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
Cicinho, Botia, Spahic, Navarro
Navas, Rakitic, Trochowski
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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Top 3 Predictions
Sevilla 1-3 FC Barcelona
- 19.88 %
Sevilla 0-3 FC Barcelona
- 11.63 %
Sevilla 1-2 FC Barcelona
- 9.57 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Sep 14, 2013||FC Barcelona 3 - Sevilla 2|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Feb 23, 2013||FC Barcelona 2 - Sevilla 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Sep 29, 2012||Sevilla 2 - FC Barcelona 3|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Mar 17, 2012||Sevilla 0 - FC Barcelona 2|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Oct 22, 2011||FC Barcelona 0 - Sevilla 0|
|Dec 1, 2013||Granada 1 - Sevilla 2||LIGA|
|Nov 28, 2013||Sevilla 1 - G D Estoril Praia 1||EL|
|Nov 24, 2013||Sevilla 4 - Betis 0||LIGA|
|Nov 10, 2013||Espanyol 1 - Sevilla 3||LIGA|
|Nov 7, 2013||Sevilla 1 - FC Slovan Liberec 1||EL|
|15||Jesús Navas González||Midfielder|
|25||Diego López Rodríguez||Goalkeeper|
|2||Federico Julián Fazio||Defender|
|14||Manu Del Moral||Striker|
|13||José Pinto Colorado||Goalkeeper|
|Jesús Navas González|
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.