Barcelona vs Sevilla – Copa del Rey Preview, Group Information & Predicted Line-ups
Barcelona will try to turn the tables on Seville when the two sides meet in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals at Camp Nou.
Goals from Jules Kounde and Ivan Rakitic led Sevilla to a comfortable 2-0 win in the first leg that put the guests in the driver’s seat ahead of the rematch.
Although a two-goal cushion favors Seville, this tie could falter as Barcelona haven’t lost any of their last 12 competitive games against these opponents at home (W11, D1).
The Copa del Rey is probably the only realistic chance any team has this season to pack cutlery.
Lionel Messi hits and helps when Barcelona beat Sevilla in LaLiga … three days before the Copa del Rey semi-finals: //t.co/FwWilLJPGI
– The Sun Football @ (@TheSunFootball) February 27, 2021
Barcelona’s chances of claiming the La Liga crown are pretty slim at the moment as they outperform La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid by five points despite another game.
A 4-1 strike by Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou also leaves the Catalans a mountain to climb in the second leg of the last 16 of the Champions League.
Meanwhile, the Andalusian team are ten points behind Atletico and seem to have already given up the title.
Julian Lopetegui’s men also face the daunting prospect of overcoming a 3-2 first leg deficit against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Ronald Koeman’s men celebrated a 2-0 triumph at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in La Liga in the second game of their double-headed game against Sevilla.
The hosts have been blowing hot and cold at Camp Nou lately and have recorded a win, a draw and a defeat in the last three competitive games at this venue.
Overall, Barca have lost just one of their 13 home games on home soil in domestic competitions (W8, D4) this season thanks to a 3-1 loss to bitter rivals Real Madrid.
The Catalan giants have scored the first goal in 64.71% of their home games this season.
Barcelona have also proven difficult to be knocked off their seat, dropping the points in only one of their eight home games in which they were ahead at halftime (W7, D1).
Only two of Seville’s 16 competitive games since the turn of the year ended in a draw (W11, L3) and none of the last 11 (W9, L2).
The “clean sheet” issue remains important in the context of the 2021 visitor results.
Nine of their eleven competition wins on this calendar were accompanied by a blank sheet of paper, while two of their three losses resulted in Sevilla failing to find the net.
Before kick-off, Los Rojiblancos remained clean in three away games in various competitions and scored twice more than two goals.
The low-scoring first half has been a common theme for Lopetegui’s side this season as ten (83.33%) of their 12 La Liga away games scored less than 1.5 goals before half-time.
Out: Philippe Coutinho, Ansu Fati, Miralem Pjanic and Sergi Roberto.
Doubt: N / A
Out: N / A
Doubt: Lucas Ocampos, Marcos Acuna.
Barcelona (5-3-2): Marc-André ter Stegen; Oscar Mingueza; Ronald Araujo; Gerard Pique; Sergino Dest; Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets; Frenkie de Jong; Pedri; Ousmane Dembele; Lionel Messi.
Seville (4-2-3-1): Binding; Diego Carlos; Jules Kounde; Jesus Navas; Sergio Escudero; Fernando; Joan Jordan; Ivan Rakitic; Alejandro Gomez; Suso; Youssef In Nesyri.