Levante - Barcelona Betting Preview: Back the champions to win comfortably in Valencia

Barcelona have an excellent recent record against the Granotas and our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides believes that will continue on Sunday
Levante manager Joaquin Caparros is clearly a man with a sweet tooth.

Indeed, the former Athletic Bilbao boss must have traumatic memories of visits to the dentist, with Caparros fond of using an orthodontic analogy to describe the pain of facing Barcelona.

"It is like going to the dentist three times," he said of Levante's upcoming Liga and Copa del Rey clashes with the Catalans.

Certainly, watching his side's 7-0 destruction at the Camp Nou back in August must have felt like root canal surgery.

At home, of course, Levante tend to be an infinitely more challenging prospect than on the road and they are offered at 27/2 (14.50) with Betway to record their fifth successive win at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia.

Barcelona, for their part, have started 2014 with four successive clean sheets and can be backed at 17/100 (1.17) to claim a win. The champions should have no problems.

Their last five games against Levante have seen them record five victories, scoring 19 goals in the process. After Lionel Messi's goalscoring return from injury, that run should comfortably continue.

The Argentine can be backed at 6/5 (2.20) to score two or more goals, something that has happened in three of their last four meetings, yet for some fractionally higher odds, back Tata Martino's side to win with a -2 goal handicap at 13/10 (2.30).

This is a selection that has already paid out 15 times in Barca's competitive fixtures this season and offers punters very good value.

Barcelona to win with a -2 goal handicap at 13/10 (2.30) 1.0 point stake with Betway

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid.