Barcelona have an excellent recent record against the Granotas and our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides believes that will continue on SundayLevante coach Joaquin Caparros is clearly a man with a sweet tooth. 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," said Caparros of Levante's upcoming league and Copa del Rey engagments with the Catalans and 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 the side from Levante 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 and the champions should have no problems.
Their last five games against Levante have seen them record five victories scoring 19 goals in the process and with Lionel Messi back from injury and scoring 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 some decent 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.