Barcelona - Levante Betting Preview: Why backing over 1.5 goals in the first half appeals

Our La Liga expert Phil Kitromilides believes the tried and tested bet of over 1.5 first half goals should see punters make some profit on Saturday evening
With Levante having all but mathematically secured safety and Barcelona having practically laid their hands on the league title, Saturday's encounter at Camp Nou is likely to be a low-intensity affair.

Sitting 12 points above the relegation zone, Levante can head to Catalonia comfortable in the knowledge that their almost-inevitable defeat should have little affect on the outcome of their season.

As you would expect, Coral offer Levante as massive outsiders at 12/1 (13.00) while Barca can be backed at 2/9 (1.22).

It is worth bearing in mind of course that Barca face Bayern Munich on Tuesday night at the Allianz Arena in the semi-finals of the Champions League, and as such the starting line-up to face Levante will have a second-string feel to it.

Expect almost all of Barca's big names to be rested, with Lionel Messi nowhere near the side due to his hamstring problem. Having said this, Barca should still be too strong for a Levante side out of form and devoid of motivation.

In situations like these where the Catalans are at home against vastly inferior opposition, backing over 1.5 goals in the first half is often a good option and the price of evens (2.00) is extremely generous.

This bet has paid out in three of the Blaugrana's last four home matches and with Levante conceding three in the first half last last week, and two the week before, there is every chance that this will once again prove to be a correct selection.

For a value bet try backing an early goal, with the price of 2/1 (3.00) for a goal in the first 10 minutes looking appealing.

Over 1.5 goals first half at evens (2.00) with Coral
Goal scored in the first 10 minites at 2/1 (3.00) with Coral

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports anchor working on TV in Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.