Barcelona have been in formidable form under Xavi, with the Catalan club currently boasting the best unbeaten run of any side in Europe’s top five leagues, but football rarely follows the form book, so Levante will be giving their all to produce an almighty upset and enhance their chances of La Liga safety.
The former midfield maestro has got the Catalan club exhibiting signs of the halcyon days in which he used to dictate the tempo at the Camp Nou. They are currently on a tear of 14 games without defeat and have kept clean sheets in each of their previous three La Liga games, including against Sevilla and Real Madrid.
That 4-0 El Clasico triumph has really whet the Blaugrana appetite that the Camp Nou could just be in the throes of a resurgence. It’s all been a bit chaotic over the past few seasons, with the nadir of their recent woes culminating in Lionel Messi leaving last summer, but under Xavi things appear to be improving drastically.
Levante meanwhile are enduring a few problems of their own. The Frogs will be aiming to leap up the table with Alessio Lisci’s men currently 19th in the current standings and in serious threat of dropping out of the division. However, they recently beat Bayern Munich slayers Villarreal, so they know they have the capacity to produce an upset.
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Levante vs Barcelona: Match Stats
Ousmane Dembele enters this showdown at the Ciutat de Valencia having provided 10 assists in just 13 La Liga matches this campaign. In fact, the Frenchman is just two assists away from equalling his best tally in a single top-flight campaign, which came for Borussia Dortmund in the 2016/17 Bundesliga season (12).
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could prove another difference-maker in Valencia. The former Arsenal marksman has has bagged seven goals in his six La Liga starts for Barcelona. Five of those have come in his three league starts away from home, so he will be eyeing up further glory on the road for his new club.
Levante have suffered the most defeats (23) and conceded the most goals (92) against Barcelona in La Liga than any other side, but in recent match-ups, they’ve produced some huge results. Last season, Paco Lopez’s men secured a thrilling 3-3 in their penultimate home game, with goals from Gonzalo Melero, Jose Luis Morales and Sergio Leon getting the business done. The home game before that, in November 2019, they won 3-1, so it is certainly not a foregone conclusion that Barca will triumph on Sunday.