Starting XI: Barca v Levante
Spanish La Liga Starting XI: FC Barcelona v Levante 07 January 2018
Spanish La Liga
Teams: FC Barcelona v Levante
Venue: Camp Nou
Date: 7 January 2018
Runaway leaders FC Barcelona will return to La Liga action when they host Levante at Camp Nou on Sunday.
The Catalans were held to a 1-1 draw by Celta Vigo in a midweek Copa del Rey clash, but were boosted by the return of Ousmane Dembélé off the bench after a lengthy injury layoff.
Their league form has been exceptional this season and they head into this match having won 14 of their 17 La Liga fixtures this season and drawn the other three.
Levante have been caught in the scrap for positions at the bottom end of the table, but a result against Ernesto Valverde’s side would significantly boost their survival chances.
They head into this game off the back of a 2-1 cup win over Espanyol and will now be looking to topple their better-known Catalan neighbours.
The visitors will look to capitalise on the absence of suspended Sergio Busquets, but Barcelona’s squad players have proved themselves more than capable of filling in throughout the season.
Valverde’s side start as massive favourites to clinch victory in their first league game of the new year, but anything less for them might just blow open a title race that is already threatening to go stale.
Here's how they line up:
Barca: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Mascherano, Vermaelen, Alba; Rakitić, Iniesta, Paulinho; Messi, Suárez, Dembélé.
Levante: Oier; Moore, Postigo, Cabaco, Luna; Lerma, Lukic; Jason, Doukoure, Ivi; Boateng.