Levante vs Barcelona Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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The Blaugrana should record a victory when they visit the city of Valencia but we are not expecting a high scoring win for the Spanish champions

Barcelona continue the defence of their Copa del Rey title when they travel to Levante's Estadio Ciudad de Valencia on Thursday.

The Blaugrana faced this opposition away from home three weeks ago in La Liga, recording a 5-0 victory, and they will be looking for another strong result in the first leg of this last 16 tie.

Latest odds

Levante have won four matches at home in all competitions this season and bet365 offer them at 7/1 (8.00) to record another win.

Barca meanwhile have won eight of their last nine games against Los Granotas in all competitions, scoring 37 goals during that period. The visitors are priced at 3/10 (1.30) with the draw quoted at 5/1 (6.00).

Jose Luis Morales Levante 2018

Team news

Ernesto Valverde will decide whether or not to give the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez a rest in what is a busy month, but could play his stars in the first leg to build up a big lead ahead of the second leg. Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha are out.

Levante remain without long-term absentees Armando Sadiku, Antonio Luna and Samu Garcia.

Preview

Given the two-legged nature of the Copa del Rey, Barcelona know they that should be able to progress without needing to get out of second gear.

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Valderde's men will want to put themselves in a strong position in the tie, yet at the same time they know they have the luxury of a second leg at home if things do not go to plan.

The Catalans will look to win without exerting themselves too much and to that end backing a low-scoring away win makes plenty of sense.

Tips and predictions

Barcelona to win and under 3.5 goals in the game is priced at 2/1 (3.00) and this selection has paid out in their last seven away wins in the Copa Del Rey.

If we expect Valverde's outfit to triumph in Valencia, the smart money should go on opposing the goals to flow. 

Prices correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Barcelona to win and under 3.5 goals at 2/1 (3.00) for a 1.5pt stake with bet365

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