Copa del Rey 2018-19, Barcelona vs Levante: Predicted XI and Team News
The defending champions Barcelona will have their work out when they host Levante at the Camp Nou after the visitors defeated them 2-1 in the first leg of the round of 16 fixtures. The Blaugrana who has won the last four editions of the cup will be keen to make it five in a row.
The Blaugrana had given rest to their big guns in the first leg of the competition with likes of Messi and Suarez with Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal the only big names to start for them.
An 85th-minute penalty from Phillipe Coutinho helped Barcelona from further embarrassment after going 2-0 down in the opening 20 minutes.
Levante will be hoping to make a huge upset as they travel to the Nou Camp hoping to keep Lionel Messi and co at bay and sneak into quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey.
Here is your team news and predicted XI.
After being rested for the first leg of the match Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are expected to start the match against Levante with Barcelona hoping to get through to the quarterfinals.
Rafinha, Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Samper and Thomas Vermaelen will miss out through injury while Cillesen, Dembele, Vidal and Murillo expected to be back in the lineup with Barcelona likely to announce a strong lineup for the match.
Levante is likely to name a full squad as they try to knock out the defending champions from the Copa del Rey.
On loan, Real Madrid Borja Mayoral is again expected to lead the line along with Emmanuel Boateng who impressed in the first leg.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Cillessen; Semedo, Murillo, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, Alena; Dembele, Suarez, Messi
Levante (3-5-2): Aitor; Postigo, Chema, Cabaco; Coke, Prcic, Campana, Simon, Rochina; Mayoral, Boateng