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Barcelona vs Levante: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Tom Gott
Barcelona are in a rut
Barcelona are in a rut / Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Ronald Koeman will have another bite at relieving the pressure on himself when his Barcelona side welcome Levante to Camp Nou on Sunday.

Without a win in their last three games in all competitions, Barcelona are at risk of unravelling completely and they will have to try to compose themselves without Koeman, who is suspended for this game after being sent off against Cadiz.

They're up against a Levante side still searching for their first win of the season, so a poor result here could put the final nail in Koeman's coffin.

Here's everything you need to know about the game.

How to watch Barcelona vs Levante on TV/live stream

When is it being played? Sunday 26 September, 15:15 (BST)
Where is it being played? Camp Nou
TV channel? La Liga TV (UK), ESPN+ (US)
Highlights? La Liga YouTube Channel
Referee? Isidro Diaz de Mera

Barcelona team news

Ansu Fati
Fati will return to the matchday squad / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

The latest issues for Barcelona are the suspensions of both Koeman and Frenkie de Jong, whose red cards against Cadiz make them unavailable for this one.

They join Jordi Alba, Alejandro Balde, Moussa Wague, Pedri, Ousmane Dembele, Sergio Aguero and Martin Braithwaite on the sidelines.

It's not all doom and gloom, however, as young Ansu Fati is expected to make his return after nearly 12 months out with a knee injury.

Levante team news

Roberto Soldado
Soldado will miss out / Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images

Levante will definitely be without Roberto Soldado, Enis Bardhi and Jose Campana through injury and there's a good chance Mickael Malsa won't make it in time either.

There could be a start for former Real Madrid winger Jorge de Frutos, who is back after a knee injury saw him miss two games.

Barcelona vs Levante predicted lineups

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Araujo, Pique, Dest; Gavi, Busquets, Roberto; Coutinho, De Jong, Memphis

Levante: Fernandez; Miramon, Duarte, Mustafi, Clerc; De Frutos, Martinez, Radoja, Melero; Marti, Morales

Barcelona vs Levante head-to-head record

Ousmane Dembele, Jose Luis Morales
Levante derailed Barca's title hopes last time out / Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Barcelona have the clear advantage in the history books. They have lost just five of the 36 meetings between the two sides, but three of those have come in the past three years.

Last season's 3-3 draw was one of the biggest shocks of the season and effectively killed Barcelona's chances of winning the title, so Koeman's men will be out for revenge.

Barcelona did win the other meeting between these two last year - a 1-0 win in December - with Levante's last victory coming in November 2019.

Barcelona vs Levante score prediction

Ronald Koeman, Manager
A win may not be enough for Koeman / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona have been pretty poor recently, but Levante have been significantly worse and it would be a huge surprise to see them get anything from this game.

The Catalan side have been battered by injuries and suspensions, and they're without most of their players who are actually capable of making something happen against a low-block defence. Because of that, they may need to make the most out of a limited number of chances.

There should be a narrow win on the cards for Barcelona, but even if they do win all the points, it's not going to lift the mood at Camp Nou.

Prediction: Barcelona 1-0 Levante