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  • 14 April 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, Valencia
  • Referee: José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 25000
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Levante - Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana gunning for 11th consecutive Liga win

Levante - Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana gunning for 11th consecutive Liga win

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The Catalan giants face a tricky test against the Granotas, who are still within touching distance of the Champions League places despite their midweek defeat at Sporting Gijon


PROBABLE LINEUPS

LEVANTE

Munua
Lopez, Ballesteros, Cabral, Juanfran
Torres, Iborra
Valdo, Barkero, Botelho
Kone
BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Mascherano, Puyol, Adriano
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Sanchez


Levante trio Javi Venta, Javier Farinos and Arouna Kone are minor doubts for Saturday's visit of Barcelona after sustaining knocks in the midweek defeat at Sporting Gijon.

Defender Asier del Horno is out with a thigh injury, but Juanlu could make his first appearance for the club since December after recovering from a broken fibula.

Barcelona have been boosted by the return of long-term injury victim Ibrahim Afellay, who has been cleared for match action and is likely to be included in the squad travelling to Valencia.

Dani Alves and Cesc Fabregas are set to return from injury and suspension respectively, although defender Gerard Pique is a doubt.

Meanwhile, Barca have announced that left-back Eric Abidal is recovering well after undergoing a liver transplant on Tuesday.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Levante have won three of their last four Liga matches at the Ciutat de Valencia.
  • The Granotas' last home victory over Barcelona was a 1-0 triumph in the Copa del Rey in January 2004.
  • Xavi Torres played for the Barcelona reserve team between 2007-09 and made a couple of appearances for the first-team under Pep Guardiola in May 2009.
  • Barcelona are on a 10-game winning streak in La Liga.
  • With Tuesday's victory over Getafe, Pep Guardiola has equalled Frank Rijkaard's record of 112 wins in La Liga as Barca coach. Only Johan Cruyff has won more (183).
  • If he plays, Andres Iniesta (pictured right) will be making his 400th appearance in a Blaugrana shirt.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Levante

Barcelona

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Levante UD LEV
Levante UD Levante
Draw
FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
18%
72%

Top 3 Predictions

Levante UD LEV
1 - 3
FC Barcelona FCB
Levante UD LEV
0 - 3
FC Barcelona FCB
Levante UD LEV
0 - 5
FC Barcelona FCB

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