Levante - Barcelona Preview: Rampant Blaugrana look to extend Liga lead

After qualifying for the Champions League last 16, the Catalans will be out to drive home their advantage at the top of the table when they travel to the Ciutat de Valencia


Lell, Ballesteros, Navarro, Juanfran
Diop, Iborra
El Zhar, Barkero, Juanlu

Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Villa

Levante have no fresh injury worries ahead of Sunday's Primera Division encounter with Barcelona.

Striker Obafemi Martins returns to the squad after being cup-tied for the Europa League match against Helsingborgs, but right-back Pedro Lopez is suspended after his red card in the 2-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna last weekend.

Thiago (knee) and Adriano (thigh) have returned to training for Barcelona and have an outside chance of making the bench.

Sergio Busquets returns from suspension, but Alexis Sanchez, Bartra and Cuenca all remain sidelined.

  • Levante have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions at the Ciutat de Valencia.
  • Los Granotes have lost six of their last seven encounters with Barcelona.
  • Levante have kept four clean sheets in their last six Liga matches.
  • Barcelona are on a five-match winning run in La Liga.
  • With 39 goals in their 12 matches so far, the Catalans possess the most potent attack in the Primera Division.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured, right) needs five more goals to equal Gerd Muller's calendar year record tally of 85 set in 1972.