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Primera División

  • December 3, 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 76000

La Liga Preview: Barcelona v Levante

The Catalan side entertain Juan Ignacio Martinez's troops as they hope to keep up with Real Madrid just one week before El Clasico



Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Abidal
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Messi, Cesc, Villa


Venta, Ballesteros, Lopez, Del Horno
Valdo, Torres, Farinos, Juanlu

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has a few injury problems going in to the match against Levante. Ibrahim Afellay is still sidelined and will be out for the foreseeable future after injuring his knee ligaments earlier in the season.

Brazilian full-back Adriano is also missing for the Catalan giants after pulling a hamstring in the midweek victory over Rayo Vallecano, and will also miss the Champions League match against BATE Borisov next week. Gerard Pique, meanwhile, picked up a yellow card in the match against Rayo, and so the Barca defender will be suspended.

Levante have a few injury issues of their own. On Thursday, defender Nano trained apart from his team-mates as he battles to recover from the ankle injury he suffered in the latter part of the victory over Sporting.

Manager Juan Ignacio Martinez is also sweating over the fitness of winger Juanlu, who exercised at a lower intensity on Thursday as he aims to shake off an injury to his right leg. However, it looks likely that he will make the grade against Barcelona. Jose Barkero misses the game as he serves a suspension.

  • The last match between Barcelona and Levante ended in a 1-1 draw in La Liga at the end of last season.
  • Barcelona have scored nearly double the amount of goals that Levante have notched up in the league this season, with 42 to 23.
  • Barca have scored 34 goals at Camp Nou in the Spanish Primera Division this season, without reply.
  • If Levante manage to win the match at Camp Nou, they will go just two points behind Barcelona in La Liga.
  • Levante's top goalscorer this season is winger Juanlu, who has notched up six goals in 11 appearances.
  • Prior to Levante's 4-0 win over Sporting last weekend, Juan Ignacio Martinez's side had lost three games on the bounce, which included losses against Valencia and Atletico Madrid.

Players to watch

L. Messi

Position: Attacker

Games: 11

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  • 3
  • 0
The Argentine has scored 16 goals in 13 games so far in the league this season and will again be Barcelona's most potent attacking threat. He will likely have to endure rough treatment from opposition defenders but he will want to drive his side forward and gain momentum as the Catalan side head into next week's Clasico crunch.

A. Koné

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The Ivorian has netted five in 12 games for Levante, which has contributed to their impressive ranking in La Liga. He will likely be employed in the lone striker role at Camp Nou, and it is unlikely that he will see much of the ball, but he will be expected to close down the Barcelona defenders and fashion an opportunity for himself up front.

Editor's Prediction

Levante have acquitted themselves superbly so far this season, with their veteran heads and workmanlike performances grinding out points. However, they come to Camp Nou with Barcelona having scored 34 goals at home in the league this season, and conceded none.  It is difficult to envisage any other outcome than a victory for Pep Guardiola's side.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
Levante UD LEV
Levante UD Levante

Top 3 Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
3 - 0
Levante UD LEV
FC Barcelona FCB
5 - 0
Levante UD LEV
FC Barcelona FCB
4 - 0
Levante UD LEV