Sevilla FC (4th, 48pts) vs FC Barcelona (3rd, 50pts)
Competition/Round: 2020-21 La Liga, Matchday 25
Barcelona Outs & Doubts: Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Sergi Roberto, Miralem Pjanic (out)
Sevilla Outs & Doubts: Marcos Acuña, Lucas Ocampos (out)
Date/Time: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am ET, 7.15am PT (USA), 8.45pm IST (India)
Venue: Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain
Referee: Alejandro Jose Hernández Hernández (OH NO)
VAR: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (OH DEAR LORD)
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), Not Available (India), others
Following a comfortable victory over Elche to get back to winning ways in La Liga, Barcelona are back in action for another huge league game, this time at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán against Sevilla.
This is a third versus fourth battle, and as much as we’d all hope to see Barça fighting for the title the truth is they must focus on guaranteeing Champions League football for next season. Being in the Top 3 without trouble is key, and if they beat Sevilla away they’ll open up a five-point gap to their rivals and take a big step towards finishing at least third.
But it obviously won’t be easy. Sevilla away is always a tough game for any La Liga team, and this has been a really good season for them under Julen Lopetegui. These are the two hottest teams in the league: with Sevilla having won their last six in Barça coming in on a 14-game unbeaten streak with eight wins in their last nine.
These teams faced off earlier in February in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final, and Sevilla cruised to a 2-0 win at the Pizjuán in what was a very flat performance from Barça. The second leg takes place next week, so these two will face off twice in four days. Barça’s best shot at a trophy is the Cup so they will no doubt be looking ahead to Wednesday, and winning this one will be a big confidence boost ahead of that game.
Sevilla are healthy and confident and have a really good defense, but Barça have played well enough in the league since the start of 2021 to give us hope for a good performance and three big points. They haven’t played well in any big game this season, and two giant ones against the same tough opponent are ahead.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Dest, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembélé, Messi, Griezmann
Sevilla (4-3-3): Bounou; Navas, Koundé, Carlos, Escudero; Rakitic, Fernando, Jordán; Munir, En-Nesyri, Gómez
Sevilla away is never not brutal, but I see Barça responding to that Copa loss to keep the run going: 2-1 to the good guys.