Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Rock-bottom Levante will host the leaders of the Primera Division this Sunday. Les Granotes are up for difficult battle in an attempt to avoid relegation to the Segunda. Even though Rubi’s men recorded back-to-back triumphs on home soil against Rayo Vallecano (2-1) and Las Palmas (3-2), it seems highly unlikely they are capable of earning much needed points against Blaugrana, especially bearing in mind that the Valencia-based outfit have never defeated Luis Enrique’s charges in La Liga. The Catalans won five consecutive fixtures against Rubi’s side, scoring at least four goals per game in the spell. Barca hammered Valencia in Copa del Rey in midweek (7-0) with an amazing performance by Messi and Suarez; the MSN trio will most certainly wreak havoc on Levante defense this time out, and chances are we are in for plenty of fireworks in the forthcoming clash. Given the fact that les Granotes started delivering goals in recent encounters, it is possible that Deyverson (7) and Jose Morales (5) could put at least one past Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo.
Highlighted Player (Javier Mascherano):
Born in San Lorenzo, Argentina on 8 June, 1984 Javier Mascherano began his senior career at River Plate. After making 46 appearances for the Argentine outfit he joined Corinthians in 2005 and he played 17 league games for the Brazilian team.
Mascherano moved to Europe in 2006 and despite being on Real Madrid’s and Barcelona’s radar, he signed a contract with West Ham United. The centre back, who is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well, played no more than five games for the Hammers in the Premier League and in 2007 he signed a contract with Liverpool. Three years later Mascherano joined Barcelona and he has been playing for the Catalan giants ever since.
In 2016 he won his fourth La Liga trophy with Barca, making 32 league appearances for the club in the 2015/2016 campaign. The Argentine footballer won two Champions League trophies with Barcelona, in 2011 and in 2015. His contract with the Catalan outfit expires on 30 June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Levante ):
Levante Union Deportiva is a Spanish football club from the city Valencia and is playing in the highest Spanish football division since 2010. The club is the second biggest of Valencia after the very known football club Valencia CF. The Valencia derby is one of the most hectic football games in the region. The nickname of Levante UD is Las Granotes which literally means the frogs. The club host it’s home games in the Ciutat de Valencia Stadium which holds a capacity of 26 000 seats. The club colors of Levante are blue and red.
The biggest success of Levante UD was in 1937 where the club won the Copa del Rey. Other prizes Levante won in lower divisions are the Segunda Division A in 2004 and the Seguda Division B in 1999. Famous players that played for Levante are Johan Cruyff, Sergio Garcia, Arveladze and Juanfran.