Barcelona will look to get back to winning ways when they welcome Levante to the Camp Nou on Sunday at 3.15pm (UK time).
The Blaugrana have endured successive draws in La Liga, which has just left them languishing tentatively in eighth and eight points adrift of Real Madrid at the top of the table. Levante meanwhile are in a spot of bother themselves, with the Valencian club currently winless and just a point above the drop zone.
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Scoreline prediction: Barcelona 2-0 Levante
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Barcelona vs Levante build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
It has been a chaotic few weeks at the Camp Nou, with Barca still licking their wounds from the 3-0 capitulation they suffered against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, recently enduring back-to-back draws to Granada and Cadiz, with Ronald Koeman refusing to answer questions in his pre-match press conference against the latter. The Dutchman could really do with a statement result here from his players to just temper some of the fan frustration emanating from the terraces.
Levante are currently without a win this season after six games as one of just three teams yet to taste victory, but Paco Lopez’s Granotes have only lost twice, drawing four times to leave them outside the relegation zone. However, Lopez’s hopes of claiming his first three points in 2021/22 do not look particularly good on paper, with Barca having won all 15 of their La Liga home games against Levante, scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game.
- Barcelona (vs Cadiz): Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Pique, Araujo, Dest; Busquets, De Jong*, Gavi; Demir, Depay, De Jong.
- Levante (vs Celta): Cardenas; Rober, Mustafi, Vezo; Miramon, Pepelu, Radoja, Martinez, Franquesa; Morales, Roger.
Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembele and Sergio Aguero all remain long-term absentees for Barca, while Frenkie de Jong is suspended owing to the red card he picked up against Cadiz last time out. Pedri and Jordi Alba are also out but Ansu Fati has finally returned to a Barca matchday squad after 10 months and will be eyeing up some minutes against Levante.
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Ansu Fati: I can’t wait to get back playing and enjoying football
Ansu Fati has been out of action for the past 10 months with a long-term knee injury but has been included in Barca’s matchday squad for the first time since November last year against Real Betis. The highly-regarded 18-year-old has been speaking to Barca TV about how his protracted injury spell has helped shape his character while he has been on the sidelines watching on.
He said: “The injury was tough and I have found the recovery process really long. However, you learn from it and I am now really looking forward to getting back to doing what I like most, playing football. And I want to enjoy myself again in particular.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 26, 2021
“Injuries help you to mature, because you value everything more. You learn to appreciate the small details in particular and that really helps you grow. I have become more aware about everything in general during this period and worked very hard to get back.
“I invited my father and younger brother to training the day when I put my boots back on. It was such a happy day. Particularly for my father, as both he and I started crying when we saw me enter the pitch, and running and kicking the ball. It was a very emotional moment for my entire family.”
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