Barcelona will look to keep their La Liga title hopes alive when they visit Levante on Tuesday night (9 pm UK time).
Ronald Koeman’s men are close behind leaders Atlético Madrid, but time is running out with three games remaining this season.
Levante vs Barcelona Live stream forecast, previous lineups, and injury news:
A point at Deportivo Alavés last time ended a four-game losing streak, but Levante is not out of the woods yet, needing only one more point to avoid relegation. Paco López’s men welcome their illustrious opponents after having achieved a victory in their last nine home games. However, heralding well for them is a resistance that Atletico Madrid kept up, in early February they managed to go up 1-0 before Marcos Llorente finally gave Los Rojiblancos a share of the loot.
The chance to overtake La Liga leaders Atlético was lost when Barcelona could only play a goalless draw against Diego Simeone’s men last time out. It was the second consecutive home game in which Barça lost points, following a shocking 1-2 loss to Granada, which ended a four-game winning streak at the Camp Nou, but the Catalan giants, who follow two Atleti points, they look almost imperious on the road. In their last 12 away games, they have won 11 of those matches, with the sole exception of a 2-1 loss to perennial rival Real Madrid, during this streak, Ronald Koeman’s team has bagged 32 goals and awarded 10 times.
Levante (vs Celta de Vigo): Cárdenas; Vezo, Duarte, Postigo; De Frutos, Melero, Bardhi, Pier, Clerc; Stonemason, Martí.
Barcelona (vs Atlético de Madrid): Ter Stegen; Piqué, Lenglet, Mingueza; Busquets *; Dest, De Jong, Pedri, Alba; Messi, Griezmann.
José Campana, Nemanja Radoja and Nikola Vukcevic are missing for Levante this week. Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati remain absent for Barcelona, while Sergio Busquets is expected to sit out after suffering a facial injury against title rival Atlético.
Player to watch: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
A record-setting eighth Pichichi Trophy is apparently destined for Lionel Messi, who has ordered 28 goals heading into this latest round of matches. He has also recorded nine assists; The Argentine forward has reached double figures for both goals and assists in 12 of his 13 previous league campaigns, failing only in 2016/17 (37 goals and nine assists). The Barça captain is going to love his chances against Levante, who in his last 10 games against which he has already scored 13 times and created another 10 goals.