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Barcelona vs Sevilla, La Liga: Team News, Match Preview

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The champions start a huge week of football with a game against the league leaders

Valencia CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

FC Barcelona (2nd, 15pts) vs Sevilla (1st, 16pts)

Competition/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 9

Barcelona Outs and Doubts: Samuel Umtiti, Malcom, Thomas Vermaelen, Denis Suarez, Sergi Samper, Carles Aleñá (out)

Sevilla Outs and Doubts: Maxime Gonalons, Ibrahim Amadou (out), Sergio Escudero, Gabriel Mercado (doubt)

Date/Time: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 8.45pm CET (Barcelona), 7.45pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 2.45pm ET, 11.45am PT (USA), 12.15am IST (India, Sunday)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Eleven Sports 1 (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), others

This has been a very weird Barcelona season. The team started with six straight wins and have won two fantastic Champions League matches so far. But a run of four games without a win in La Liga leaves this team loaded with questions.

To make things tougher, Saturday’s game against league leaders Sevilla starts what could be the biggest week of the season for Barça, with a massive Champions League clash with Inter Milan and El Clásico against Real Madrid all to be played within the next seven days.

Lose all three, and Ernesto Valverde may lose his job. Win all three, all the questions are answered. But Sevilla are on fire right now, and Barça must be at their absolute best to have a real shot at winning. Can they do it? We’ll find out.


Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suárez, Coutinho

Sevilla (3-5-2): Vaclik; Carriço, Kjaer, Gómez; Navas, Sarabia, Banega, Vázquez, Arana; André Silva, Ben Yedder


I have no idea with this team, but I’ll try one anyway: 2-1 Barça? Maybe? Again, no idea.