After a vital win versus Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan in the Champions League, Barcelona resume league action to face Sevilla.
Though Barca finds itself at the fourth spot in the league, they’re just a couple of points away from table-toppers Real Madrid. Meanwhile, Sevilla is fresh from a win against Apoel Nicosia in the Europa League.
Date- Monday, October 7
Time-12:30 AM (IST)
Venue- Camp Nou
Barcelona Team News
Post the loss to Granada, Barcelona has won three games on the trot. The latest being a 2-1 win versus Inter Milan thanks to the brilliance of Luis Suarez.
Lionel Messi’s return made a big impact on Champions League night as he clearly getting back to his best. Messi ended up setting up Suarez in typical Messi manner as the Uruguay international scored his second of the night versus Inter.
Clement Lenglet is out of contention due to two yellow cards which he received against Getafe.
Jordi Alba and Junior Firpo are on the sidelines due to injury. Nelson Semedo can come in to fill the position at left-back.
Samuel Umtiti remains a long term absentee.
Sevilla Team News
Sevilla is on the back of a 3-2 win versus Real Sociedad in the league, followed by a 1-0 win to Apoel Nicosia in the Europa League.
Though Sevilla with 13 points is level to Barcelona, it’s the goal difference which separates Lopetegui’s side to the sixth spot.
Daniel Carrico is in doubt to feature against Barcelona due to injury. As a result, Jules Kounde can partner along Diego Carlos at centre-back.
Oliver Torres or Joan Jordan can play alongside Fernando and Ever Banega in midfield.
Luuk de Jong is expected to stay up top in spite of not being much amongst the goals this season.
Barcelona- T Stegan; Roberto, Pique, Todibo, Semedo; de Jong, Busquets, Arthur; Messi Grizmann, Suarez
Sevilla- Vaclik; Reguilon, Kounde, Carlos, Navas; Jordan, Fernando, Banega; Nolito, Jong, Ocampos
In the last six games between the two sides, Barcelona has clearly had the upper hand with five wins to Sevilla’s one win.
Barcelona has scored two or more goals in 11 of their last 12 encounters against Sevilla.
Luis Suarez seemed to be in his best against Inter Milan and scored two scintillating goals against a compact defence. In La Liga, Suarez has managed to get his name on the scoresheet thrice.
Though Leo Messi hasn’t scored yet for Barcelona, his sharpness in the game against Inter Milan and skill to make an assist for Suarez makes him a threat to Sevilla.
For Sevilla, Lucas Ocampos and Nolito can be the danger men, with the duo scoring two goals each this season.
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