The final fixture of the fifth round of the 2020/21 La Liga season will take place at the Camp Nou stadium on Sunday where Barcelona will face this year’s UEFA Super Cup runners-up Sevilla.
Football Today – La Liga 2020/21
Barcelona vs Sevilla
Date: Sunday, 04 October 2020
Kick-Off: 20:00 UK time
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona
For both teams, this is going to be only their third match of the season so far. Due to the European encounters in August, both Barcelona and Sevilla were given an extended rest period which delayed the start to their 2020/21 La Liga campaign.
The Sunday match-up will be a first real test for both sides in this La Liga season, with neither Barca nor Sevilla having played any of last season’s top 4 teams yet. There are no doubts that Ronald Koeman’s men will be the main favourites, together with Real Madrid, to lift the La Liga title at the end of the season. Nonetheless, after winning yet another Europa League title and only narrowly missing out on the UEFA Super Cup against Bayern, Sevilla may not hide their ambitions to fight for the La Liga crown as well.
Recent form - Barcelona
Barca’s newly appointed manager Ronald Koeman had an impressive start to the 2020/21 La Liga campaign. Last year’s runners-up faced the fifth-placed Villareal in the opening match of the new season. Four first-half goals, including two from Barca’s newest wonder boy Anssumane Fati, secured Blaugrana a convincing 4-0 victory.
The Catalans maintained their one hundred per cent start to the new season after beating Celta Vigo 3-0 on Thursday night. Fati has scored his third goal in only two matches and is currently Barca’s top scorer. With two wins out of two and seven goals scored without a reply, Barca are looking better than expected and will be aiming to prove their doubters wrong again on Sunday.
Barcelona La Liga form: WW
Recent form – Sevilla
Sevilla have started the 2020/21 La Liga campaign on a front foot. The Andalusians faced the newcomers Cadiz FC in their first match of the new season and despite being 1-0 down for more than an hour, they managed to turn it around thanks to the goals from de Jong, El Haddadi, and Rakitic.
In their second match of the season, Sevilla welcomed Levante to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium. Despite dominating the match with 16 shots and 65% ball possession, Julien Lopetegui’s side could not find the breakthrough. However, two minutes into the stoppage time, Sevilla’s efforts were rewarded after Jesus Navas’ cross successfully found Youssef En Nesyri in the box who headed it past Levante’s goalkeeper. With two wins out of two, Sevilla will be heading into Sunday’s match full of confidence.
Sevilla La Liga form: WW
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Barcelona vs Sevilla – previous meetings
This will be the 37th meeting between the two teams with Barca being on the winning side 27 times (75% win ratio). In contrast, Sevilla’s record against their Sunday opponents is much worse, having won only 4 matches out of 36 played so far (11% win ratio). The remaining five fixtures ended in a draw (11% of total matches).
The last time the two teams met was back in June at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium. Both sides failed to score throughout the 90 minutes ending a match in a goalless draw. Sevilla’s last victory against Barca came in January 2019 when two second-half goals from Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder sealed a 2-0 win for the hosts. However, it was Sevilla’s only victory from the last 10 matches against Barca - losing the other seven and drawing one.
On average, there have been 3.69 goals scored in the previous meetings between the two teams. Additionally, Barca have been averaging 2.5 goals at home with Sevilla scoring on average 1.7 goals when playing away. Contrarily, on average, Barca have been conceding more goals at home (1.6) than Sevilla away (0.7). However, Sevilla have kept a clean sheet in only 8% of matches against Barca.
Barcelona vs Sevilla – team news and predicted line-ups
Koeman will be without his number one goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen who will be out for the next couple of months with a knee injury.
Martin Braithwaite has suffered a thigh injury in training and is unlikely to feature with Samuel Umtiti also a doubt for the game lacking match fitness. However, Clement Lenglet’s red card received in a game against Celta Vigo might force Koeman to take drastic action and play Umtiti despite the Frenchman not being fully fit.
Barcelona possible XI (4-3-3): Neto, Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Busquets, de Jong, Fati, Coutinho, Griezmann, Messi.
Sevilla have more or less fully fit squad for their trip to Camp Nou with Pablo Perez (muscle injury) and Carlos Fernandez Luna (physical discomfort) being the only absentees.
Sevilla possible XI (4-3-3): Bono, Navas, Kounde, Diego Carlos, Escudero, Rakitic, Fernando, Jordan, Ocampos, El Haddadi, de Jong.
Will Messi be Barca’s main man this season?
The speculation surrounding Lionel Messi and his future has been at the front page of every newspaper. The 33-year-old Argentine has publicly admitted that he is not happy with the club president Josep Bartomeu and asked for permission to leave the Catalan capital after spending 15 years at the club.
However, to the relief of millions of Barca fans worldwide, Messi decided to stay at least for one more season. It can only be good news as Messi’s playing form and physical condition do not show any signs of stopping with the Argentine scoring 33 goals (0.78 avg. per game) and assisting 26 (0.66 avg. per game) times in all competitions last season.
After Luis Suarez was sold to Atletico Madrid, Messi will be an even more important figure in Barca’s attack and will be expected to produce yet another 30 goals and assists season.
Football match predictions
Barcelona 2-1 Sevilla