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Barça and Levante meet at the Camp Nou this evening. "It all comes down to one thing: playing your game and trying to win it" said Guardiola at his pre-match press conference on Friday. The manager never changes. He knows they can only make up the points between themselves and the leaders if they take each game as it comes. So, he has all of his attention focused on the visit of Levante, a team that has never even got a point at the Camp Nou, but that this season has stunned the Spanish football world, and are in fourth place in the table, just five points behind the defending champions.

There are just two games to go before the crucial trip to the Bernabéu. After a convincing win midweek against Rayo Vallecano (4-0), Barça also have a Champions League game on Tuesday at home to BATE Borisov. With FCB already qualified top of the group, there is very little at stake in that match, but this Saturday's game is certainly a big one. There are three essential points up for grabs, which could serve to close the gap on leaders Real Madrid, who will have just finished their game away to Sporting as Barça and Levante are about to kick off.

Possible new record

There are other targets this evening. If Barça win, it would be their ninth in a row in league fixtures at the Camp Nou, and if they manage to prevent their visitors from scoring, then they will beat their longest ever run without conceding a league goal at home, which dates back to the 1986/87 season.

Guardiola is missing the suspended Gerard Piqué tonight, in addition to the injured Ibrahim Afellay and Adriano. The latter is out for up to a week after examinations of his thigh injury on Wednesday.

Levante, surprise package

Levante have an impressive 26 points so far this season, having achieved such remarkable results as a win against Real Madrid at the Ciutat de Valencia and beating Villarreal at the Madrigal. In weeks 9 and 10 of the competition, they even topped the first division table for the first time in their history. But Juan Ignacio Martínez's daunting challenge is now to guide the team to its first ever point(s) at the Camp Nou, where Levante have lost on all six of their previous attempts.