Edin Dzeko & Gerard Pique
Barcelona could only draw with Roma in their Champions League opener on 16 September Reuters

Barcelona will look to continue their perfect start to their La Liga title defence when they host Levante at the Nou Camp on 20 September.

Where to watch live

Kick off is set for 7.30pm BST. The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 5 HD.


Barcelona came from behind to beat Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon last weekend to remain the only team in La Liga to have a 100% record this season. But the Catalan club's defence of their Champions League crown got off to a rocky start in midweek, as Alessandro Florenzi's wonder goal cancelled out Luis Suarez's opener and gave Roma a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico.

The game in Italy was marred by a cruciate ligament injury to Brazilian midfielder Rafinha, who is set to be sidelined for six months. Luis Enrique is also without Claudio Bravo, Thomas Vermaelen (both calf) and Gerard Pique (suspended) for the visit of Levante, while Dani Alves is a doubt.

Levante are still searching for their first victory this season after a defeat to Celta Vigo in their first match was followed by back-to-back draws with Las Palmas and Sevilla. Mozambique midfielder Simao Mate is suspended and will not feature at the Nou Camp, while defender Ivan Lopez (knee) is a doubt.

What managers say

Luis Enrique: "We deserved to win (against Roma) but I thought it was a fine all-round performance. There will always be things to improve. We did everything we could to win the game, but Roma were efficient."

Lucas Alcaraz: "They have very good players and we're not telling anybody anything they don't know by saying that Messi is the most decisive. But I coach our players and I will concentrate on them. Our most decisive player needs to be the whole team."

Form guide

  • Barcelona (all competitions): DWWWD
  • Last result: Roma 1-1 Barcelona (Champions League)
  • Levante: DDLDL
  • Last result: Levante 1-1 Sevilla

Betting odds (888sport)

  • Barcelona win: 1/14
  • Draw: 13
  • Levante win: 28

Team news

Barcelona possible XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Mascherano, Mathieu, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar

Levante possible XI: Martinez; I Lopez, Trujillo, Feddal, Juanfran, Tono; Camarasa, Mari, Verza; Deyverson, Ghilas