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Sevilla vs Barcelona: Line-ups
Barcelona’s Attack Will Prevail
It is still so early in the season, but Sevilla are languishing down in 15th spot in the table, having picked up just one point from three matches, which is certainly a concern heading into a clash with Barcelona.
Los Nervionenses have another hugely difficult home game on the horizon, with their Champions League campaign beginning against Manchester City at Estadio Ramon next week, and it is set to be an extremely busy period for the club due to their European commitments. Sevilla have not actually beaten Barcelona in La Liga since October 2015, but the points were shared in a 1-1 draw when the two teams met in the corresponding fixture last term.
Barcelona, meanwhile, made an underwhelming start to their campaign, playing out a goalless draw with Rayo Vallecano on August 13, but they have won their last two in impressive fashion. Indeed, the Catalan outfit were 3-1 winners over Real Sociedad on August 21 before beating Real Valladolid 4-0 last time out, with Robert Lewandowski scoring four times in his last two league appearances.
Xavi’s side have had an impressive transfer window and will be expecting to challenge for the major trophies this term, and their Champions League campaign will also begin next week with a home game against Viktoria Plzen. Barcelona’s next four league matches after this one are against Cadiz, Elche, Mallorca and Celta Vigo, before the small matter of a trip to Real Madrid in the middle of October, and it will be fascinating to see what the team can achieve this season considering their summer business.
Blaugrana were 13 points behind champions Real Madrid in the table last season, and they are already two back from Los Blancos this term, but a strong title challenge is expected, and the team will be looking to make a big improvement on a 2021-22 season that saw them lose seven times in the league.
Sevilla’s defensive problems are a concern ahead of this match, and we are finding it really tough to back the home side to get anything from the contest. Barcelona have so much attacking talent, and we are expecting Xavi’s side to make it three straight wins in relatively comfortable fashion considering the difficulty of the match.