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

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Walsh could make her debut
Walsh could make her debut / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Barcelona begin the defence of their Primera Division title on Sunday as they face newly promoted Levante Las Planas.

The game is at risk of being suspended - along with the entire opening weekend of Liga F - due to a referee strike in the Spanish top flight.

Barcelona are attempting to be crowned champions of Spain for a fourth successive season, having stormed to the title last term. They are undefeated in the top flight since June 2021.

Blaugrana take on a Levante Las Planas side who are back in the top flight following an eight-year absence, having won back-to-back promotions over the last two seasons.

How to watch Levante Las Planas vs Barcelona on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Sunday 11 September, 17:00 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Camp Municipal Les Planes
TV channel/livestream? DAZN

Levante Las Planas vs Barcelona team news

Barcelona find themselves with a number of injury problems ahead of the new season. Alexia Putellas is set to miss the majority of the campaign after rupturing her ACL on the eve of Euro 2022, while Cata Coll, Jana Fernández and Bruna Vilamala all sustained long-term injuries last season, and are not expected to be ready for the start of the new campaign.

Asisat Oshoala returned to training at the end of August following two months on the sideline with a ligament strain, but did not feature in pre-season for Barca so it remains to be seen if she is ready for competitive action yet.

Aitana Bonmati suffered a muscular injury at the beginning of August, and subsequently did not play in any of Barcelona's pre-season friendlies.

Sunday could see league debuts for Barcelona's new summer signings Geyse, Nuria Rábano, Salma Paralluelo, Lucy Bronze and world record transfer Keira Walsh.

Barcelona predicted lineup

Barcelona (4-3-3): Panos; Bronze, Leon, Paredes, Rolfo; Walsh, Guijarro, Caldentey; Graham Hansen, Pina, Crnogorcevic.

Levante Las Planas vs Barcelona score prediction

Barcelona have lost just once in the league since 2019 and surged to the title last term, winning 30 matches out of 30 and scoring 159 goals in the process.

Although there has been a slight squad turnover in Catalonia this summer - the influential Lieke Martens has departed for PSG, all-time top scorer Jenni Hermoso has joined CF Pachuca and captain Alexia Putellas is expected to miss the bulk of the season through injury - this is still a world class team, and they should dispatch of Levante Las Planas with relative ease.

Prediction: Levante Las Planas 0-6 Barcelona