Barcelona appears to be like to increase its profitable run to 3 video games when it hosts Sevilla on Sunday, in one of many highlights of this weekend’s motion in La Liga.
The Catalans and the Andalusians each sit on 13 factors after seven video games, two adrift of league leaders Real Madrid and a degree behind Granada and Atletico Madrid, who at present occupy second spot.
After a stuttering begin that noticed it lose twice within the first two video games, Barcelona has received back-to-back video games for the primary time in La Liga this season, beating Villarreal at dwelling 2-1 and profitable 2-Zero away at Getafe within the house of 10 days.
The defending La Liga champions have sorely lacked consistency to date this season and a 3rd consecutive win would go some solution to handle the problem.
Injuries have been a significant factor in Barcelona’s considerably sluggish begin to the season, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele all lacking video games earlier within the marketing campaign.
The trio have now returned to health—with Messi recovering from an extra harm setback—however the harm disaster has now transferred to the protection.
Against Sevilla, Ernesto Valverde will likely be with out center-back Samuel Umtiti and full-backs Junior Firpo and Jordi Alba, who’re all injured. Valverde has been pressured to subject a makeshift backline just about in each recreation to date, a serious contributing think about Barcelona protecting only one clear sheet in seven league video games.
The Catalans, who beat Inter Milan 2-1 within the Champions League on Wednesday, have already conceded 10 targets in La Liga this season, three greater than the closest group among the many top-seven.
At the identical time, there are causes for optimism forward of the weekend, as Barcelona has received every of its 4 video games at dwelling this season and Sevilla final averted defeat on the Nou Camp within the 2011-12 season.
After a blistering begin to the season, the Andalusians misplaced at dwelling to Real Madrid after which squandered a 2-Zero aim result in lose 3-2 away at Eibar within the following recreation.
Last week’s 3-2 win in opposition to Real Sociedad coupled with Thursday’s 1-Zero win in opposition to Apoel Nicosia within the Europa League, nevertheless, has restored some confidence in Julen Lopetegui’s group.
Almost precisely a 12 months in the past, the previous Spain coach was fired by Real Madrid after a thumping 5-1 defeat by the hands of Barcelona. Winning on the Nou Camp would show the sweetest of revenges.
Here’s the whole lot it’s worthwhile to know forward of Sunday.
When and the place is the sport?
Barcelona hosts Sevilla on the Nou Camp on Sunday, October 6, with kick-off scheduled for 9 p.m. native time (Three p.m. ET).
Barcelona has received six of the final seven league video games in opposition to Sevilla, who final received on the Nou Camp within the 2002-03 season.
The recreation will likely be broadcast stay on beIN SPORTS.
A stay stream will likely be out there through beIN Sports web site and beIN Sports’ digital platforms, in addition to through fuboTV.
Barcelona moved as much as fourth with a 2-Zero win away in opposition to Getafe final weekend, courtesy of targets from Luis Suarez and Junior Firpo. With 13 factors from seven video games, the Catalans are two factors behind league leaders Real Madrid and stage on factors with Sevilla and Real Sociedad.
The two met in Sevilla final week, with the hosts snapping a two-game dropping streak with a 3-2 win.
Barcelona might need to subject a makeshift backline, with Clement Lenglet suspended and Samuel Umtiti nonetheless out injured. Jordi Alba and Junior Firpo are additionally doubts after lacking coaching on Thursday.
According to Oddschecker, Barcelona is a 13/25 favourite, whereas the draw is at 18/5 and Sevilla is a 53/10 underdog.