Barcelona vs Sevilla: Top of the table clash takes centre stageOctober 19, 2018
Barcelona vs Sevilla – Nou Camp, Barcelona – Saturday 20th October – Kick off 7:45pm UK time
Saturday evening will see a top of the table La Liga clash as last season champions Barcelona host shock leaders Sevilla at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona have made an uncharacteristically slow start and have dropped points to the likes of Valencia, Girona and Atletico Bilbao including a loss at Leganes. Barcelona will need to get to their best before next week’s El Clasico and what better way to prepare for that than with the visit of Sevilla to the Nou Camp. In Barcelona’s last game away at Valencia, Messi salvaged a point with an amazing goal after the home side had taken the lead.
Meanwhile Sevilla are on a four game winning streak which includes the 3–0 win over Real Madrid which has put them second in the La Liga table. Andre Silva has been pivotal in taking the Andalucian side to the top of the table while the other notable performer has been Wissam Ben Yedder who scored in the 2–1 win over Celta Vigo.
Barcelona and Sevilla have already met this season, with the former recording a 2-1 win in the Spanish Super Sup back in August. Their last La Liga match-up brought a 2-2 draw at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in March, but Barcelona ran out 2-1 winners at the Camp Nou in the corresponding La Liga match during the 2017-18 campaign.
Sevilla have not actually avoided defeat at Camp Nou in the league since October 2011, losing on each of their last six visits to Barcelona. The last time Sevilla defeated Barcelona in the league was on October 15 courtesy of Michael Krohn-Dehli & Vicente Iborra goals. Last Season, Barcelona defeated Sevilla at home and drew away at Sevilla.
The injury to Thomas Vermaelen means he joins Samuel Umtiti as being unavailable for the game. That leaves just Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as the Barca squad’s only two fit centre-backs. Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez returned to training this week and should be available.
For Sevilla, midfielders Maxime Gonalons and Ibrahim Amadou will be missing while defenders Sergio Escudero and Gabriel Mercado returned to training this week although they are unlikely to feature.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Coutinho, Suarez, Messi
Sevilla (3-4-1-2): Vaclik; Gomes, Kjaer, Carrico; Navas, Banega, Vazquez, Arana; Sarabia; Ben Yedder, Silva
Barcelona 3-1 Sevilla