Soccer Picks: Barcelona vs. Levante Tips & Predictions

Mike Richardson

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:51 PM GMT

It’s a foregone conclusion that Barcelona will beat Levante on Sunday when they face off in Spain's top flight, but how else can bettors profit with their soccer picks in this opening matchup?


The sports books have the home side and defending champions at 1/11 while a wild draw is at 14/1 and even crazier result which is Levante winning is 33/1.

Through into the mix that Barcelona are 3/4 to retain the Spanish title and Levante are 2500/1 to win the league and 4/ 1 to be relegated this game is once again the very definition of a foregone conclusion.

Enough with who is going to win it… where is the money?

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Obviously you can go crazy and grab those 33/1 odds on Levante to win but why stop there? Why don't you go all-out bonkers (As next door’s cat) and have Barca leading on 45 min but Levante to take the game on the 90?! Those odds go as high as 250/1. It looks like most online sportsbooks think that Barcelona throwing away a half-time lead is more likely than Levante winning both halves as the odds on the highly unlikely thing happening only go as high as 80/1.

Somewhat unsurprisingly the bookies think that Barcelona winning both halves is most likely and the best odds your Humble Handicapper can find on that one is 2/5 Paddy Power.

The skimming a foregone conclusion is wanting the score certainly isn't the first four top correct score odds all have Barcelona keeping a clean sheet with 3-0 at 11/2, 4-0 at 13/2, 2-0 at 7/1 and 5-0 at 9/1.

Even with an away goal?

The bookies still fancy Barcelona as they put 3-1 at 12/1 and 4-1 at 13/1 and in fact the first result that gives Levante any points whatsoever with the bookies in terms of odds is, a goalless draw at 25/1 with bet 365 but that's also offered up at 40/1 with Boyle sports. I just can't envisage Barcelona failing to find the back of the net in pretty much any game they play all season. You should know that the home side winning 7-0 is at that same 40/1, but with Stan James, and I think that is considerably more likely and a better choice for your soccer picks.

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No surprises

Bet on Barcelona winning this game and bet on them winning at a canter, not quite a 7-0 result, but certainly running somewhere around 3-0 or 4-0. It also goes without saying that I suggest that you back Barcelona winning both halves.

Looking at the last for a resource between the two sides, it's all been about Barcelona although oddly enough back in May 2011 Levante did manage and 1-1 draw. However at that stage of the league everything was tied up and Barcelona had very little to play for. What I think is more significant is the fact that when Barcelona took on Levante in December 2011 they trounced them 5-0, and if you can find that score in the odds above.

Levante have only scored two goals against Barcelona out of their last five meetings which hardly gives them reason to smile, what is good and offers slight hope is that the last time they played Barcelona back in April in Barcelona the game was decided by a single goal, 1-0 to Barcelona. I can't see that happening again, as I think this can be a very comfortable win for the champions.

Prediction: Barcelona wins 3-0 available at 6/1 with Bet365.