Barcelona vs Sevilla: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast
The Catalan Giants to host Sevilla before a trip to Portugal
Manager Xavi Hernández was fuming after the 2-2 draw in LaLiga with RCD Mallorca at the Iberostar Stadium. FC Barcelona even had to fight hard to get a point on board as both of the times Los Bermellones went ahead. Now for the time being we see Girona FC lead the LaLiga table due to Barca losing points. Blaugranas have a UEFA Champions League trip to face Porto in Portugal and will be looking to get a good result with Sevilla before that.
The 2022-23 UEFA Europa League champions will travel to face FC Barcelona at their temporary backyard Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys. Barca’s main stadium Camp Nou is in the process of being renovated. Los Rojiblancos didn’t use any of Sergio Ramos, Lucas Ocampos and Ivan Rakitic in their 5-1 thrashing of Almeria in LaLiga. Coach José Luis Mendilibar has probably given them rest to be fully prepared for the trip to face Barca.
Friday, 29 September 2023 at 8:00 PM BST
Saturday, 30 September 2023 at 12:30 AM IST
Location: Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
Barcelona (in all competitions): D-W-W-W-W
Sevilla (in all competitions): W-D-D-W-L
Players to Watch
Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)
The Poland striker came off the bench by the hour mark against RCD Mallorca. Xavi will surely want him now on the starting lineup to face Sevilla. The former Bayern Munich star already has 8 goal contributions this LaLiga season in 7 appearances. Of those, 5 he scored and another 3 he set up for his teammates.
Sergio Ramos (Sevilla)
The legendary defender made an emotional return to his roots by joining Sevilla as a free agent after the summer transfer window closed. Ramos is no stranger to Barcelona. He has gone up against them many times over his career while he was at Real Madrid. The defender will be eager to keep Lewandowski and Co at bay while also wanting to try his luck and net goals.
- Barcelona’s six-game winning run was halted by a 2-2 draw with RCD Mallorca, now they will want to get back to their winning ways
- Both Sevilla and Barcelona have a Champions League trip next game, so a positive outcome is sought by both sides
- In the last three meetings, Blaugranas came out on top in all three against Los Rojiblancos
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Injury & Team News for Barcelona vs Sevilla
Barcelona will have a few players out for this fixture. Frenkie de Jong will need six more weeks to heal from the ankle injury he suffered last week. Also, a thigh issue will keep Pedri out and away from this action. Striker Robert Lewandowski was used as a substitute against Mallorca but surely will lead the line against Sevilla.
The visitors are coming on the back of a 5-1 humbling of Almeria side. In that game, key players like Sergio Ramos, Ivan Rakitic and Luca Ocampos weren’t used. We will see them in action after they are rested to be at their very best for this key fixture. Sevilla though will be without the likes of Oliver Torres, Mariano Diaz and Marcos Acuna.
Head to Head
Total Matches – 58
Barcelona wins – 38
Sevilla wins – 8
Draws – 12
Barcelona predicted lineup (4-3-3):
Ter Stegen (GK); Cancelo, Araujo, Kounde, Balde; Gundogan, Romeu, Gavi; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Felix
Sevilla predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):
Nyland (GK); Navas, Gudelj, Ramos, Pedrosa; Fernando, Sow; Lamela, Rakitic, Lukebakio; En-Nesyri
Match Prediction for Barcelona vs Sevilla
Barcelona are coming on the back of a 2-2 draw against RCD Mallorca which also ended their six-game winning run. And have an important fixture in UCL against Portugal’s FC Porto after they host Sevilla. Sevilla played really well in the last LaLiga fixture against Almeria even without key players like Ramos, Rakitic and Ocampos. The visitor’s decision to rest these players could be key in winning this very tight away fixture and cause an upset for Xavi and Co.
Prediction: Barcelona 1-2 Sevilla
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