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September 29, 2012 9:00 PM BST
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán — Sevilla
Referee:‬ Antonio Mateu‎
Attendance:‬ 40000‎
 

Sevilla – Barcelona Preview: High-flying Blaugrana target sixth straight Liga win

Tito Vilanova’s side will look to maintain their eight-point lead over arch-rivals Real Madrid heading into next weekend’s Clasico showdown at Camp Nou

By Karthick Arvinth

Alex Song - FC Barcelona
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SEVILLA

Palop
Cicinho, Botia, Spahic, Navarro
Medel, Maduro
Navas, Rakitic, Trochowski
Negredo
BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Song, Mascherano, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Sanchez


Sevilla are set to welcome back Diego Perotti and Jose Antonio Reyes for Saturday’s Primera Division clash with Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

The duo returned from calf and shoulder injuries respectively to play in a charity match on Tuesday, and will likely be named on the bench.

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is expected to travel to Andalusia after recovering from a hamstring problem, but defenders Gerard Pique (ankle) and Carles Puyol (knee) are still out.

Alex Song and Javier Mascherano are expected to continue their partnership in central defence despite the availability of young defenders Marc Bartra and Andreu Fontas.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sevilla are unbeaten in La Liga with three wins and two draws in their five matches so far.
  • The Andalusian side have won their last three home games with an aggregate score of 8-3.
  • With just two goals conceded thus far, Sevilla boast the joint-best defensive record in the league along with Malaga.
  • Barcelona are the only side to maintain a 100 per cent record in the Primera Division.
  • If they win on Saturday, the Catalans will equal their best ever start to a Liga campaign.
  • Goals from Xavi (pictured right) and Lionel Messi handed a 2-0 win to Barca in this corresponding fixture last season.


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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Feb 9, 2014 Sevilla 1 - FC Barcelona 4
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Sep 14, 2013 FC Barcelona 3 - Sevilla 2
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Feb 23, 2013 FC Barcelona 2 - Sevilla 1
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Sep 29, 2012 Sevilla 2 - FC Barcelona 3
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Mar 17, 2012 Sevilla 0 - FC Barcelona 2
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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
25Andrés PalopGoalkeeper
3Fernando NavarroDefender
5Emir SpahicDefender
2CicinhoDefender
3BotíaDefender
15Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
8Gary MedelMidfielder
11Ivan RakiticMidfielder
12Hedwiges MaduroMidfielder
15Piotr TrochowskiMidfielder
9NegredoStriker
25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
2Federico Julián FazioDefender
16CampañaDefender
14LunaDefender
-Geoffrey KondogbiaMidfielder
14Manu Del MoralStriker
-Baba DiawaraStriker
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
9Alexis SánchezStriker
10MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
15BartraDefender
2MontoyaDefender
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
24Sergi RobertoMidfielder
9David VillaStriker
20TelloStriker
Players to Watch
Jesús Navas González
Jesús Navas González
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Spain international has been a key performer in Sevilla’s unbeaten start to the season, terrorising defenders with his searing pace down the right flank. Navas’s speed and crossing ability will be crucial as Los Rojiblancos set about securing their first home Liga win over Barcelona since 2007.
Alex Song
Alex Song
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
17 0 1 0
The former Arsenal midfielder has made a promising start to his career in Catalonia, with his assured performances in midfield and at the back impressing the Camp Nou faithful. However, Saturday promises to be the sternest test yet, as he comes up against a side that has excelled at counterattacking football.
Prediction

After a couple of tepid draws, Sevilla appear to be clicking into gear with a good balance to their side. However, they face a huge examination of their credentials against Barcelona, who have the ability to carve chances at will.

Editor's Prediction
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0