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Barcelona vs Levante, Copa del Rey (2nd leg): Team News, Match Preview

Barça return home having to overcome a one-goal deficit to reach the quarterfinals

FC Barcelona v SD Eibar - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

FC Barcelona vs Levante UD

Competition/Round: 2018-19 Copa del Rey, Round of 16 2nd leg

First leg result: Levante 2-1 Barcelona

Barcelona Outs & Doubts: Malcom, Sergi Samper, Thomas Vermaelen, Samuel Umtiti, Rafinha (out)

Levante Outs & Doubts: Antonio Luna, Armando Sadiku (out)

Date/Time: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 9.30pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8.30pm GMT (UK), 3.30pm ET, 12.30pm PT (USA), 2am IST (India, Friday)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), others

After a comfortable league win at the weekend to lift the spirits, Barcelona return to Cup action on Thursday with the second leg of the Round of 16 against Levante. Barça were completely outplayed and lucky to escape with a 2-1 loss and an away goal, so it’s not the disaster scenario it was shaping up to be after Levante scored twice in the first 15 minutes.

The math is easy for Barça: win by 1-0, you advance thanks to the away goal. If Levante score, Barça need to win by two goals or more. Any other results favor the visitors. Ernesto Valverde called up all the big boys for this one, so expect Barça to come out looking to avenge last week’s loss and move on to the quarterfinals.

Let’s do this, boys.


Barcelona (4-4-2): Cillessen; Semedo, Piqué, Murillo, Alba; Dembélé, Rakitic, Vidal, Coutinho; Messi, Suárez*

*Valverde tried this exact lineup, minus Murillo, in the final minutes against Eibar. There was no reason to be so attacking with the game over, so my guess is he was trying it out for this game.

Levante (5-3-2): Aitor; Coke, Cabaco, Postigo, Chema, Simon; Rochina, Prcic, Campaña; Boateng, Mayoral


Let’s smash them, Hulk-style, and move on in style: 5-1 Barça. I don’t know why I’m this confident, but I am. Screw it.

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