Sevilla Vs. Barcelona: Preview, Prediction, Possible Line-Ups, Kick-Off Time, & Betting Tips
After the defeat in the Champions League against Manchester City, Barcelona will resume La Liga action in a tricky fixture away to Sevilla.
Despite starting brightly in the game against City, Barcelona could not convert their dominance into goals in the first half. Lionel Messi scored for the Catalans in a break, but a second-half resurgence from Manchester City saw the English side win their first game against Barcelona after five consecutive losses.
Watch the highlights of the Barcelona-Man City game below.
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The game once against strengthened the claim that Luis Enrique is not a better manager than his compatriot Pep Guardiola, and Barcelona is not the same side without Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique.
The midfield maestro was sorely missed against City, as Barcelona’s midfield of Sergio Busquet, Andre Gomes, and Ivan Rakitic could not deal with City’s relentless pressure. Pique’s ability to bring the ball from the back is missed by Barcelona, and they are a better side with the 29-year-old on team. However, against Sevilla, both Iniesta and Pique will not play any part, as they are currently nursing their injuries.
In the same competition, Sevilla won big against Dinamo Zagreb, scoring four goals without a reply. Luciano Vietto had great game, and he capped off his solid performance with a goal. He is expected to start against Barca on Sunday.
Date, Kick-Off Time, And Venue
The game will take place on November 6, 2016, at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. The kick-off times for various time zones are provided below.
- U.K. time: 7:45 p.m
- U.S.A. time: 2:45 p.m.
- Pacific time: 11:45 a.m.
- Kenyan time: 9:45 p.m.
- UAE time: 10:45 p.m.
- Indian time: 1:15 p.m.
- Malaysia time: 2:45 a.m.
Sevilla: Team News
For Sevilla, Carlos Fernandez, Benoit Tremoulinas, and Michael Krohn-Dehli will be absent due to respective knee injuries. Wissam Ben Yedder scored after coming from bench against Zagreb in CL, so he may return to starting lineup.
Sevilla Predicted Line-Up vs Barcelona (4-2-3-1):
Rico; Mariano, Pareja, Mercado, Escudero; Steven N’Zonzi, Vazquez, Iborra; Vitolo, Nasri, Vietto
Barcelona: Team News
Alongside Pique and Iniesta, Arda Turan may be unavailable for Barcelona, as he picked up an ankle injury in the game against Manchester City after coming off the bench.
French defender Jeremy Mathieu will miss the game due to calf strain he picked up in training few weeks ago.
Jordi Alba is doubtful to start the game, but he may take part in the match as a substitute.
Barcelona Predicted Line-Up vs Sevilla (4-2-3-1):
ter Stegen; Roberto, Mascherano, Umtiti, Digne; Busquet, Rakitic, Rafinha; Messi, Suarez, Neymar
TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.S., the game will be live on fuboTV, beIN SPORTS USA, beIN SPORTS en Espanyol, and beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A. In the U.K., the match will be live on SKY GO Extra, NOW TV UK, Sky Sports 1/HD UK, and Sky Go UK.
Sevilla vs. Barcelona: Head-to-Head (H2H)
Total games since 2002: 39
Barcelona win: 24
Sevilla win: 7
Last time, Sevilla and Barcelona played was in the Spanish Super Cup game in which Lionel Messi and Co. won 2-0 in the first leg and 3-0 in the second leg.
Sevilla vs. Barcelona: Prediction
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There is hardly a better time to face Barcelona than at the moment. The Catalan giants have arguably the best attack in football right now, but their midfield and defense is in disarray at the moment. The new signings have not performed as they were expected, which means a deteriorated Barca could be hurt by Sevilla.
Final Predicted Score: Sevilla 2-2 Barcelona
Sevilla vs. Barcelona: Betting Tips and Odds
- Sevilla win: 4/1
- A draw: 7/2
- Barcelona win: 4/7
- Under 2.5 goals: 13/8
- Over 2.5 goals: 4/9
- Both teams to score: 1/2
- Both teams fail to score: 6/4
The odds were provided by Paddypower.
Key Stats to consider
- Barcelona has lost two times in last three games.
- Sevilla is unbeaten in last seven games in all competitions.
- Lionel Messi is the top scorer for Barca, scoring 15 goals and registering further six assists.
- Sevilla has three clean sheets in its last four games.
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