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!
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
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.
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.