Barcelona can cut Real Madrid’s five points lead at the top to just two points when they host Sevilla at Camp Nou this weekend in La Liga.
Inconsistency has pegged Barcelona back too many times already this season. No wonder the pressure is growing on Ernesto Valverde after each round of dissatisfactory result. It’s not a hidden secret that Valverde needs to string together a good run to enjoy some comfort in his job again.
That said, Barca are already on the recovery road having won three times in the last four league games heading into this match.
Sevilla, meanwhile, returned to winning ways last week after winning 3-2 against Real Sociedad.
Julen Lopetegui’s team can also move to 2nd on the table if they manage a win at Camp Nou, which will be Sevilla’s first on this ground in 17 years.
The La Liga match will be played between Barcelona and Sevilla at Camp Nou, in Catalonia, Spain. The ground has a capacity of 99,354.
The game will start at 12:30 AM (IST), on Monday, October 07.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Barcelona – W D L W W W
Sevilla – W W L L W W
Barcelona Team News:
Left-back Junior Firpo will miss the game due to a hamstring injury. The 23-year-old joins Samuel Umtiti in the treatment room.
Barca will be without one more centre-back in the form of Clement Lenglet. The Frenchman was sent off last weekend and will be serving a ban here.
Fan favourite returns!
Jordi Alba is back in the squad after two weeks following full recovery from a hamstring injury. The 30-year-old picked up the injury during the Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund last month, forcing him to miss five games in all competitions.
His return to the squad couldn’t have come at a better time as Junior Firpo is out injured.
Ansu Fati is also back in the squad after missing the last two games due to an injury. Though, the 16-year-old is expected to feature from the bench only due to the availability of Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, and Luis Suarez.
Barcelona squad for Sevilla match:
Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Todibo, Arthur, Suarez, Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Neto, Griezmann, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, De Jong, Vidal, Carles Perez, Ansu Fati, R. Araujo
Barcelona Probable XI:
Ter Stegen (GK), Roberto, Pique, Todibo, Semedo, Arthur, Busquets, De Jong, Griezmann, Suarez, Messi
Sevilla FC Team News:
Sevilla have no injury or suspension to contend with ahead of this game. Head coach Julen Lopetegui has all the players available for selection.
First-choice centre-back returns!
Daniel Carriço missed the last two games for Sevilla due to an injury he picked up in 3-2 win over Eibar a fortnight ago.
The 31-year-old will definitely be in contention to take his position back in the heart of the backline. If he starts, the 20-year-old Jules Koundé will be the likely player to make way for him in the playing 11.
Sevilla squad to face Barcelona:
Vaclik, Ocampos, Carrico, Nolito, Munir, Jules Koundé / Carrico, Bono, Chicharito, Pozo, Navas, Gudelj, Escudero, De Jong, Diego Carlos, Oliver Torres, Franco Vazquez, Reguilon, Jordan, Fernando, Javi Diaz
Sevilla Probable XI:
Vaclik (GK), Navas, Carlos, Kounde, Reguilon, Banega, Fernando, Jordan, Ocampos, De Jong, Nolito
Likely to score:
BAR vs SEV Dream11 potential winner:
Barcelona will start the game as favourites.