Barcelona v Levante looks like a must-win for new manager Quique Setien if he is to help retain their La Liga title in his first season at the helm.
Barcelona suffered a shock 2-0 defeat against Valencia in their last top-flight encounter to give Real Madrid a clear advantage at the top of the table.
In an uncharacteristically poor display, the Catalans failed to find the net for the first time since drawing a blank against Los Blancos in mid-December.
They will aim to bounce straight back against a Levante side who have been incredibly inconsistent this season and who are coming into this game on a run of three straight defeats in La Liga.
Read on for predictions, TV information, live stream options and possible XIs ahead of Sunday’s action:
Barcelona v Levante TV channel information and how to stream live:
Competition: La Liga
Venue: Nou Camp, Barcelona
Date: Sunday, 02 February 2020
Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Eleven Sports 1
Live stream options: One option is Bet365*, who are streaming this match live for account holders. Those without a Bet365 account already who are interested in streaming Barcelona v Levante live can take advantage of this service by following the simple steps below.
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Australian-based viewers can sign up to Kayo, who are currently offering free trials to new customers and will host BeinSports’ coverage of the Barcelona v Levante. Find out more by following this link.
Last five meetings: Barcelona vs Levante
16 December 2019: Levante 0-5 Barcelona (La Liga)
10 January 2019: Levante 2-1 Barcelona (Copa del Rey)
17 January 2019: Barcelona 3-0 Levante (Copa del Rey)
27 April 2019: Barcelona 1-0 Levante (La Liga)
02 November 2019: Levante 3-1 Barcelona (La Liga)
Aggregate Score: Barcelona (LWWLW) 11-5 Levante (WLLWL)
Ones to watch
Barcelona: Lionel Messi
It may be the obvious choice but you simply cannot take your eyes off Lionel Messi. He has been superb again this season for Barca and bagged a brace in the 5-0 Copa del Rey victory over Leganes in midweek.
With Suarez and Dembele out of action, he will be relied upon to an even greater extent as the Catalans look to keep the pressure on Real Madrid in what has been an enthralling title race so far.
The Argentine leads the Barcelona scoring charts once again this season, hitting 14 goals in 15 La Liga starts in 2019-20.
Key stat: Leo Messi has been directly involved in more La Liga goals this season (20 – 14 goals and six assists) than any other player in the division.
Levante: Jose Campana
Jose Campana is Levante’s key creator and has been an important force in the midfield this season for Paco Lopez’s side.
He has good vision and a level of skill Crystal Palace fans would struggle to recall from his brief stint in South London. During the current campaign, he has been leading the assists charts again for his team, notching five in 20 appearances so far.
Key stat: Campana has completed at least 29 more key passes than any other Levante player in 2019-20.
Confirmed Barcelona line-up:
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Confirmed Levante line-up:
4-4-2: Fernandez; Miramon, Vezo, Postigo, Tono: Rochina, Melero, Vukcevic, Campana; Morales, Roger
Barcelona cannot afford to drop any more points if they are to keep pace with Real Madrid in the race for the La Liga crown.
Barca have failed to win four of their last six league games and are lucky to only be three points behind Los Blancos. Levante cannot be taken lightly having won the reverse fixture 3-1 in November but have a terrible record against the Catalans, losing 21 of their 29 meetings.
This should be a comfortable win for Quique Setien’s side given the talent available and could see the Valencian outfit fall to their fourth consecutive league defeat.