Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 37
Barcelona team news: Lionel Messi (out, rest), Sergi Roberto (out, suspension), Samuel Umtiti (out, knee), Aleix Vidal (out, ignored)
Levante team news: Cheick Doukouré, Toño (out, injury)
Date/Time: Sunday, May 13th, 2018, 8.45pm CET (Barcelona), 7.45pm GMT/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 12.15am IST (India, next day)
Venue: Estadio Ciutat de València, València, Spain
Referee: Mario Melero López
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS En Español (USA, Canada - Spanish), Sky Sports Football (UK), SONY TEN 2 (India), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), others
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We are now very, very close to the end of the season in Europe. It’s always a little bit sad, especially because we’ll be without our favorite team playing meaningful matches for almost three months, but winning titles and making history makes things a little easier.
Barcelona have won two titles this season and are just 180 minutes away from history: the first team in Spanish football to go an entire league campaign without a loss. Being the first Invincibles in Spain would be pretty fun, and Barça need just two draws to make it happen.
But this is Barça, and draws don’t cut it. We’ll be looking to win, and Sunday promises to be a tough one to win as the Blaugrana travel to in-form Levante, who have won four in a row and are playing some really good stuff under manager Paco López. Barça will also be without Lionel Messi, who is rested for this one, so the other many stars on the team have to pick up the slack and lead the champions to a victory.
If they win (or draw, but we don’t want that), they’ll be just 90 minutes away from immortality.
Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Mina, Vermaelen, Alba; Dembélé, Paulinho, Rakitic, Coutinho; Suárez, Alcácer
Levante (4-4-2): Oier; Coke, Postigo, Chema, Luna; Bardhi, Lerma, Campaña, Morales; Jason, Boateng
Levante are rolling, but we should be too much for them, even without Messi: 3-1 Barça.