The La Liga defending champions, Barcelona, have hit the ground running early in the domestic competition with three victories on the trot. The Spanish giants will be eyeing a fourth straight victory when they face Levante at Camp Nou in Barcelona on Sunday.
The home team have to do without the services of Claudio Bravo, Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha, while Gerard Piqué is still serving his domestic suspension. Barcelona, who demolished teams last season, have not been able to replicate the dominance this time around as they have not scored more than two goals in any of the matches so far.
Such offensive record does not reflect a positive note when they have top class players such as Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi in their ranks. Messi, Neymar and Suarez have scored a goal each in the competition, while Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo already has five goals to his name. Hence, the Barcelona trio must be hungry to find the back of the net more often.
However, Barcelona's manager Luis Enrique is not perturbed with their lack of goals.
"We have scored less goals than other seasons? That doesn't worry me at all. In terms of points we are doing well. In the league it is no good being strong just for a part of the season," said Enrique.
Levante, like Barcelona, have not found the back of the net often. They are even more disappointing with two goals in their last three games. They have only lost one match in the La Liga so far. Levante should draw inspiration from their last game where they came up with an impressive performance to draw against Sevilla.
Though Levante might not have won any match in the La Liga this season, they have showed some great heart in their performances. Luis Enrique believes Levante will have players behind the ball and make Barcelona's life tough on the pitch.
"I am expecting a Levante with the same attitude that I have seen them with in the first few games of the season. They will be ready to make life difficult for us, getting players behind the ball. It is always difficult to attack a team that has players sat back in defence," said Enrique.
The match is expected to be played majorly in Levante's half, but the visitors need to take advantage on the counter and create opportunities for their forwards to score goals.
Levante, obviously, will start the match as an underdog.
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Barcelona vs Levante La Liga game has been scheduled for 7:30pm local time (12am IST, 7:30pm BST, 2:30pm ET) start with live TV coverage on Sony Kix and live streaming on Livsports.
UK viewers have the luxury of watching the La Liga match live on Sky Sports5/HD with live streaming option on Sky Go.
Viewers in the US will be able to watch Barcelona vs Levante La Liga game on Bein Sports, while the live stream option is on Bein Sports Connect.
Spain viewers can catch the Barcelona vs Levante game live on Canal+.