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  • November 25, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, Valencia
  • Referee: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
  • • Attendance: 24234
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Levante - Barcelona Preview: Rampant Blaugrana look to extend Liga lead

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

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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LEVANTE

Munua
Lell, Ballesteros, Navarro, Juanfran
Diop, Iborra
El Zhar, Barkero, Juanlu
Martins
BARCELONA

Valdes
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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

Players to watch

O. Martins

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Nigeria international continued his goal scoring form for Levante last weekend when he netted against Deportivo La Coruna to extend his season tally to five. Martins will look to put pressure on the Barcelona backline and take advantage of the space behind the defenders on the counterattack.

L. Messi

Position: Attacker

Games: 20

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The Argentina captain grabbed his ninth double of the season in the 3-0 win over Spartak Moscow on Tuesday to secure his team a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Messi will look to continue his prodigious goalscoring run and fire his team to victory over a defensively resilient Levante side.

Editor's Prediction

Levante will try to do what Celtic did so successfully earlier in the month: defend stoically and take their chances on the counterattack. But Barcelona are in such good form going forward that they are unlikely to fall for the same tactic twice.

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