Sevilla vs Barcelona predictions and match preview for Tuesday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the hosts aim to close the gap on leaders Real Madrid.
|Tuesday 21st December 2021
|21:30 (local time)
Sevilla vs Barcelona Preview
There’s a huge game on Tuesday night as LaLiga reaches the end of 2021. Sevilla have surprisingly emerged as the most likely challengers to Real Madrid in this year’s title race and they could really underline their credentials by getting the better of Xavi’s Barcelona here.
They will certainly go into this game as favourites which is as much a reflection on where Barcelona are at as anything else. However, unquestionably Sevilla are having a very strong season in LaLiga and they defeated one of the so-called “big three” at the weekend by beating Atletico Madrid 2-1 at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan thanks to Lucas Ocampos’ 88th minute winner.
This marks the final leg in a really tough run of LaLiga fixtures for Julen Lopetegui’s side. In their last four games, they’ve faced both Madrid clubs as well as Villarreal and Athletic Club and they’ll be delighted to have won 3 of them. You wonder whether a bit of fatigue may be setting in now given their ultimately unsuccessful UEFA Champions League campaign went to the wire too but they’ve almost two weeks off following this game and one last push and three more points would set them up very nicely for 2022.
A win at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan would lift some of the gloom from a Barcelona perspective though and would represent Xavi’s most significant result since returning to the club as coach. His side looked like they were on course for a much more comfortable day at the weekend when goals from Ferran Jutlgà and Gavi put them 2-0 up on Elche early on at Camp Nou. However the visitors somehow managed to pull themselves back into the game and levelled it in the Second Half before Nicio Gonzalez’s late winner spared Barca’s blushes.
The kids are certainly starting to deliver for Barcelona and that alone is one reason for Cules to be positive heading into 2020. All of their last 5 goals have been scored by players aged 22 or under but it’s unlikely they’ll be able to rely on youth alone in a fixture as tough as this. They will need to count on the experience of the likes of Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets to handle the challenge that is playing at what is sure to be a noisy Sanchez-Pizjuan against a strong Sevilla side.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Barcelona Wins, 1 Sevilla Win, 2 Draws.
- This will be the 4th meeting of 2021 and Barcelona have had the better of them.
- They won 2-0 here in LaLiga in February and also came from behind to win a Copa del Rey Semi-Final 3-2 on aggregate last season.
- Sevilla have only won 3 of their last 33 games against Barcelona in all competitions.
Sevilla are expected to be without Marcos Acuna, Erik Lamela, Suso, Jesus Navas and Gonzalo Montiel to injury which leaves them very short on options in the wide areas of the pitch.
Barcelona are expected to be missing the injured Martin Braithwaite, Memphis, Pedri, Sergino Dest, Sergi Roberto and Ansu Fati.
Sevilla vs Barcelona Predictions
Score Prediction: Sevilla 2-1 Barcelona
Barcelona are a team that shows the kinds of inconsistencies you expect from a young side and while there is promise in much of their play, they seem to have really bad periods in most of their games where the whole thing almost falls apart. If there’s a repeat here, you’d fancy Sevilla to take charge and collect all three points to close the gap to Real Madrid to just three points.
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