Sevilla and Barcelona will go head-to-head for the second time this month when they square off at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville on Saturday.
Sevilla took down Barcelona 2–0 in the semifinals of the Copa Del Rey earlier this month. A repeat performance from Sevilla, now in La Liga, will see them leapfrog Barcelona into third place on the league standings.
Julen Lopetegui’s men have won 10 of their last 11 games across all competitions, with the only blemish in that period being a 3–2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Their 2–0 success against Osasuna on Monday was their 6th straight win in the league and they will try to stretch that impressive run when they host Barcelona on Saturday.
Following their 4–1 loss at home to PSG in the Champions League, Barcelona have drawn and lost a game apiece. After playing a 1–1 draw with Cadiz, they powered past Elche 3–0 in midweek, courtesy of a brace from Lionel Messi and a Jordi Alba strike.
They’re five points behind table-topping Atletico Madrid, but victory over Sevilla will see them reduce the deficit at least temporarily. Can they end their hosts’ winning run?
Sevilla: Midfielder, Lucas Ariel Ocampos and defender, Marcos Acuña are out with injuries and won’t be available until March.
Barcelona: Sergi Roberto and Philipe Coutinho are out until March. Ronald Araujo is also out until March due to an ankle injury.
Ansu Fati, meanwhile, will be back in April as he’s still recovering from a meniscus injury.
Sevilla are in fine form and have been consistent in front of goal, but Barcelona’s win against Elche should have Lionel Messi and co. fired up for this weekend clash. Barca will also seek to avoid back-to-back defeats at the hands of Sevilla, so expect them to play with purpose.
This has the makings of an entertaining game and both sides should have enough to get on the scoresheet in Seville. Back both teams to score.