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The pick of Sunday’s European action sees two of Spain’s best sides come head-to-head at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, and it has all the ingredients to be a classic.
Just one point separates Sevilla and Barcelona after 10 games, and both teams will be equally confident about their chances of securing a massive win. You can watch the action unfold on Bet365 from 19:45 UK time. There couldn’t be a better way to end the weekend.
Sevilla To Fire Signal Of Intent
The Europa League holders may have been brushed aside by Barcelona in the Super Cup back in August, but they’ve enjoyed a fantastic start to 2016-17 in general and continue to grow as Jorge Sampaoli stamps his authority on the team. Winning Sunday’s showdown would underline their intentions even further.
Facing Barcelona is never easy, but Sevilla have reason for optimism as the visitors are without both Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta. Meanwhile, the hosts boast plenty of quality in the form of Samir Nasri, Steven N’Zonzi, and Luciano Vietto.
Sevilla are in great form also, having won six of their last seven competitive matches including Wednesday’s easy 4-0 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb. Nobody expects the Rojiblancos to seriously challenge for the Liga crown, but they are more than capable of beating anyone on their day.
They’ll be hoping that Sunday is one of them.
Can Barca Bounce Back In Style?
Luis Enrique’s men simply weren’t good enough for the last hour of Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Manchester City, and the visitors will be expected to respond well here.
It certainly won’t be an easy task. Barcelona’s one weakness comes from a lack of squad depth, especially in the defensive areas, and that could show. However, any team with with Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez in attack will always have a good chance of winning.
Barcelona have won all four head-to-head encounters in 2016 too, so there will be no reason for them to panic. However, the pressure will be on, particularly if Real Madrid beat Leganes earlier in the day. It’ll be interesting to see how they react.
Whatever happens, it should be a thrilling battle. Let’s hope we can pick up some profit too.
Sevilla v Barcelona Betting
Even with home advantage on their side, Sevilla are the underdogs here at odds of 9/2 with Bet365. Barcelona are strong favourites at 4/7 while the draw can be backed at 10/3.
Sevilla are in great form while Barcelona have looked suspect at times, but the visitors are hardly in a crisis. This is the perfect opportunity for them to show their credentials, and they’ll be looking to their attacking stars to make it happen.
Defensive injuries may put Barcelona’s record of keeping clean sheets against Sevilla under threat, but they should have enough quality to win.
All eyes will be on the front three, but we’ll be looking at former Sevilla star Ivan Rakitic. In Iniesta’s absence, the Croat’s role will be more vital than ever.
Rakitic has already scored two league goals this season, we’re backing him to notch a third against his former club.
Barcelona to score over 2.5 goals @ 11/8 with Bet365
Ivan Rakitic to score anytime @ 10/3 with Bet365