In a battle between the top sides in Spain, Barcelona and Sevilla battle it out in what could be a title deciding match.
For Barcelona, a win is necessary to keep up with Real Madrid in first place. Currently two points behind the Galacticos, they have also played a game more, meaning for them to win the league, they need a flawless run to end the season, and hope Madrid slip up.
As for Sevilla, a win would put them level with Atletico Madrid in third. After such a strong start to the season, they have now lost ground on the two front-runners in the race for the title. Being seven points ahead of Villarreal, there is no real threat of them losing their Champions League spot. But they will be praying they can beat Atletico to third, say they can secure their place in the Champions League, rather than having to go through qualification.
In recent history, it’s fair to say that Barcelona have had Sevilla’s number in games between the two. Barca have won their last five games against them, since the Copa Del Rey final on the 22nd May 2016. Extra time goals from Jordi Alba and Neymar was enough for the Catalans to lift the trophy, despite having Javier Mascherano sent off early on.
Sevilla won’t have to worry about Alba this game, however, as Barca set up with a 3-4-3 formation, with Iniesta and Sergi Roberto on either flank in the midfield. What they may have to be worried about though is MSN. All three of Messi, Neymar and Suarez start, and with the Neymar in rejuvenated form as of late, they will have their hands full for most of the game.
The away side start Joaquín Correa up front, with Vitolo and Nasri on either flanks. Steven N’Zonzi, who has been heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp in the past, starts alongside Iborra.
Predictions – It’s hard to go against a Barcelona win, however this will be a very good game to watch. With the title all but on the line tonight, they will go out for the win, and with their front three, goals are guaranteed. Their defence is where the problems lay, and with the quality that Sevilla have not only on the pitch, but on the bench in Ben Yedder and Jovetic, I could see them grabbing a goal tonight. 3-1 Barcelona.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mascherano, Piqué, Umtiti; Roberto, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
Sevilla: Rico; Mariano, Mercado, Pareja, Lenglet, Escudero; Nasri, N’Zonzi, Iborra, Vitolo; Correa