FC Barcelona would look to continue their unbeaten momentum in their title defense as they prepare to host Sevilla at their new home, Estadi Olimpico. The Catalans are in a hot form since last few matches, winning almost all fixtures, before their winning run was halted by a spirited Mallorca last night, where they drew 2-2.
A high-octane clash between Spanish heavyweights
FC Barcelona and Sevilla- this contest always delivers to the highest level, as the teams fight for their reputation in this game. A feisty encounter on the cards, Barcelona and Sevilla have always played out some of the best games whenever they have contested against each other, with an unpredictable result on the way, as none knows which team will reign supreme above the other. Over the last few years, the Catalans and Blanquirrojos have been involved in several top games, be it in La Liga, or in Copa Del Rey. Last season was a redemption year for Xavi’s Barcelona, as they had come on the back of a ferocious second place finish the year before, eventually losing out arch rivals Real Madrid. With Xavi at the helm and owing to the likes of several top stars like Lewandowski, Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo, the last two turning their fate around in La Liga, FC Barcelona have started their title defense well and above others, as they have cemented their position on the top, staying unbeaten, having 17 points from 7 games, with 5 victories and 2 draws. They will be coming all guns blazing after being hurt in their last game against Mallorca, where Xavi had rotated several of his star players, as they would look to return to winning ways with a victory over Sevilla.
Sevilla FC, on the other hand, has been on the other side of the table, enduring a torrid start to this year’s campaign, as they are currently on 11th position, a notch higher than last year. They have accumulated seven points from 6 fixtures, with a remarkable turnaround in last three games, where they have earned 7 points, and would be coming on the back of a tremendous mauling of UD Almeria 5-1. The reigning champions of Europa League, Sevilla have bolstered their defense by adding former star Sergio Ramos, as the legendary defending stalwart has joined the ranks of his former club, to help them out of the intense situation. Thus, with two of the biggest teams in Spain, Barca vs Sevilla promises to be a mouth-watering clash once again.
FC Barcelona vs Sevilla: team news
With a high-intensity clash on the block for both the teams, tacticians from both sides will look to field their strongest eleven, thus trying to get an edge upon the other. Xavi has showcased the depth of his squad when he has rotated his team throughout the season, often testing his bench strength. Against Mallorca, he has rested several first team starters like Lewandowski, who is spearheading the attack alongside Felix and Raphinha this season. Barcelona have several injury concerns which seem to be impeding them to field a complete eleven. Thankfully, Ronald Araujo was able to make an early comeback and was seen taking the field from start against Mallorca. The Catalans would be without the services of Dutchman Frenkie De Jong, who has become an indispensable force in midfield, accompanied by former Girona and Southampton star Oriol Romeu, who is touted as the next Sergio Busquets. Midfield wizard Pedri is also on the sidelines, as he is expected to make a comeback few days before international break, with Frenkie pitted to miss the all-important El Clasico at the end of October. Youngster Fermin might be given the nod ahead of Yamal against Sevilla, as the youngster has notched his first official goal for the Catalans last night, and he would be upbeat to maintain his hot form, as boss Xavi considers him to be one of the bright talents in the ranks of Barca.
Sevilla, on the other hand would look to field their strongest eleven, with Sergio Ramos back at the fore, as former Real Madrid and PSG stalwart would look to rekindle his fighting spirit against the defending La Liga champions.
FC Barcelona vs Sevilla: predicted line-ups
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Cancelo, Araujo, Kounde, Christensen; Gundogan, Romeu, Gavi; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Felix
Sevilla: Nyland; Navas, Ramos, Bade, Pedrosa; Sow, Fernando; Suso, Lamela, Lukebakio; En-Nesyri
FC Barcelona vs Sevilla: predicted score
FC Barcelona 2-0 Sevilla
FC Barcelona vs Sevilla: head-to-head
FC Barcelona victories: 38
Sevilla victories: 8
Last meeting: FC Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla
FC Barcelona vs Sevilla: Venue, Date, Time, Where to Watch
Venue: Estadi Olimpic
Date: 30th September, 2023
Time: 12:15 AM (Indian Standard Time)
Where to Watch: Sports 18