Barcelona’s recent performance
The big break in the lead of the current edition of LaLiga allows Barca to start the year thinking more in the future than in the present. The club is active in the mid-season hiring market. He negotiates the contract of the Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool, and also seeks a defender to compose his cast.
This shows the concern to leave the squad more robust for the competition of the three competitions in which the team is involved. The conquest of the Spanish Championship is the one that seems better directed. With 45 points (14 wins and three draws) accumulated of the 51 played, the team of Catalonia completed day 17 with nine points ahead in comparison to Atletico Madrid.
The difference for Real Madrid, whose technical and economic potential is still considered their greatest rival in the fight for the trophy, is the biggest inda. It reaches 14 points, even if the capital team has one more game to complete.
Thus, the contractions aim to give more options to coach Ernesto Valverde for the cups. On Thursday, January 4, the team were drawn in a 1-1 draw with Celta in Vigo. It was not a spectacular result, but enough to leave Barça with a slight advantage. The club can advance to the next round of the tournament if they get 0-0 in the return match, which is scheduled for January 11.
Equality also served to expand the already long series of games without losing Barca. The team is about to complete five months without being beaten. Since 20 August he has made 26 matches. He won 20 and drew six.
It is not only players from other teams who can strengthen the Catalan team. The medical department can also help with this mission. Against Celta, France’s Osmane Dembelé (two games in the 2017/2018 Spanish Cup without goals) returned to action after he left him more than three months off the pitch. Played for 19 minutes. It is possible that you have the opportunity to play more on this Sunday.
Also expected soon are the returns from injured Gerard Deulofeu (nine games, one goal), Rafinha (still without performances), Arda Turan (without performances) and Paco Alcacer (eight matches, two goals).
Who should stay longer in the ward is defender Samuel Umtiti (12 games, no goal). The Frenchman’s concussion and the possibility of transferring Javier Mascherano (six games without a goal) to a Chinese club may cause Barça to anticipate the presentation of defender Mina, of Palmeiras, who initially was in the plans only for the next season .
The current form of the Levante
Without the same resources of the giant of Catalonia, Levante is another that is dividing between competitions. On Thursday, January 4, had a commitment also in Barcelona, but against Espanyol. It won by 2 to 1 and secured an advantage for the game of return of the Glass of the King, that will happen in its stage on the 11 th.
The second battlefront, however, is the most important. The tiny club struggles to survive in the Spanish football division. He has 18 points (three wins, nine draws and five losses). It’s in 16th place. The difference for La Coruña, which opens the sticking region, was in three points at the end of day 17.
So, even if you can not score at the Camp Nou, avoiding a thrashing is important in this battle. Even because the team did not win there are five LaLiga rounds (three draws and two losses).
History of the matches between Barcelona and Levante
In January 2004 Levante faced Barcelona for the first time. For the Copa del Rey of Spain, at home, scored 1 to 0. He ended up being eliminated in the return match by taking 3 to 1. It was the beginning of a long unbeaten period of the Catalan team. He has 21 games, 17 wins and four draws.
Barcelona is a great favorite and the best guessing option for the game. It has a price of 1.05 in Rivalo. Tie pays 13.00 for 1. The Rise, of course, is the biggest underdog in the round. It promotes the multiplication of the investment by 30.0 in case of success.