Barcelona welcome La Liga rivals Levante to the Nou Camp on Thursday evening for the second leg of their Copa del Rey spherical of 16 conflict.
The Catalan giants’ event life was solid into doubt final week after shedding the primary leg 2-1 on the highway and Ernesto Valverde’s aspect may have all of it to do of their quest to notch a fifth straight Copa del Rey title.
Try 90min’s preview of Thursday’s tie beneath.
The place to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Thursday 17th January|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||20:30 GMT|
|The place Is it Performed?||Camp Nou|
|TV Channel/Reside Stream?||beIN SPORTS CONNECT|
|Referee?||Jose Sanchez Martinez|
After ringing within the adjustments for the primary leg final week, Valverde might be pressured to subject a a lot stronger beginning XI on Thursday evening in an try to safe secure passage to the quarter-finals. Nonetheless, the Spaniard will stay with out long run absentees Thomas Vermaelen, Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Samper, and Rafinha.
The guests have only one key damage as striker Armando Sadiku stays sidelined, having not performed a minute of first crew soccer this time period.
|Barcelona||Cillessen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Gonzalez; Arthur, Rakitic, Vidal; Coutinho, Suarez, Messi.|
|Levante||Fernandez; Cabaco, Postigo, Chema; Coke, Prcic, Campana, Simon, Rochina; Boateng, Mayoral.|
Head to Head document
Final week’s win over Barcelona was Levante’s first ever victory over the Blaugrana within the Copa del Rey. What made that outcome all of the extra stunning was final month Barcelona made the journey to Levante for a La Liga tie and returned dwelling with all three factors having mauled the hosts 5-0, due to a Lionel Messi hat-trick.
Regardless of final week’s disappointing outcome, Barcelona have been in glowing type of late, with that loss being their first in ten video games.
Their six-game successful streak in La Liga has seen Barca prolong their lead on the high of the desk to 5 factors, however Thursday’s focus will flip completely to development within the Copa del Rey.
Levante have had contrasting fortunes within the league this time period and have gained simply as soon as of their final 9 La Liga clashes.
Defeat to Atletico Madrid leaves them in 12th place in Spain’s high tier, however supervisor Paco Lopez will hope to place league kind to at least one aspect as his males search to cling on to their slim one objective benefit over Barcelona on Thursday evening.
Here is how all sides carried out of their final 5 fixtures:
|Barcelona 3-Zero Eibar (13/1)||Atletico Madrid 1-Zero Levante (13/1)|
|Levante 2-1 Barcelona (10/1)||Levante 2-1 Barcelona (10/1)|
|Getafe 1-2 Barcelona (06/1)||Levante 2-2 Girona (04/1)|
|Barcelona 2-Zero Celta Vigo (22/12)||Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Levante (23/12)|
|Levante 0-5 Barcelona (16/12)||Levante 0-5 Barcelona (16/12)|
With their event standing in critical jeopardy, count on Valverde to usher his first crew stars again into the beginning lineup on Thursday, giving Levante little or no hope as they try to retain their one objective benefit.
Solely bottom-placed Huesca have conceded extra targets in La Liga than Levante this time period and will Barcelona subject something even resembling a full power aspect, there shall be loads of alternatives to flip this tie on its head.
Prediction: Barcelona 4-Zero Levante