Barcelona travels to the Ramon Sanchez Stadium to face Sevilla as they seek to close the gap between them and the top four in the La Liga table.


Sevilla has been impressive on home turf this season. They have won seven of their eight home games only slipping up in a 2-2 draw against Alaves. Julen Lopetegui’s side have already dispatched the likes of Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Espanyol, while they have netted at least two goals in every home La Liga outing, except a 1-0 victory over Villarreal. Sevilla had been on course to draw 1-1 with Atletico Madrid in their last La Liga outing before Lucas Ocampos scored the winner in the 88th minute. Sevilla possess the best defensive record in La Liga this season, conceding just 12 goals so far. Midfielder Fernando is back from suspension, Gonzalo Montiel, Jesus Navas, Marcos Acuna, Erik Lamela, and Suso are out injured.


Barcelona got a much needed win last weekend against struggling Elche, with a narrow 3-2 victory courtesy of Nico Gonzalez’s late strike. They have picked up just one victory in their seven games away from the Nou Camp in La Liga this campaign. Barcelona are unbeaten across their last three La Liga away games. However, they have dropped points in three (D2 L1) of their last La Liga games with goals coming beyond the 75th minute. Defensively, Barca has been in shambles conceding 23 goals so far in La Liga with just one clean sheet in away league games. Whilst enduring their worst start to a La Liga season, new man Xavi has a chance to put things right as they now face three away games in succession, the first coming against opponents who have replaced them as Real Madrid’s main rivals for the title. Injury woes has been a major cause to Barca’s downfall this season as seven first team players are out injured. Frenkie de Jong is a major doubt. Gerard Pique is back from a one-match ban.