Preview - Sevilla vs Barcelona 01 April 2018

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Match Day 30
Sevilla vs Barcelona
Sunday, April 1st, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán

Last five matches form: W W L W L
Average goals per match: 1.3
Average goals against per match: 1.5
Top Scorer: Luis Muriel, Wissam Ben Yedder and Pablo Sarabia (6)

Last five matches form: D W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.6
Average goals against per match: 0.4
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (25)

The big game in La Liga this week - at least in terms of the quality of teams on show - comes at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán as sixth placed Sevilla welcome champions elect Barcelona.

Whilst for Barcelona this years La Liga title looks to now be a formality, they do still need to maintain their concentration until the title is officially in the bag. It is however possible that they may be a little distracted by next week's Champions League quarter final against Roma.

Similar comments however apply to Sevilla who whilst in the midst of a three way tussle with Girona and Real Betis for the final Europa League spot, have also enjoyed an excellent Champions League run to the quarters themselves, and face the mighty Bayern Munich in midweek.

The suspended Pablo Sarabia is the main doubt for the home side. Barcelona welcome Luis Suarez back to the line-up but are waiting on the fitness of Lionel Messi who sat out Argentina's recent matches with a slight complaint. With the Champions League looming though, Messi surely won't be risked should there be any doubt about his fitness.

Slightly distracted or not. Barcelona do still have their unbeaten La Liga record to protect and with or without Messi should just about do enough to grab the three points here.

Prediction: Sevilla 1 - 2 Barcelona


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots: 21 - 20
Shots on target: 6 - 9
Corner Kicks: 5 - 9
Possession: 40% - 60%

Two bookings here, both for the home side with Gabriel Mercado and Sergio Rico feeling the wrath of referee Jose Luis Gonzalez.

A cracking encounter at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán with a whopping 41 attempts at goal. For a long time this match looked like marking the end of Barcelona's unbeaten run in La Liga. In the end though Barcelona came away with a point, but only just. No prizes for guessing the name of the man who saved the day.

Barcelona started the brighter of the two sides, but Sevilla were just about on top at the time of the opening goal in the 36th minute. Incisive passing down the left-hand side cutting Barca open and allowing Joaquin Correa to find Franco Vazquez unmarked in the six yard box. Vazquez couldn't miss, and didn't.

Barca should have been level going in to the break. Gerard Pique finding himself unmarked at the far post with goal gaping, only to miss the ball with both feet and eventually fire wide with his backside. Oh dear Gerard!

Soon after half-time Barca's unbeaten record was seriously under threat. Marc-Andre ter Stegen did well to palm away a Sergio Escudero effort from inside the box, but could do nothing when the ball fell to Luis Muriel who calmly slotted into the bottom left corner. 2-0 and that's the way it stayed all the way until the 88th minute.

Lionel Messi had been hauled off the bench in the 58th minute to attempt to retrieve the situation but it took a while for him to make an impact. It was Luis Suarez who gave Barca some hope in the 88th minute, muscling in on a corner from the right to smash in from close range.

Then came Messi's moment. Philippe Coutinho's cutback from the right overshooting the box but finding the little Argentine running onto the ball around 25 yards from goal. One curled finish into the bottom left corner later and we were all square. Final score 2-2.

Barcelona remain well clear at the top of the table. Should Atletico beat Deportivo as expected tomorrow, the gap will still stand at a surely insurmountable nine points.

Sevilla cling on to sixth spot for now, but should Real Betis win at Getafe in the last of the Match Day 30 fixtures they will be bumped down to seventh on goal difference.

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