Current La Liga champion Barcelona will host the current table-topper Sevilla on Saturday. The whole world is waiting for a thrilling contest from these two sides because both of these sides are highly capable of providing such games.
Currently, considering their forms, both teams are standing on the different side of a coin. Probably, Barcelona is facing a hard time of this season. They are having a winless run in their last 4 La Liga games. Contrariwise, Sevilla has won all of their last 5 La Liga games including an impressive 3-0 victory over the current European champion Real Madrid.
The Catalans had a disappointing 1-1 away draw at Valencia in their last league fixture. Obviously, once again Leonel Messi came out as their saviour. He earned a point for his with a late equalizer after falling behind only in the second minute of the match.
Surprisingly, Ernesto Valverde’s men have been really poor in their recent weeks. Among their winless last 4 games, they have 3 draws and a defeat against table’s number 18 Liganes.
Though Barca striker Luis Suarez has an issue with his knee, his performance against Sevilla in the recent past was something really noticeable. He scored 7 goals in last 10 games against Sevilla. So, Barca expecting him to be fit for this weekend clash.
Despite some stunning performances from the forwards, Barca’s leaky defence is bumping them harshly in the recent weeks. Perhaps, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is badly missing Samuel Umtiti at the back. But Valverde has to ensure the flawlessness of Barca defence on the counter without this Frenchman for the next two months or so.
At the moment, Los Rojiblancos are topping the league table with 16 points, 1 point ahead of Barca. So far, they have a fantastic successive performance from the start of this season. Though, Real Madrid and Barcelona’s below-par performance helped them a bit. But undeniably, they have got the calibre to do so.
Pablo Machin’s men are enjoying their moments on the pitch right now. Their victory over Real Madrid was something really exceptional. They way they have crashed Madrid’s defence often in that match, you have to consider Sevilla for the league title till the end.
Actually, Ben Yedder and Andre Silva have been the main craftsmen behind Sevilla’s remarkable start of the season. So far, this combination has scored 12 goals in this season. Full Sevilla unit is hoping them to fire up once again and claim another major scalp on the go. Barca’s defence has to watch out them carefully.
Throughout the history of these two’s encounters, Barcelona has been the dominating side in most of the occasions. Barca claimed 35 victories while losing only 11 matches against Sevilla in 57 previous matches.
* Barcelona have won 9 out of last 10 matches against Sevilla. (In all competitions)
* Barcelona have won 11 out of their last 15 home matches in La Liga.
* Barcelona’s Luis Suarez has 7 goals in last 10 appearances against Sevilla. (In all competitions)
* Sevilla have scored at least 1 goal in 5 of their last 6 away games.