19:45 GMT 04 November 2017
After another round of European fixtures during the week, it’s business as usual in Europe’s top divisions this weekend. The Spanish top flight resumes just before the upcoming international break and in one of the biggest fixtures of matchweek 11, Sevilla make the trip to the Nou Camp to face Barcelona. The hosts are yet to lose in the league so far this term and after only dropping two points, they are top of La Liga. The visitors are currently 5th and can overtake the current holders, Real Madrid, with a win.
There are only a handful of teams that would boast a half-decent record against Barcelona and Sevilla certainly aren’t one of them. They have beaten the Catalan giants just once in La Liga since 2007, a run of 16 matches! Barca have won each of the last four meetings in all competitions and Sevilla have scored just once in those matches. Goals from Messi (2) and Suarez helped Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Sevilla back in April.
An unexpected win for Sevilla in this match would not only be great for their position in the table but also for general morale. They are definitely without Daniel Carrico and Nicolas Pareja, while the fitness levels of Gabriel Mercado and Joaquin Correa need to be assessed before the match.
Latest matches: Sevilla FC
|01.11.2017||UEFA||Sevilla FC||FC Spartak Moscow||2:1||W|
|28.10.2017||LaLi||Sevilla FC||CD Leganes||2:1||W|
|24.10.2017||Copa||FC Cartagena||Sevilla FC||0:3||W|
|21.10.2017||LaLi||Valencia CF||Sevilla FC||4:0||L|
|17.10.2017||UEFA||FC Spartak Moscow||Sevilla FC||5:1||L|
Another three points for Barcelona could quite easily see them extend their lead at the top of the league as the teams below them look incapable of keeping of the pace. They are going to be without Rafinha and Ousmane Dembele for a long period of time while Andre Gomes, Aleix Vidal, Sergi Roberto and Arda Turan won’t be available to face Sevilla.
Latest matches: FC Barcelona
|31.10.2017||UEFA||Olympiacos FC||FC Barcelona||0:0||D|
|28.10.2017||LaLi||Athletic Bilbao||FC Barcelona||0:2||W|
|24.10.2017||Copa||Real Murcia CF||FC Barcelona||0:3||W|
|21.10.2017||LaLi||FC Barcelona||Malaga CF||2:0||W|
|18.10.2017||UEFA||FC Barcelona||Olympiacos FC||3:1||W|
In the imperious form Barcelona are in at the moment, especially in the league, there aren’t many sides in the world that would beat them. Sevilla won’t be expecting to come away from Catalonia with anything against one of Europe’s hottest teams and it could turn out to be quite comfortable for the league leaders. The visitors will find it hard to break them down and may not even score, a clean sheet is a real possibility for Barcelona.
04 November 2017 - 19:45 GMT
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