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Mar 29, 2018
Mar 29, 2018

La Liga preview: Sevilla vs. Barcelona

Sevilla vs. Barcelona odds

Inform your Sevilla vs. Barcelona prediction

Analysing the Sevilla vs. Barcelona stats

La Liga preview: Sevilla vs. Barcelona

Sevilla play Barcelona in this weekend’s highlight La Liga match. Looking for value in the Sevilla vs. Barcelona odds? Read on to inform your Sevilla vs. Barcelona prediction.

A close look at the Sevilla vs. Barcelona odds

Barcelona are on their way to the La Liga title and are expected to win this game despite playing away from home. The odds imply a greater than 50% chance of a Barca win.

Sevilla have slipped to sixth in La Liga but are expected to run Barca close. The home side are 1.709* favourites on the +1 handicap.

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Sevilla vs. Barcelona stats: What you need to know

Time: Saturday March 31, 19:45 GMT kickoff

Venue: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium

Team news:

Sevilla: Sevilla will still be without long-term absentees Jesús Navas and Daniel Carriço (injury). Pablo Sarabia will miss this game through suspension.

Barcelona: Lionel Messi and Andre Ter Stergen are recovering from minor injuries but should be fit to play. Nelson Semedo and Sergio Busquets are expected to return to the matchday squad after absence through injury.

  • Sevilla’s La Liga home record: eight wins, three draws, three losses
  • Barcelona’s away record in La Liga: 11 wins, four draws, no losses
  • Barca are undefeated in La Liga this season
  • The home side have lost three of their last five La Liga games
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in seven of Barcelona’s last eight La Liga matches

Inform your Sevilla vs. Barcelona prediction

Sevilla welcome Barcelona to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium with Tuesday’s Champions League first leg against Bayern Munich fast approaching.

The hosts are now 15 points away from La Liga’s Champions League qualifying positions. They increasingly have little to play for in the league other than securing a spot in next year’s Europa League. As a result, they may prioritise potential progress in the Champions League over their remaining La Liga fixtures.

Barcelona are in a similar situation. The Catalans have all but secured the league title with nine games to spare. Their Champions League tie against AS Roma begins on Wednesday and Barca are contenders to win the competition.

As a result, it would not be surprising to see both teams rest players. Barcelona have several players nursing minor injuries, including key men like Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets. They will be wary of risking vital players ahead of the Champions League run in.

Likewise, Sevilla will need to be at full strength to take on Bayern. They will know a game against this dominant Barca side is likely to be a tiring one for their star men. Sevilla will already be without joint-top scorer Pablo Sarabia due to suspension and may opt to rest the likes of Ever Banega and Steven N’Zonzi.

Sevilla vs. Barcelona: Where is the value?

Whilst seven of Barcelona’s last eight La Liga games have seen under 2.5 goals, the chance of an understrength Sevilla side taking the field could lead to increased opportunities for the visitors. Bettors should watch for team news since the appearance of Messi, in particular, could have an effect on the game.

Phillipe Coutinho is ineligible for the Champions League so he is very likely to feature prominently for Barca. He has the quality to unlock the Sevilla defence regardless of whether the likes of Messi and Busquets start the game.

Odds of 1.641* on over 2.5 goals to be scored in the match could offer value if Sevilla have their minds on Tuesday night. Barcelona can be ruthless and any fringe players that make an appearance will want to press their case for a start against Roma.

Sevilla were in poor form prior to the international break, suffering defeats to Valencia and Leganes, and were on the receiving end of five goals from Barca’s closest rivals, Atletico Madrid, the last time the played a team of such quality.

Odds of 2.270* on the Barcelona -1 handicap should be inviting to bettors considering how weak Sevilla have looked on occasions this season. This is especially true since an opening goal for Barca may see the home side substitute key players early in preparation for Tuesday night.

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