Barcelona vs Sevilla
KICK OFF: Saturday 20th Oct 2018 | 20:45 CET
LA LIGA wk9 |CAMP NOU
What a match? Sevilla on top of the table and Barca languishing in second. Can Los Rojiblancos, Messi and Co. to shoot Barca to the top?
It’s now four league games without a win for champions Barcelona. Ernesto Valverde will have enough time to iron out Barca’s problems during the international break. Fortunately, he has many of his regular starters available including Leo Messi, Suarez, Alba, Umtiti and Pique, who are exempt from international duties.
There’s a need to shut the floodgates, having leaked seven goals in their last five games. These numbers resulted in the absence of Umtiti, and if he returns to face Sevilla, then Barca and especially Pique will breathe easy. The Spanish defender has made three errors leading to goals this season, costing Barca five points, and so Umtiti’s presence will be a huge boost defensively.
In contrast, Sevilla has been banging in goals recently, and they can take advantage of Barca’s lack of form. Furthermore, Andre Silva and Ben Yedder are on fire at the moment, and it looks certain that at least one of them may get on the scoresheet in Camp Nou.
That said, backing Barca to come out on top in a high-scoring clash looks the best bet.
Key Match Facts
- Barcelona has conceded in all their last seven league games.
- Sevilla has scored two or more goals in each of their last four league matches.
Result Prediction: Barcelona win
Score Prediction: Over 3.5 match goals