The La Liga action continues to come thick and fast with Barcelona travelling to face Sevilla on Friday night.
Barcelona are currently four points clear of Real Madrid in the La Liga title race, although Los Blancos do have a game in hand, which will take place on Thursday.
The Blaugrana have won both of their games following the league’s return, beating Real Mallorca and Leganes, but face tougher opposition this time round.
While both Mallorca and Leganes are fighting relegation, Sevilla are third in La Liga and embroiled in a close battle for the final two Champions League places, with just four points between them and sixth-placed Getafe.
Sevilla are also unbeaten post-break, beating rivals Real Betis in the La Liga’s opener but were held to a draw by mid-table Levante in the most recent gameweek.
Where to watch Sevilla vs Barcelona on TV:
- UK: LaLigaTV
- US: beIN SPORTS
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Sevilla & Barcelona’s previous line-ups:
Sevilla have no fresh injury concerns, meaning Julen Lopetegui has freedom when picking his starting XI. Sergi Roberto will be absent for Barcelona after bruising his rib against Leganes, but Jordi Alba is back after suspension.
Players to watch:
Sevilla: There have been many forwards who have failed to make a sustained push in Barcelona’s first team due to the ability of Lionel Messi, and Munir El Haddadi is one of them. The one-cap Spain international joined Barcelona’s La Masia as a 16-year-old in 2011 and would go on to help the club win the Uefa Youth League in 2014, scoring 11 goals in 10 matches. Eventually called up to the first team, Munir did manage to score on his Barcelona debut, rounding off a 3-0 win over Elche in August 2014 just days before his 19th birthday. Munir also played his part in two Copa del Rey victories and the 2014/15 Champions League win but was always on the periphery, eventually being sent on loan to Valencia. Another loan to Alaves followed before Munir was finally sold to Sevilla last January. But things haven’t gone to plan for the 24-year-old, scoring just two La Liga goals this season, both of which came in December. He has, however, started the past two games for Sevilla and will no doubt be hoping to show what he can do against his former side.
Barcelona: Another player looking to prove himself, this time for Barcelona, will be Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman has had an underwhelming first campaign at the Nou Camp, scoring eight goals in 28 La Liga appearances after a drawn-out transfer saga. Griezmann has spent most of the season on the wing but, in Luis Suarez’s absence, was moved centrally (without much luck). Overshadowed by Messi, Griezmann has scored just one league goal in 2020 and it came in February. Griezmann’s lack of goals have seen the Frenchman draw criticism from both fans and those linked to Barcelona. Rivaldo feels he risks becoming the new Philippe Coutinho, an £100m+ signing from Liverpool currently languishing on the transfer list since loan-club Bayern Munich chose not to sign him.
“Barca have won both their games since the restart, with Antoine Griezmann as a starter, but he continues to be far from the player he was at Atletico Madrid and some are wondering if he may become a ‘new Coutinho’ at Barcelona,” Rivaldo told Betfair.
“It’s harsh to start making those comparisons, but it’s up to the player to prove it on the pitch.
“The lack of goals is demotivating and damages Griezmann’s confidence, so I believe it’s important for Lionel Messi to help him.
“Messi could, for example, let Griezmann take penalties when Barcelona are winning comfortably – just to get the Frenchman scoring – just like he did with Luis Suarez in the past.”
With Suarez edging closer to fitness, time is running out for Griezmann to prove he is capable of leading the line for Barcelona.
Scoreline prediction: Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona
La Liga 2019/20 recent form:
- Sevilla: WWDWD
- Barcelona: WLWWW