Barcelona vs Levante
Copa del Rey 2018-19
Campus: Camp Nou
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Kick-off: 8:30 pm GMT
Barcelona must overcome a surprise defeat in the first leg against the Levante if it intends to continue the defense of the Copa del Rey.
Barca won the competition last season with LaLiga, but Levante shocked Ernesto Valverde's side with a 2-1 victory in Valencia last week.
Valverde shot last season as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were rested, but the big names will return to Barcelona while the Blaugrana tries to overturn the loss of the first leg and win the cup for the fifth consecutive season.
Predicted Score: Barcelona 3-0 Levante
Expect Barça to come out with a gun at the Camp Nou. While the Copa is not necessarily a priority for the Blaugrana this season, Valverde will not want to see his team eliminated as a home keeper.
Messi and Suarez were rested for the first leg, while Philippe Coutinho failed to shine despite having scored a late penalty. Valverde may be tempted to name close to an XI at full strength to make sure that the Barca does not slip out of the competition and lose momentum.
Prediction starting point of the boat: Cillessen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Arthur, Rakitic, Vidal, Coutinho, Messi, Suarez
Betfair betting tips | United Kingdom users only Subject to change
- Barcelona to win 3-0: 13/2
- Draw: 9/1
- Levante to qualify: 4/1
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