FC Barcelona vs Levante UD Preview 26/09/2021
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There are several matches to look forward to in the Spanish topflight on Sunday including the meeting between Barcelona and Levante.
The game will take place at the Camp Nou, with the hosts in 7th place on 9 points and the visitors in 17th place on 4 points.
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Barcelona come into the match having been held to a 0-0 draw at Cadiz on Thursday night. It was a disappointing result for Barcelona, who know they should be taking maximum points if they want to challenge for the title.
That result means Barcelona have failed to win any of their last 3 fixtures in all competitions.
Ronald Koeman’s team suffered a 3-0 defeat at home against Bayern Munich in the first round of matches in the group stage of the Champions League.
A 1-1 draw at home with Granada followed and Barcelona were forced to wait until the 90th minute of the match to score their only goal of the game having fallen behind after just 2 minutes.
Barcelona have won only one of their last 5 matches in all competitions and that came at home against Getafe in La Liga. Despite making a slow start to the season, trends show Barcelona are undefeated in each of their last 6 La Liga games.
In their last 44 games in all competitions, Barcelona have recorded 38 undefeated encounters.
Levante make the trip to the Camp Nou having lost 2-0 at home against Celta Vigo in midweek. Celta Vigo opened the scoring in the 66th minute and added a second goal 5 minutes from time.
If Levante had won the game, it would have made for a decent start to the 2021/22 season having previously picked up draws against Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano at home plus Elche and Cadiz away.
However, Levante come into this match still searching for their first win of the season. Their away form in La Liga shows no wins from their last 7 away games and just one victory in their last 10 on the road.
Trends show Levante have problems defensively when playing away from home and they have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 7 away league matches. Levante have managed to find the back of the net in 4 of their last 5 away trips.
Looking ahead to the team news and Barcelona have an extensive injury list. Álex Balde, Pedri, Jordi Alba, Martin Braithwaite, Moussa Wagué, Ansu Fati, Sergio Agüero, and Ousmane Dembélé are all unlikely to play any part in the game.
Levante are expected to be without Enis Bardhi, José Campaña, and Roberto Soldado, the latter of which has a groin problem.
Barcelona know they cannot afford to drop any more points and the pressure is mounting on Koeman.
This should be a game they can win, even with injury problems. We expect to see over 2.5 goals, with both teams scoring and a much needed victory for Barcelona.