Preview - Sevilla vs Barcelona 23 February 19

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Feb 23, 2019, 05:38 AM Last Edit: Feb 23, 2019, 05:42 AM by Harry85
Match Day 25
Sevilla  vs. Barcelona
Saturday, February 23rd 2019
23:15pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium

Last five matches form: L W L D L
Average goals per match: 1.58
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Wissam Ben Yedder (11)

Last five matches form: W W D D W
Average goals per match: 2.54
Average goals against per match: 0.96
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (22)

Barcelona are well on track to retaining their La Liga title having now opened up a seven-point gap at the top of the table. They have had a dip or two along the way, but none of the sides in behind have really been able to mount a sustained challenge. They do face one of their toughest remaining tests this weekend though as they travel to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to take on fourth placed Sevilla.

These two sides are pretty familiar with each other this season and will be having their fifth meeting of the campaign here. Barcelona have won three of the previous four, with Sevilla's sole success coming here in the Copa Del Rey. Barca ran riot in this game last season, coming away with a 5-0 win.

Sergio Escudero and Nolito are out for the home side. Barcelona will be without Arthur, Jasper Cillessen and Rafinha.

Sevilla have largely been struggling of late with just the one win in their past eight in La Liga. They do remain a very good side here at home though, with just the one defeat in 12. They have scored two or more in seven of their last nine games here.

Barcelona are in the midst of a possible league winning run at present and arrive here unbeaten in their past twelve. They have lost just the once on their travels this season, but were held to a goalless draw at Athletic Bilbao recently, and also at Lyon in the Champions League.

It's hard to envisage Barca failing to score for a third successive game on the road . They certainly won't have it all their own way here, but we will take them to outgun their hosts in the end.

Prediction: Sevilla 2 - 3 Barcelona


Half time:  2 - 1
Full time: 2 - 4
Shots:  13 - 17
Shots on target: 4 - 8
Corner Kicks: 3 - 8
Possession: 40% - 60%

Marko Rog, Maximilian Wober, Franco Vazquez, Simon Kjaer, Pablo Sarabia and Roque Mesa were all booked on what was an ill-disciplined afternoon for the home side. Gerard Pique was the only Barcelona player to have his name taken by referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz.

Sevilla opened the scoring here when taking the lead in the 22nd minute. Hitting Barca on the counter Wisam Ben Yedder played in Jesus Navas in the right of the area. Smart finish from Navas into the bottom left.

The equaliser arrived just four minutes later. Lovely passing move ending with Ivan Rakitic crossing from the left and Lionel Messi smashing a superb volley into the top left from around 14 yards in a central area.

Three minutes before the break though the home side regained the lead. A poor clearance from Marc-Andre Ter Stegen putting Barcelona in trouble. Pablo Sarabia played in on the right and cutting the ball back to Gabriel Mercado who finished into the bottom left from just outside the right corner of the six-yard box. 2-1 at the break.

Barca restored parity once again in the 67th minute. Messi again. This time found just outside the area by Ousmane Dembélé. His first touch taking him just inside the box to the right of centre, his second sending the ball into the top right corner. Great finish.

Five minutes from time the little magician bagged his hattrick. Carles Aleñá's shot from range being deflected into his path and Messi dinking the ball over keeper Simon Vaclik and in from seven yards.

Barca then made sure of the points in the third minute of stoppage time. Messi lofting the ball into the path of Luis Suarez in the left of the area and Suarez dinking the ball over the keeper on the volley and into the right-hand side. 2-4 final score.

Barcelona stay top and seven points clear of nearest pursuers Atlético Madrid. Sevilla slip down a spot to fifth, two points behind fourth placed Getafé.

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