Barcelona vs Levante predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news, predicted lineups and fantasy football picks as the Catalan giants aim to end a poor week with a win.
|Date||Sunday 26th September 2021|
|Kick-Off||16:15 (local time)|
Barcelona vs Levante Preview
Barcelona face another game where they essentially have nothing to gain and everything to lose against a Levante side known for their unpredictable nature and tendency to shock the big clubs. It’s a high risk game for Ronald Koeman who is coming under intense pressure after another lacklustre display and more dropped points in midweek at Cadiz.
Only Getafe created fewer xG than Barcelona in the midweek gameweek in LaLiga and that tells you plenty about where they are at right now. Injuries are of course a big factor in that and with Frenkie de Jong’s red card in Cadiz adding to their problems, this may just be one of the weakest XI’s that Barcelona have ever fielded for a LaLiga game.
Youngsters such as Gavi and Yusuf Demir may develop into very good players but this isn’t an ideal environment for them to thrive. With Luuk de Jong offering precious little so far, just about all of Barcelona’s attacking threat is coming from Memphis Depay and so early in his Camp Nou career that’s a big weight to carry. This is the start of a massive week for Barcelona who face a tricky trip to Lisbon to face Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday before visiting Atletico Madrid next Saturday in LaLiga.
Levante have proved time and time again they cannot be underestimated but these are slightly worrying times for Paco Lopez and his team. They’ve only managed to collect 4 points from their opening 6 league games this term and it’s now 14 without a win in LaLiga for the Valencia club. It would though be just like Levante, who have already won away to the two big Madrid clubs this calendar year, to end that barren streak with victory at Camp Nou.
They’ve also had to deal with a few injury problems with the likes of Enis Bardhi, Roberto Soldado and Jose Campana continuing to miss out here. However there is still enough in this team to be doing better and they did create the better openings against Celta Vigo in midweek but conceded to two of the four shots they faced. They are likely to look to play on the break here with Jose Luis Morales potentially their biggest threat.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Barcelona Wins, 1 Levante Win, 1 Draw.
- The sides last met in a thrilling 3-3 draw in Valencia in May.
- Levante have beaten Barcelona 3 times in the last 3 years in all competitions.
- Barcelona have though won their last 16 home games against Levante.
Frenkie de Jong is suspended for Barcelona. Jordi Alba, Pedri, Martin Braithwaite and Sergio Aguero are part of a long injury list.
Mickael Malsa, Enis Bardhi, Roberto Soldado and Jose Campana are out for the visitors.
Predicted Barcelona Starting Lineup:
Ter Stegen – Dest, Pique, Araujo, Mingueza – Gavi, Busquets, Roberto – Depay, De Jong, Demir (4-3-3)
Predicted Levante Starting Lineup:
Fernandez – Clerc, Postigo, Duarte, Miramon – Melero, Radoja, Martinez, De Frutos – Morales, Marti (4-4-2)
Barcelona vs Levante Predictions
Score Prediction: Barcelona 1-1 Levante
It’s a sad state of affairs for Barcelona when you don’t even feel confident about their chances of winning these kinds of games. Levante are likely to pose a bigger attacking threat than Granada or Cadiz, both of whom have taken draws from games against the Catalans already this week, and it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if the visitors got a result here despite their woeful record on this ground.