Welcome back, La Liga! The Spanish league has returned this weekend, and 2018 starts with a tough game for the league leaders.
Barcelona welcome Levante to Camp Nou, and although the visitors are in 16th place and in poor form in the last several weeks, they’re filled with young talent and have a good defense that can cause problems to any team.
For the Blaugrana, this is a chance to take one more step towards another league title. Barça are currently six points ahead of Atlético Madrid and could have a nine-point lead with 20 matches to go if they beat Levante, and nine points with 20 games left is a really tough lead to overcome.
This will also be the first time that Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Andrés Iniesta play this season after they were rested for the Copa del Rey game in midweek, and the three superstars will surely be hungry for a winning start to the new year.
New signing Philippe Coutinho isn’t ready to make his debut just yet, but Ousmane Dembélé is available and will be involved once again. This will be a tough game for Barça, but it’ll be fun as well. You can’t miss it.
Competition/Round: La Liga Matchday 18
Date/Time: Sunday, January 7, 2018, 4:15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3:15pm GMT (UK), 10:15am ET, 7:15am PT (USA), 8:45pm IST (India)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA
Television: beIN SPORTS (USA, Canada, Spain), Sky Sports Football (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India)
Online streaming: beIN SPORTS (USA, Canada, Spain), Sky GO (UK), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)
(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Mascherano, Vermaelen, Alba; Paulinho, Rakitic, Iniesta; Dembélé, Messi, Suárez
Levante: Oier; Moore, Cabaco, Postigo, Luna; Lerma, Lukic, Doukouré; Jason, Boateng, Ivi