Barcelona vs. Levante 2/2/20 Spanish LaLiga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
2/2/20 3 pm
Over 2.5 (-400), Under 2.5 (+300)
Barcelona is welcoming Levante to Camp Nou in part of round 22 of Spanish LaLiga.
Barcelona is still getting used to the new coach’s ideas and the midweek win in Copa del Rey against Leganes certainly help with that. Barcelona is in second place in LaLiga standings with 43 points, 3 points less than Real Madrid at the top. Offensively, Barcelona is the best team in Spain, but 50 scored goals are not their best and I’m sure they are capable of scoring a lot more goals. The biggest problem for Barcelona at the moment is lack of strikers because Suarez is injured and the season is over for him, while Griezman is more of a winger or attacking midfielder. In their last LaLiga match against Valencia, Barcelona had 74% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 0 corner kicks, and high 92% of the correct passes. Barcelona might have been dominant with possession, but Valencia was the better team overall and has won this match 2-0 thanks to Barcelona’s defense sloppy mistakes that the team of Barcelona’s caliber should make. Lionel Messi has scored 14 goals for Barcelona and added 6 assists, while Suarez added 11 goals and 7 assists. During this winter transfer window, Barcelona was looking to sign a striker that would replace Suarez, but they came out empty and decided not to buy anyone. Barcelona has plenty of attacking firepower, and when Dembele recovers from his injury, Barcelona will be even more dangerous. Sure, Suarez will be missed in Barcelona, but no one except Messi is irreplaceable in this team. As far as the Champions League goes, Barcelona will face Napoli in the Top 16, a team that is not playing well and has been struggling for a while now. It might take a few more games for Barcelona’s players to get used to the new ideas, but I’m confident they will be back on winning track in no time.
Levante is on a 3-game losing streak and has lost 4 of their last 5 games overall. With 26 points, 26 scored goals, and 32 conceded goals, Levante is in 13th place, a solid result for a team from the lower half of LaLiga. Marti Roger has been Levante’s best player this season and has scored 9 goals so far, while Borja Mayoral added 4 goals. Rober Pier and Ivan Lopez are both injured and will not be in the lineup for this game. In their last LaLiga game against Osasuna, Levante had 45% of ball possession, only 2 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, and low 65% of the correct passes. Levante was hanging in this game until 81st minute when they conceded the first goal, and 84th minute when they conceded a second goal and lost this game 2-0. Levante is a home team, and most of the points they won came while playing at home and that is not something that is going to change because Levante simply doesn’t have the quality to play good enough soccer at home and away from home. LaLiga is now the only competition that Levante is playing because they got knocked out of Copa del Rey by Sevilla 10 days ago, and I believe that is good for Levante because they can focus on staying outside the relegation zone. I don’t think that Levante is a bad team, but there is not much coach Paco Lopez can do if the management isn’t investing money in the team and signing good players. Expectations are not high in Levante, and I believe that even this 13th place is more than they were expecting.
When playing at home, Barcelona hasn’t lost to Levante in their last 14 games. Levante is 3-0-8 away from home this season, while Barcelona is 9-1-0 at home. Barcelona is the better team here however you look at it and I see them getting back on winning track in LaLiga in this match.