Barcelona Vs. Levante: Pre-Match Primer

Lionel Messi is unavailable for Barcelona tonight, as are their regular central defenders, Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol. Their lineup looks a little bit makeshift, but this is still Barcelona and their lineup still has plenty of quality. Sergio Busquets has been moved to the center of defense in favor of a start for Gabriel Milito. Despite the oddities, it's still the classic Barcelona shape and style. There might be no Lionel Messi to rip Levante limb from limb, but Barcelona will still be heavy favorites. However, it's worth noting that Levante did hold Real Madrid to a 0-0 draw early in the season. What are the chances of lightning striking twice?

Barcelona lineup (4-3-3): Valdes ; Maxwell, Abidal, Busquets, Alves ; Mascherano, Xavi, Iniesta ; Pedro, Bojan, Villa

Levante lineup (4-5-1): Manuel ; Nano, Colomer, Del Horno, Cerrajeria ; Larrea, Torres, Pallardo, Juanlu, Nadal ; Jorda

The match has already kicked off and can be seen on ESPN3.com in the United States.

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