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Barca vs Levante: Team news, prediction & likely lineups

La Liga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 26/04/2019

Barcelona could already be crowned La Liga champions by the time that they take to the field for Saturday night's clash with Levante at Camp Nou.

If Atletico Madrid loses at home to Valladolid in the earlier kick-off, it means the Catalan outfit will automatically be champions but should Los Rojiblancos draw then Barcelona need only match their rivals' result, while a win for Diego Simeone's men will mean La Blaugrana are then required to beat Levante to seal the deal.

Team News

The champagne could be ready for all but one of ​Barcelona's players on Saturday, with only midfielder Rafinha missing from the first team squad having been out since November.

Furthermore, Valverde has no players missing through suspension so there can be no excuses not to claim the title on Saturday night.

Cheick Doukouré​ remains sidelined for Levante, having ruptured his cruciate ligament in February and not due back until August but Sergio Postigo is also unavailable with a torn muscle he picked up earlier in April.

Head to Head

 

The two clubs have met on 27 occasions in all competitions, with the Catalan side holding the far superior record during their encounters with 20 wins, in what will be the fourth meeting between the sides this season.

Barcelona won 5-0 in the reverse league game, while they ran out 4-2 winners in their Copa del Rey two-legged affair back in January.

Levante actually beat Barca 5-4 in an incredible game at the end of last season, but the Valencia-based club have conceded 19 goals on their last four La Liga trips to Camp Nou, which have all ended in defeats.

Recent Form

Looking seemingly on course to run away with the league for some time now, Barca have seemed to take their foot off the pedal in recent weeks, failing to convince in La Liga despite not losing in the division since September.

A goalless stalemate away at lowly Huesca was followed by a 3-0 thumping of Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals, with La Blaugrana looking back to their glittering best. The club then secured a narrow 2-1 win over Real Sociedad at home courtesy of goals from defensive duo Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba, before seeing off Alaves with an unconvincing 2-0​ success.

Saturday's visitors secured their first win in six matches on Wednesday as they brushed aside Real Betis at the Estadi Ciutat de València to record a valuable three points. Prior to that the Valencia-based side had conceded at least two goals in each their previous five outings, with a trio of 2-2 draws coupled with two away defeats.

Barcelona possible starting lineup: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Arthur, Busquets, Vidal; Coutinho, L Suarez, Messi

Levante possible starting lineup: Fernandez; Coke, Nunes, Rober, Garcia; Bardhi, Vukcevic, Gomez; Morales, Marti, Jason

Prediction: Barcelona 6-1 Levante
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