the end of the season. The Dutch manager has not brought the best out of his star names and needs to take it up a notch with the Blaugrana.
Levante are unbeaten in their last five games and will face a difficult challenge against Barcelona. The Catalan giants have shown glimpses of their impeccable ability and hold the upper hand going into this game.
Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Levante