Levante vs. Barcelona: Copa del Rey Leg 1 Live Stream, Odds, TV Info | Bleacher Report

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 05: Malcom of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Copa del Rey fourth round second leg match between FC Barcelona and Cultural Leonesa at Camp Nou on December 05, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

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Levante welcome La Liga champions Barcelona on Thursday, when the pair clash in the first leg of their Copa del Rey round-of-16 tie.

The Estadio Ciudad de Valencia crowd will be hoping for a change in fortune in the cup after a run of one win in their last five league games. Success in the Copa del Rey also opens the gates to the UEFA Europa League for the winners.

However, the home side have never won the tournament, while Barca have lifted the trophy 30 times.

                  

Time: 8:30 p.m. (GMT)/3:30 p.m. (ET)

Date: Thursday, Jan. 10

TV Info: BeIN Sports (USA)

Live Stream:  BeIN Sports Connect, fuboTV (USA)

Odds: Levante win: 13-2, Draw: 5-1, Barca win: 1-3

Odds courtesy of Oddschecker.

                    

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Barcelona’s dominance in the Copa del Rey is unrivalled, and they have won the last four tournaments at a canter, including the 5-0 demolition of Sevilla in the final last year.

Levante’s best cup run was a semi-final appearance in 1935, and they have spent most of their history plying their trade outside of the top flight.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 16: Luis Suarez (R) of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Jose Angel Gomez Campana of Levante UD during the La Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia on December 16, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (P

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A win in this competition would be the greatest triumph in their 109-year history. Levante will be keen to match the previous success of local rivals Valencia but are consistently left in the shadow of Los Che.

Barca are five points clear at the top of La Liga and will surely rotate their squad for the 185-mile journey down the east coast.

Levante are in 10th place, but a cup run might be viewed as an unnecessary distraction as they bid to maintain their La Liga status.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 16: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates his side's third goal during the La Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia on December 16, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by David Aliaga/MB Media/Getty

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The two sides crossed swords in the league in December, with a Lionel Messi hat-trick helping Barca to a 5-0 win on the road.

Levante failed to deal with the potency of the Catalan attack and a repeat will see Barca cruise through without concern over the second leg.

Messi could be given the night off by manager Ernesto Valverde, offering Levante a better chance of resisting a huge deficit before they travel to the Camp Nou.

A number of youngsters could be given rare outings by Valverde, with a changed Barca side winning in the previous round against Leonesa in December.

Barca ran out 4-1 winners in the second leg, with the squad’s reserve talents taking centre stage.

                        

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