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  • February 23, 2013
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Barcelona-Sevilla Preview: Catalan giants look to recover from Milan defeat

Barcelona-Sevilla Preview: Catalan giants look to recover from Milan defeat

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The Blaugrana suffered a disastrous result in the Champions League in midweek and will have to regroup quickly for the visit of Unai Emery's side on Saturday

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba
Thiago, Song, Fabregas
Sanchez, Messi, Villa

SEVILLA

Beto
Coke, Fazio, Botia, Navarro
Maduro, Kondogbia
Navas, Hervas, Manu
Diawara

Barcelona forward David Villa has recovered from kidney stones and could start against Sevilla at Camp Nou.

Defender Adriano remains a doubt with a hamstring problem, while Eric Abidal has been declared fit for the first time since undergoing a liver transplant last April.

Assistant coach Jordi Roura will rest some of the players who featured in the 2-0 defeat at AC Milan, with back-to-back clashes against Real Madrid coming up over the next week.

Sevilla boss Unai Emery is also likely to rotate his squad in order to prioritise Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid.

Andres Palop, Cicinho, Diego Perotti and Piotr Trochowski are all out injured, while Emir Spahic is suspended.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona have only won two of their last five matches in all competitions (W2, D2, L1).
  • The Catalan giants are on a 21-match unbeaten run at Camp Nou across all competitions.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured, right) has scored in a record 14 consecutive Liga games.
  • Sevilla are on a nine-match winless run away from home in La Liga (D2, L7).
  • Los Nervionenses have lost six of their last eight Liga meetings with Barcelona.
  • Sevilla's last away win at Barca was a 3-0 success in December 2002.

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Available Squads
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
3PiquéDefender
2MontoyaDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
25Alex SongMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
9Alexis SánchezStriker
10MessiStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
15BartraDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
6XaviMidfielder
5BusquetsMidfielder
7PedroStriker
37TelloStriker
-BetoGoalkeeper
2Federico Julián FazioDefender
3Fernando NavarroDefender
23CokeDefender
-BotíaDefender
15Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
24Gary MedelMidfielder
4Ivan RakiticMidfielder
8Hedwiges MaduroMidfielder
14Manu Del MoralStriker
9Baba DiawaraStriker
-CuestaGoalkeeper
27CalaDefender
32AlbertoDefender
28Javi HervásMidfielder
-Geoffrey KondogbiaMidfielder
7NegredoStriker
21ReyesStriker
Players to Watch
Messi
Messi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
3 2 0 0
The Argentina star endured a frustrating night in the Champions League as his team got smothered by a tactical masterclass from AC Milan. Messi will look to get back amongst the goals and extend his remarkable scoring streak in La Liga to 15 matches.
Jesús Navas González
Jesús Navas González
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 27-year-old winger has been linked with a big-money summer move to Manchester City after a run of consistent performances for Sevilla. Navas will be keen to add goals to his game, though, as he is yet to find the net this season.
Prediction
Saturday's match could be a low-key affair as both teams will have one eye on their midweek Copa del Rey semi-final ties. Sevilla will have to produce something special at Camp Nou to derail Barcelona, who will be out to prove a point after their lacklustre performance in Milan.
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