Levante – Barcelona Prediction & Picks (10.01.2019)


Levante – Barcelona SOCCER PICKS

Levante and Barcelona meet at Ciudad de Valencia Stadium, in a match for this phase of the Copa del Rey (8th Finals). The record of direct confrontations in this stadium is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 6 matches won 4, drew 1 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams met in this stadium was on 12-16-2018 , in a match for the First Division that ended with the victory of Barcelona by (0-5). L. Suárez (35 ‘), L. Messi (43’, 47 ‘and 60’) and Piqué (88 ‘) scored the goals of the match for Barcelona. The Barcelona presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so that in this game the home factor may be decisive.


The home team reaches this phase of the Copa del Rey (8th Finals) after having eliminated Lugo, after a home victory by (2-0) and a draw by (1-1) away in the tie previous. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 7 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 25 goals scored and 22 conceded; against 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 30 goals scored and 31 conceded. In the last match they played, for the First Division, they drew with Girona at home (2-2). In the last 10 home matches Levante has won 4, tied 2 and lost 4. The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. There is a tendency for goals in their home matches, since 20 of the last 22 matches they have played have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 7 games in which they suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 11 home matches for all competitions: they have scored 6 of their 17 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).

Levante comes to this game with a draw, two, at the reception to Girona, adding the fourth consecutive game without winning: the goals of the team were marked by Morales and Coke. In the final elimination of the Copa del Rey, the locals eliminated Lugo with a victory in the second leg, 2-0. In this game against the fans, coach Paco López must align his team in the same tactical system of the last match, that is, the 3-5-2, benefiting the tactical organization and counterattacks. It is important to point out that spearhead Roger Martí is the best scorer of Levante, with 8 goals scored. From outside due to physical problems continue Pedro López, Doukouré and Sadiku.


The visiting team reaches this phase of the Copa del Rey (8th Finals) after having eliminated the Cultural Leonesa, with a victory by (4-1) at home and a win by (0-1) away in the previous tie. This is a team that, oddly enough, was better outside than at home, as in the last 30 matches they register 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses in away matches; against 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the First Division, they beat Getafe by (1-2). In the last 10 away matches Barcelona has 7 wins and 3 draws. His attack has scored regularly, as he scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 27 of the last 31 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 13 of its last 15 games, of these 13 came to the break in advantage in 9 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 11.

Barcelona comes to this game with a 1-2 victory in the Getafe field, adding the third consecutive win, all for the Spanish championship: the goals were scored by Messi and Suarez. In the previous round of the Copa del Rey, the visitors eliminated Cultural Leonesa without great difficulties. Normally the trainer Ernesto Valverde plays in 4-3-3, favoring the tactical organization, possession of the ball and the organized attacks, especially through the flanks: Dembélé is very fast and eximio in the defense-attack transition. It is important to underline that the Argentine Messi is the best finalist of Barcelona, ​​with 22 goals scored. Everything indicates that the foreign trainer does not have Rafinha, Umtiti and Vermaelen, players recovering from injury.

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