Despite being held to a Tottenham Hotspur draw at home, Barcelona have the right to step into the last 16 of the European Champions League this season as the group winners. Of course this success is worth celebrating by Lionel Messi CS, but on the one hand they also have to shift their focus back to the continued Spanish La Liga match which has entered the 16th Jornada this weekend. The defending champions will face Levante, where the party is scheduled to take place on Monday morning, December 17, 2018 at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, Valencia.
Playing at home, of course, be a distinct advantage for Levante, only the team they will face is Barcelona, the defending champions and the top standings. The Catalan giants themselves had found a series of disappointing results from the beginning of this season, but eventually returned to positive trends in recent weeks.
Ernesto Valverde’s squad managed to pack 31 points from 15 matches that have taken place and now are just 3 points ahead of their closest rivals, Sevilla. Since the distance is not too far away, Barcelona certainly must achieve victory on a trip to Levante headquarters this weekend.
Levante is not a team that deserves to be underestimated, because in fact they are currently in 6th place in the La Liga standings. In their last five parties, Levante also managed to pack 2 wins and only lost once.
Head to head Matches – Levante vs. Barcelona:
14.05.18 Levante 5: 4 Barcelona
07.01.18 Barcelona 3: 0 Levante
07.02.16 Levante 0: 2 Barcelona
09.09.15 Barcelona 4: 1 Levante
15.02.15 Barcelona 5: 0 Levante
Levante’s Last 5 Matches:
09.12.18 Eibar 4: 4 Levante
06.12.18 Levante 2: 0 Lugo
04.12.18 Levante 3: 0 Ath Bilbao
25.11.18 Huesca 2: 2 Levante
10.11.18 Levante 1: 3 Real Sociedad
Barcelona’s Last 5 Matches:
12.12.18 Barcelona 1: 1 Tottenham
09.12.18 Espanyol 0: 4 Barcelona
06.12.18 Barcelona 4: 1 Leonesa
03.12.18 Barcelona 2: 0 Villarreal
29.11.18 PSV 1: 2 Barcelona
Levante: Oier, Pedro Lopez, Erick Cathriel Cabaco Almada, Chema, Antonio Luna, Jefferson Lerma, Enis Bardhi, Jose Campana, Jose Morales, Ivi, Marti Roger
Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Nelson Semedo, Sergio Busquet, Ivan Rakitic, Malcom, Philipe Coutinho, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez