BAR vs LET Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Team News, Playing 11
Levante vs Barcelona Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
Copa del Rey, Round-of-16, 1st Leg
When: January 11, 02:00 AM, IST
Where: Ciutat de València
BAR vs LET Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
The defending champions Barcelona will be travelling to Valencia to take on Levante in the 1st leg of Copa del Rey round-of-16 match at Ciutat de València, in Valencia, tomorrow, on Thursday night.
Manager Paco Lopez has done a remarkable job with his current club considering Levante only promoted to La Liga two seasons ago. Against all odds and predictions, he managed to steer his team to a respectable 15th place in the 2017-18 season, a huge 17 points away from the relegation zone.
This season the story is even more beautiful as at the moment, this club from Valencia is sitting at 10th in La Liga. They have lost just seven times in the first 18 matches, and quite remarkably, have scored the third most goals in the league this season.
This is the very fixture which gave Levante their biggest night last season, and a special mention in the history books.
Barcelona were still unbeaten and were aiming to become the first side in the 80 odd years to finish the league campaign unbeaten in Spain. But Levante shocked the world as they beat the Blaugrana 5-4 and robbed Messi and Co. of a very big achievement. Perhaps this could be the reason why Barcelona were so adamant in their last visit to Ciutat de València as they thumped Levante 5-0.
As far as Copa del Rey is concerned, Levante have never won it and their best finish remains quarterfinals which they achieved in 1935.
The Catalan giants are the undisputed king of this competition. They have won the last four, including the last season’s which was their 30th Copa del Rey title. Barcelona will once again be looking to defend the title as they aim to emulate the treble-winning 2015 season.
In the last round, Ernesto Valverde’s faced Cultural Leonesa in the round of 32. After winning the first leg 1-0, the former Athletic Bilbao boss fielded a 2nd string team in the 2nd leg at Camp Nou and comfortably won the match 4-1 to win the tie 5-1 on aggregate.
As things stand, Barcelona are very much in the hunt to win every competition they are playing in at the moment. They are five points clear at the top of La Liga, are through to the round of 16 in the Champions League and face Levante over the two legs in the Copa del Rey. It’s all looking good for Barca at the moment.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Levante – W W D L L D
Barcelona – W W D W W W
BAR vs LET Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Levante vs Barcelona Team News:
Injured – The hosts have some big injury concerns ahead of this match. Pedro Lopez, Cheick Doukoure and Armando Sadiku all have been ruled out with injuries.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None at the moment.
Note: Paco Lopez is facing a selection dilemma ahead of this match. Levante are due to face Atletico Madrid in La Liga at the coming weekend, while chances are pretty slim to move further in the Copa del Rey considering they have to negotiate a two-legged tie against Barcelona. So you can just expect that the manager may decide to give some of his star players a rest in this game.
On-loan Real Madrid striker Borja Mayoral is expected to start while the likes of Moses Simon, Emmanuel Boateng and Aitor Fernandez are all pushing for a start.
Key Players – Vukcevic, Simon
Injured – Barcelona will be without Rafinha, Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen and Sergi Samper in this game.
Suspended – None
Questionable – Sergi Roberto suffered a hamstring injury against Getafe but the reports showed that it was not a grave situation. He remains questionable.
Note: Philippe Coutinho should start here. The former Liverpool playmaker is not starting enough games and is finding himself on the bench.
Ernesto Valverde is expected to hand academy players an opportunity to shine with Oriol Busquets, Juan Miranda and Chumi Brandariz are all looking for some game time.
Key Players – Coutinho, Malcom
BAR vs LET Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Levante– Aitor (GK), Coke, Cabaco, Rober, Luna; Mayoral, Prcic, Vukcevic, Simon; Boateng, Dwamena
Barcelona– Cillessen (GK), Semedo, Chumi, Murillo, Miranda; Oriol Busquets, Alena, Arthur; Malcom, L Suarez, Coutinho
BAR vs LET Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Barcelona ran out a comfortable 5-0 winners last time around. Though we are not expecting such a heavy scoreline in favour of Catalan giants, a win for the reigning champions is our call.
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