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Barcelona vs Levante - Match Preview

17 Jan 2019 Tampines -Tanjong Pagar SPAIN: Copa del Rey
SPAIN: Copa del Rey

FC Barcelona

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W


20:30 GMT
17 January 2019

Levante UD

  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L

20:30 GMT 17 January 2019

There’s a break from the regular league schedule for some of Spain’s top teams as the Copa del Rey last 16 second legs draw to a close on Thursday after several ties on Wednesday. One of those sees Barcelona hosting Levante as they look to overturn the 2-1 deficit from the first leg.


  • Barcelona have been firing well in all competitions this season and there is still every chance they will complete a magnificent treble. They entered the Copa del Rey in the last round and eased past Cultural Leonesa to set up a tie with Levante which has proved trickier than expected after they lost the first leg.
  • Levante have had an average season so far in La Liga but cup success could really lift their campaign, especially if they knock out the current holders. They had to rely on a home win in the last round as they knocked out Lugo, they too entered the round in the last 32 phase.
  • Of Barcelona’s six goals in the competition so far, Denis Suarez has netted two while Clement Lenglet, Munir, Malcom and Phillipe Coutinho have all got one each.
  • Levante have scored just one fewer and it’s former Real Madrid striker Borja Mayoral who has the most with two. Erick Cabacko, Coke and Raphael Dwamena have the others.


Levante will actually take some confidence from their recent meetings with Barcelona as they have won two of the last four in all competitions. Although, in their last five visits to the Camp Nou, they have conceded a staggering 24 goals! There have been over 2.5 goals in nine of the last 10 meetings and Barcelona have scored three or more goals in eight of those.


It’s imperative that Barcelona don’t suffer a shock defeat in the Copa del Rey as they hunt as many trophies as possible this season. They are without Samuel Umtiti and Rafinha for the clash.

Latest matches: FC Barcelona

13.01.2019 LaLi FC Barcelona SD Eibar 3:0 W
10.01.2019 Copa Levante UD FC Barcelona 2:1 L
06.01.2019 LaLi Getafe CF FC Barcelona 1:2 W
22.12.2018 LaLi FC Barcelona Celta de Vigo 2:0 W
16.12.2018 LaLi Levante UD FC Barcelona 0:5 W


It will be a huge occasion if Levante are to dethrone the kings of the Copa del Rey. Chema and Armando Sadiku miss out as they are both nursing injuries.

Latest matches: Levante UD

13.01.2019 LaLi Atletico Madrid Levante UD 1:0 L
10.01.2019 Copa Levante UD FC Barcelona 2:1 W
04.01.2019 LaLi Levante UD Girona FC 2:2 D
23.12.2018 LaLi Rayo Vallecano Levante UD 2:1 L
16.12.2018 LaLi Levante UD FC Barcelona 0:5 L


There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Barcelona should cruise into the quarter-final in spite of the one-goal deficit and the recent meetings between the sides backs that up. Therefore, Barca to score 3+ goals and qualify for the next round should comfortably come in on Thursday night.

About the author - Tampines -Tanjong Pagar

  1. Tampines: Tampines Football Club, also known as Tampines Rovers, is a professional soccer team based in Singapore. They compete in the Singapore Premier League (SPL) and have a rich history in Singaporean football. Here are some key points to consider about Tampines:


  • Experienced Squad: Tampines Rovers have a good mix of experienced players who bring a wealth of knowledge and skill to the team.
  • Strong Attack: The team boasts several talented attacking players who are capable of creating scoring opportunities and finding the back of the net.
  • Consistent Performers: Tampines Rovers have been consistently competitive in the SPL, often finishing near the top of the league table.


  • Defensive Vulnerabilities: At times, Tampines Rovers have shown vulnerabilities in their defense, which can lead to conceding goals.
  • Inconsistency: While they have had successful campaigns in the past, there have been instances where they struggled to maintain a consistent performance level.
  1. Tanjong Pagar: Tanjong Pagar United Football Club is another Singaporean soccer team that participates in the Singapore Premier League. After a hiatus, they made a return to the league in recent years. Here's an assessment of Tanjong Pagar:


  • Resurgence: After their return to the SPL, Tanjong Pagar has shown resilience and determination to re-establish themselves as a competitive team.
  • Young Talent: The team has invested in young players, giving them opportunities to develop and showcase their abilities.
  • Fighting Spirit: Tanjong Pagar has displayed a never-give-up attitude, often putting up spirited performances even against stronger opponents.


  • Limited Squad Depth: Tanjong Pagar may face challenges due to a relatively smaller squad and fewer resources compared to some other teams in the league.
  • Defensive Fragility: The team has struggled with defensive solidity at times, leading to conceding goals more frequently.

Overall, Tampines Rovers have a stronger track record and a more established presence in the Singapore Premier League. They possess experienced players and have a history of competitive performances. On the other hand, Tanjong Pagar is a team that has been rebuilding and showing signs of progress. While they may face challenges, they have displayed resilience and a commitment to improvement.

It's important to note that soccer teams' performance can vary over time, so it's always a good idea to keep up with the latest news and updates on their progress.

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