LET vs BAR Dream11: Barcelona will be looking to keep their 8th successive win in all competitions when they face Levante away in La Liga at Ciutat de València.
The Blaugrana are in the midst of a very good run and sit at the top of the table in La Liga, All the problems of the early season which threatened Ernesto Valverde's job seem to disappear now following a run of seven consecutive wins.
But the seven-game winning run doesn't hide the fact that Barca have been not up to the mark this season. There have been a handful of matches, even in the wins, when then Messi and Co rode their luck, not playing as well as they certainly can.
A lot is down to Lionel Messi's absence as well, while Antoine Griezmann is still learning to play with his new teammates. Luis Suarez has had his injury problems, while Ousmane Dembele, Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti have all missed the matches. And any team can struggle, no matter how deep the roster is, without its key players and that is the big reason for Barca's topsy-turvy ride this season.
But all seems working now as Barca sit at the top in La Liga ahead of the encounter against Levante.
Levante have four wins, 2 draws and five defeats from the first 14 league games. They are 11th on the table but have the opportunity to break into the top half with a win against Barca.
The La Liga match will be played between Levante and Barcelona at Ciutat de València, in Valencia, Spain. The ground has a capacity of 26,354.
The game will start at 08:30 PM (IST), on Saturday, November 02.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Levante – L D W L L W
Barcelona– W W W W W W
Levante vs Barcelona team news:
Levante Team News:
Rober Pier remains a long-term absentee for the hosts. He is yet to play for Levante this season as does goalkeeper Oier Olazabal.
Left-back Tono is also spending his time in the treatment room these days. The 29-year-old has played only four games for Levante this season, with the last one on October 20th against Sevilla.
Levante squad to face Barcelona:
Aitor Fernandez, Cardenas, Radoja, Hernani, Roger, Bardhi, A.J. Morales, Ruben Vezo, Postigo, Rochina, Vukcevic, E. Cabaco, C. Clerc, Jorge Miramon, B. Mayoral, Melero, Coke, J.G. Campana
Barcelona team news:
Samuel Umtiti is still out due to an injury. Ousmane Dembélé, Moussa Wague and Carles Aleñá also miss out with injury issues.
Barcelona squad: Ter Stegen (GK), N. Semedo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Todibo, Arthur, Suárez, Messi, Neto, Lenglet, Griezmann, Jordi Alba, S. Roberto, F. De Jong, Vidal, Junior, C. Pérez, Ansu Fati
Levante vs Barcelona Probable playing 11:
Levante: Fernandez (GK), Clerc, Postigo, Vezo, Miramon, Campana, Radoja, Bardhi, Hernani, Mayoral, Morales
Barcelona: Stegen (GK), Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Arthur, Busquets, De Jong, Griezmann, Suarez, Messi
Lionel Messi: He is the obvious choice for the captain in this game. He will be looking to make up for the time he lost to injury this season.
Frenkie de Jong: The most consistent player for Barcelona this season. The young Dutchman has been the anchoring the midfield and is always a threat with his passing.
Antoine Griezmann: A bit inconsistent but the former Atletico Madrid star has scored some crucial goals for Barca this season. If he reaches his level, Barca may become untouchable.
Luis Suarez: He is leading the goal-scoring charts for the team, and has six goals in the last six appearances.
Roger Marti and Hernani are worth considering from Levante.
LET vs BAR Dream11 Teams:
LET vs BAR Dream11 Today Match Prediction:
Barcelona are the clear-cut favourites to win the match.