Sevilla have started poorly this season, with two defeats and a draw, and they will be looking to turn their form around when they host in-form Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday at 20:00 GMT.
With Sevilla looking for their first win of the season, Barcelona will be looking to make it three straight La Liga victories after their opening day 0-0 draw against Rayo Vallecano.
Can Sevilla get off the Mark with a Win against Barcelona?
Having picked a solitary point this season, in the 1-1 home draw against Valladolid, Sevilla will be looking to cause an upset against an in-form Barcelona side on Saturday.
Sevilla have conceded five goals while scoring three in their opening three La Liga outings; Julen Lopetegui will be looking to tighten his defense ahead of facing Barcelona.
Sevilla’s defense will be especially important because they will be facing a Barcelona attack led by Robert Lewandowski who has demonstrated his penchant for scoring goals in La Liga already.
Lopetegui will also be concerned with his attack; if they are to start winning matches, they have to make their attack work.
Can Barcelona Make it Three Wins on the Trot in La Liga?
After the opening-day draw, Barcelona settled well into the La Liga season early on; they have won two matches on the bounce plundering eight goals and conceding just once.
Xavi Hernandez will be looking to retain the momentum of his side, especially after the closure of the transfer window on Thursday. He will be looking to ensure his squad are settled and focused on performance.
Xavi will not underestimate Sevilla; even though they are going through a tough start to the season. The Blaugrana will be keen to keep pace with the top of the table by winning on Saturday.
Sevilla opened the season with a surprising 2-1 loss at Osasuna. Despite falling behind in the 9th minute, they equalized in the 11th minute through Rafa Mir. However, they conceded a penalty, which was converted in the 74th minute to hand them an opening-day defeat.
Their second match ended in a 1-1 draw at home to Valladolid, with both teams having a man sent off.
Sevilla also lost their third match away to Almeria, with the match ending 2-1 in favor of the home side. Despite taking the lead through Oliver Torres, Almeria hit back in the 42nd and 55th minutes to earn a victory.
Xavi’s Barcelona began the season with a frustrating 0-0 score line at home to Rayo Vallecano, with the Blaugrana finishing the match with ten men after Sergio Busquests was sent off in the 93rd minute.
In their second match, Barcelona demolished Real Sociedad 1-4 to take their first three points and return to winning ways in emphatic fashion. Despite falling behind in the 6th minute, Barcelona hit back with Lewandowski’s brace and goals from Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati to ensure victory.
The Blaugrana won their third match in front of home fans in a 4-0 route against Valladolid last weekend.
Xavi will be looking to retain the form, momentum, and feeling around the club when they face Sevilla on Saturday.
Possible Starting Lineups
Bono; A. Telles, K. Rekik, T. Nianzou, J. Navas; Fernando, J. Jordan; Oliver, Papu Gomez; E. Lamela, R. Mir
M. ter Stegen; J. Kounde, R. Araujo, E. Garcia, A. Balde; Gavi, S. Busquets, Pedri; Raphinha, R. Lewandowski, O. Dembele
Players to Watch
The 25-year-old Spaniard has one goal in three appearances for Sevilla this season. His performances have been welcome sparks even as the team ones have fallen below par.
Mir will be important in the clash with Barcelona as Lopetegui seeks to dig his side from their current bad form with a win against in-form Barcelona.
His work rate, intensity, pressing, and goal scoring are important aspects for Sevilla. He also links up well with other Sevilla attackers, which helps in creating chances and posing threats to opposing defenses.
Mir will be one of the first names on the team sheet ahead of the clash with the Blaugrana on Saturday.
Having scored four goals in three appearances for Barcelona, Lewandowski has announced himself to Barcelona and La Liga fans. His presence up front has given Barcelona an added dimension to their game.
Apart from his goal-scoring exploits, the 34-year-old Polish international has also displayed leadership, link-up play, and creativity in his play. These attributes make him an important cog in Xavi’s machine.
Lewandowski will be important in the clash with a Sevilla side that is likely to be compact and solid in their approach, making life difficult for Barcelona.
Sevilla will approach this match with considerable pragmatism. Given their current form, they are likely to prioritize solidity over expansive football. They will be compact and difficult to break down.
Barcelona will seek to be at their expansive best with the dominance of the ball, territory, pressing, and creating chances.
Barcelona are in good form, and therefore, are likely to win this match and take the three points.
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