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

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The leaders travel to a very difficult place needing three points before two giant games in a row at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Sevilla v FC Barcelona - Copa del Rey Quarter Final Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Sevilla FC (4th, 37pts) vs FC Barcelona (1st, 54pts)


Competition/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 25

Barcelona Outs & Doubts: Arthur, Thomas Vermaelen, Jasper Cillessen, Rafinha, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Jean-Clair Todibo, Sergi Samper (out)

Sevilla Outs & Doubts: Nolito, Sergio Escudero (out), Daniel Carriço, Jesús Navas, Maxime Gonalons, Joris Gnagnon (doubt)

Date/Time: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am ET, 7.15am PT (USA), 8.45pm IST (India)

Venue: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (OH BOY)

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA, Canada, Spain), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), others

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


If you’re a Barcelona fan, it’s impossible not to think about the two consecutive trips to the Santiago Bernabéu to play El Clásico against Real Madrid in both the Copa del Rey and La Liga coming up next week. We might be on our way to a fifth straight cup final and then eliminate our biggest rivals from title contention in the league, but we might also be out of the Cup and then lose at the weekend and see the title race blown wide open.

Anything could happen in Madrid next week, but it’d be a HUGE mistake to forget this weekend. Barça face an incredibly difficult trip to Seville to face Sevilla, and although the Rojiblancos have lost four of their last six in the league and got destroyed 6-1 at Camp Nou last month, they also beat Barça 2-0 at the same Pizjuán stadium where they’ll play on Saturday.

Ernesto Valverde has to and probably will rotate his squad with the Real Madrid games in mind, and resting Lionel Messi is a must. But the changes cannot be an excuse; Barça have to win to stay seven points clear at the top before the Clásicos come. This is the start of a giant week for the champions, and they must play like it.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Murillo, Umtiti, Alba; Aleñá, Rakitic, Vidal; Malcom, Suárez, Coutinho

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


PREDICTION

I still believe Luis Suárez will have a game this seaosn where he tells everyone to shut up and shows he’s still a monster, so I will predict this will be that game: 3-1 Barça, Suárez hat-trick.