May 11, 2021. 23:00. Valencia. “Ciudad de Valencia”.
La Liga. 36th round
Levante (Valencia) – Barcelona
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injured: Nikola Vukcevic, Nemanja Radoja – Philippe Coutinho, Ansu Fati
Levante – Barcelona: Bookmaker odds
For the second month in a row, Levante have not played full time in the Spanish championship matches, giving points to almost all teams that need them. The Valencians have enough points, which were taken out by the middle of March, not to worry much about the threat of departure. At the moment, “Frogs” have become unattainable for “Eibar”, and “Huesca” and “Elche”, having, however, the worst results in face-to-face meetings with outsiders of the league, are nine points ahead of three rounds before the end of the championship.
It is easy to estimate that in order to guarantee a place in La Liga, it is enough for the Valencians to score one point in the remaining matches, or to wait for the misfires of each of the competitors, which are very, very likely. “Levante” has to play at home with “Barcelona” and “Cadiz”, as well as roll up in Getafe next weekend. In the meantime, we state the fact that Paco Lopez’s team has an active series of five matches without victories in the championship. However, only in the previous round she managed to break a series of defeats, unexpectedly taking points in Vitoria from “Alaves” (2: 2) thanks to a double by Jose Luis Morales.
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“Barcelona” continues to chase Madrid’s “Atletico” in the hope of winning the title, and with it to draw a golden double. At the end of April, Ronald Koeman’s team missed the best chance to seize the initiative in the La Liga championship race. In the case of a home victory over “Granada”, the Catalans would come out on a clean 1st place in the table and then everything would depend only on them. Instead, “Blaugranas” for the first time in history lost to “Nasridov” at the “Camp Nou” (1: 2) and, twice as offensively, having a significant advantage in the course of the match.
In the first match of May, “Barcelona” is not without problems, but still beat “Valencia” on the road with a score of 3: 2 (Lionel Messi’s double and Antoine Griezmann’s goal), not letting “Atletico” in the gap before the face-to-face meeting at the “Camp Nou” “. And again, the Catalans had every chance to bypass the “Mattresses” in the table, but the team of Cuman for the second time this season, unimportantly held a match against a really strong opponent. The best in the match were the goalkeepers, who made several good saves and kept their goal intact. Madrid were better in the first half of the meeting, did not realize a couple of moments, and after the break settled in defense and were able to hold a draw that kept them in the lead.
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Levante – Barcelona: Approximate syllables
In “Levante”, Nemanja Rado and Nikola Vukcevic are already out of the game, and the latter, as it became known the day before, was eliminated by the end of the season. Again, the attacking midfielder Jose Campagna was not included in the application for the match and has recovered after several consecutive injuries. But center-back Sergio Postigo is available, who did not finish the match in Vitoria due to injury.
List of Levante players: Aitor Fernandez, Dani Cardenas – Son, Tonyo, Robert Pierre, Oscar Duarte, Ruben Vesu, Sergio Postigo, Carlos Clerk, Jorge Miramon, Cox – Ennis Bardi, Mikael Malsa, Ruben Rossina, Jorge De Frutos, Gonzalo Mechle Cohoras Sergio Leon, Roger Marty, Jose Luis Morales, Dani Gomez, Alejandro Cantero.
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The usual losses, in fact, and “Barcelona”. Striking midfielder Philippe Coutinho and winger Ansui Fati have been seriously injured for a long time. Sergio Busquets also got an unpleasant injury in the match against Atletico, but everything turned out not as scary as it seemed at first – the experienced Spaniard returned to training as soon as possible and got into the application for the upcoming match, and it is very likely that Sergio will come out. starting lineup. But in any case, it can be replaced by either a young Elix Moriba, or Roberto station wagon.
List of Barcelona players: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Neto, Arnau Tenas – Serginho Dest, Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Clement Lengle, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Oscar Mingesa – Sergio Busquets, Miralem Pianichi Ricky, Ricky Moriba – Antoine Griezmann, Martin Brightwhite, Lionel Messi, Usman Dembele, Trinkau.
Levante – Barcelona: author’s forecast
Levante have beaten Barcelona in three of their last four home games, but it should be corrected that all these successes have been achieved in the full stands of the Ciudad de Valencia. Paco Lopez’s team has won only one home match in the last three months, losing three extreme matches in a row with a goal difference of 1: 8, and “Frogs”, I repeat, for the second month are not particularly soaring at the expense of results. “Barcelona” must continue to win and wait for the misfires of Madrid’s competitors. In favor of the Catalans and the statistics of their away matches – in 2021, the team of Cuman won 10 of 11 away matches, losing only to El Clásico in Madrid.
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But strange as it may sound, “Levante” in the match against “Barcelona” may well remember what it’s like to chop, bite, fight, show character and will to win. After all, this is usually how middle-class people are visited by grandees. And in general, Paco Lopez’s team is not used to putting sticks in the wheels of the leaders. Valencia took four points from Atletico this season, and three from Real Madrid, winning in the capital. Probably they do not mind to slightly strain the Catalans.
I have no doubt that Levante can turn such a trick. But there are doubts whether they will strain, because the mood of the Valencians have long had problems. Well, whatever it is, and “Barcelona” is in any case the undisputed favorite of this match and, I think, Ronald Koeman’s team will confirm its status, winning the match. The maximum that, in my opinion, shines on the hosts – the defeat is not dry.
Frequently Asked Questions
🥇 What time does the match start?
The match will start at 23:00
🥇 Where is the best place to bet?
It is best to place a bet on the Parimatch website with odds of 1.92