Preview: Sevilla v FC Barcelona

On Sunday FC Barcelona will head to Sevilla to play at the Sánchez Pizjuán. Kickoff will be at 8.45pm CET and it’s surely a must see match – it’s La Liga’s number two against number four. Playing at Sánchez Pizjuán are always challenging, although Barça have managed to win three out of the last five matches (one loss and one draw also).

Barça are coming off a midweek loss against Manchester City, where the play wasn’t very impressive – especially in the second half. Sevilla is coming off with a huge 4-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb, securing them a spot in the final 16 of the Champions League.

Sevilla is performing really well this season. In the first 10 matches in La Liga, they’ve won six, drawn three and lost just once. They’re the only team yet to lose points at home in La Liga, with five wins in five matches. It will be interesting to see the team’s reaction to the recent performance. And, we all know how much Messi likes to play at Sánchez Pizjuán with seven goals in 13 matches!

Recent form

Barcelona last match:

Starting XI: ter Stegen – Digne, Umtiti, Mascherano, Roberto –Rakitic (Turan 61′), Busquets, Gomes (Rafinha 76′) – Neymar, Suarez, Messi

Result: 3-1 loss against Manchester City, goal by Messi (21′)

Barcelona last 5 matches: L-W-W-W-W

Sevilla last match:

Starting XI: Rico – Escudero, Rami, Mercado, Mariano – Kranevitter, N’Zonzi – Vitolo (Sarabia 75′), Ganso (Kiyotake 75′), Vazquez (Ben Wedder 61′) – Vietto

Result: 4-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb

Sevilla last 5 matches: W-D-W-W-W

Team news

Barça’s injury list is still too long. Piqué and Alba will not play in this match, as confirmed earlier this week. Iniesta and Mathieu will also miss this match. Arda Turan has been confirmed to be available for the match, as he trained with the group on Friday. With all these injuries in mind, one could expect the starting eleven to be a lot like the one playing against Manchester City.

Yesterday Nasri trained with the Sevilla group again, so it seems that he could be featured. Carlos Fernandez has been out for a while, but could play too. Sevilla has done a great job rotating both between players and formations, but expect them to start strongest possible.

Match Prediction

With Barça’s recent performances in mind, this match could end in a draw. Our guess is a close 2-1 win for Barça or maybe a 2-2 draw.

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  • Papa Doc

    if Suarez, Busquets are so ineffective as the last game they must be substituted, as to Sergi starting a big big mistake.we were very silly selling a versatile player like Bartra and a fwd like munir. I am not sure if the coach has any tactics besides on Messi playing brilliantly.

    • Abdallah Wuntah

      What happens if the game is won do you still call the coach clueless you should not be writing here. These forum is for true cules go to goal and you can play with your mates there

    • Kneowell Anyanwu

      I’m not sure as a fan you can understand the things you see, you probably think lucho should feature in the starting 11 or play messi’s role. Barta versatile? Hahaha. Sorry, how did you get here?

      • Travis Morphy

        Exactly what I was asking glory hunter fans, Just a one or two Lose and these haters will be here bashing on the team when they need us the most. There is something called mistakes and everybody does I pretty sure Papa Doc have made several in his life than even Barca. These players are not machines or angels sent from heaven they are normal human with the same blood flowing throu their vains and they are permitted to make mistakes every now and then which is human nature no one can never be perfect only God is so why will you be bashing on them when you know they lost due to mistakes these make me question his loyalty to these club for me Barca is %1000000000000000 perfect with no flaws in the world of football even if Boca Juniors beat Barca 20: 1. I repeat no other team can ever get close to what barca have done and still doing we are different. Arsenal have went 10 years with no league but you never heard a 50k attendance its always 60k so imagine barca a team that wins almost double every season deserve to be bashed? It piss me off sometimes when barca loss then i get on these site just to see people like papa making things worst for me so when ever barca lose am only on their webpage to hear the players excuses which makes me feel better than coming on here listening to shitty stuff from people like papa that really hurt me alot that some one us could qustion these club.

        • Kneowell Anyanwu

          Expect them to be everywhere here tonight if we lose or draw, but they’ll be no where to be found if we win. You should get used to them

          • Travis Morphy

            hahahaha i know right just like you said no one to be found am beginning to get used to them in real time

  • Kneowell Anyanwu

    Tough game, I predicted a draw. We were lucky to keep the goal margin by just one cos sevilla owned the first half, hats off to that strong first half sevilla performance, sergi roberto making one mistake too many (hopefully the international break will do him some good) sevilla was always looking to finish off their attack from sergi’s position after starting from the right side of the pitch, lucas digne was solid, so was umtiti, mash was a beast, busquet needs his confidence back, he lacks it for now and almost cost us a goal with a poor pass. Neymar, TF happened to his scoring boot? All hail king Leo who brought us back into the game and laid the assist for the winner (he’s already making a strong case for the golden boot this season as he’s left the whole Europe behind in goals). Credit to Lucho for turning the game around after the break, we dominated the second half, we pressed more and played with a higher intensity and urgency. Dennis suarez needs to work on his ball vision though plus sharpen up his defensive duties as he let his man glide through and far from him when sevilla attacked. Thankfully it didn’t result to a goal. We’ve now won at 3 difficult grounds (even though our play hasn’t quite clicked and is sometimes bad): bilbao, valencia and sevilla…next one is away to sociedad, I have a feeling we will conquer anoeta this time. Will really be good if we can win major points as we look to build form. Come January/february when we would have gelled more, and iniesta, pique and alba would be fully back and fit. Great second half display by barca. It’s was a draw on this ground last season right? And a loss at home. Great comeback tonight and a valuable 3 points added against a sevilla side that beat atletico last week and haven’t even lost all season long. Sevilla’s last loss at home was in the spanish cup and guess who handed them the loss? No matter how nervy we appear to play, this team has got character and that gives me joy. We are still just 2 points behind madrid who haven’t won on these grounds yet this season as they’ve been playing mostly minnows, I consider us in pole position with these big results in difficult grounds.

  • Muhammad Shahab

    This was a tough game that could have gone either way. Let’s be thankful that Lionel Messi saved our asses for the nth time. And let’s be appreciative towards Sevilla. They worked really hard against us.

    Finally let’s stop complaining about Sergi Roberto. People have their share of errors. Besides his natural position is in the midfield. He has only been a right back for the past one year or so.