Barcelona vs Levante Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: April 20, 2013; Time: 7:00 PM BST;
Venue: Camp Nou — Barcelona.
Blaugrana will try to get another three points on the way to the La Liga title. The Catalan grandee will face a Granotes team ahead of the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
Barcelona stands 1st in the La Liga table with 81 points from 31 games, having 26 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses so far this season. Blaugranas have 13 points advantage over their bid rivals Real Madrid and are on the way to win their 22nd La Liga title. They come into this game with 2 wins and 3 draws from last five games in all competitions. Last five home matches Blaugrana have finished with 4 straight wins and 1 draw. Their top scorer Lionel Messi has 43 goals in his 29 appearances. Barcelona have the best attack with 98 goals scored this season.
Levante goes 12th in the league standings with 40 points from 31 games, winning 11, drawing 7 and losing 13 so far this season. Los Granotes are 12 points clear out of the relegation zone and 10 points behind the Europa League places. Their present form has seen 1 draw, 2 wins and 2 defeats from last five games. Last five home matches Los Granotes have finished with 2 draws, 1 win and 2 defeats. Midfielder Barkero is their top scorer with 5 goals in his 25 appearances. Also, Levante have lost 7 of their last 8 games with Barcelona.
Barcelona best sticker Lionel Messi has already returned to trainings after a thigh injury, but he is not expected in this game against Levante. Sergio Busquets has recovered after a groin injury, but probably will get rest ahead of the game against Bayern Munich. Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano are sidelined with knee injuries.
Levante midfielder Vicente Iborra is banned for collecting 10 yellow cards. Head coach Juan Ignacio Martinez has no injury worries, but could make some changes after defeats from Real Madrid and Deportivo.
Barcelona line-up: Valdés, Montoya, Bartra, Correia, Alba, Alcântara, Song, Iniesta, Tello, Fàbregas, Villa.
Last three matches:
Zaragoza 0 – FC Barcelona 3;
FC Barcelona 1 – Paris Saint-Germain 1;
FC Barcelona 5 – Mallorca 0.
Levante line-up: Munúa, Lell, Ballesteros, Navarro, Juanfran, Diop, Míchel, García, Barkero, Juanlu, Zhar.
Last three matches:
Levante 0 – Deportivo 4;
Real Madrid CF 5 – Levante 1;
Levante 1 – Sevilla 0.