The Camp Nou plays host to this early season battle of the top two in La Liga (LL) as first placed Sevilla travel to face the reigning champions, Barcelona. Despite sitting atop the table by a point, Sevilla have had a higher points tally after eight games in two of the last four seasons (2014/15 & 2016/17).
Uncharacteristically for Barcelona, they are currently enduring a four-game winless run in LL (D3, L1) yet remain a point from the league summit ahead of the round – each of those draws saw both teams score.
The Catalan giants have not gone this many league games without a win since a four-game run in May 2009.
Ernesto Valverde (Barcelona) and Pablo Machín (Sevilla) are no strangers to each other. Ahead of the fourth meeting between the managers, Valverde has a 100% record vs Machín (W3) – Barcelona scored two or more goals in each of those victories.
Currently on a four-game winning streak, including a comprehensive 3-0 win over Champions League holders Real Madrid, Sevilla are on their best league run since August-September 2017.
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Barcelona boast an overwhelming all-time top-flight home record of: W57, D11, L6, against Sevilla – the last time the visitors won here dates back to the 2002/03 season.
Players to watch: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) notched three goals and four assists to win LL player of the month for September – he already has three goals from two matches in October.
André Silva (Sevilla) is in fine form, scoring four goals from his last four LL matches – he also scored in Portugal’s UEFA Nations League win over Poland during the break.
Stat attack: Goals have came between the 30th and 45th minutes of the game in three of Sevilla’s and two of Barcelona’s last four LL matches.
Sevilla have been winning at both HT/FT in four of their five victories this term.
Barcelona are the highest scoring team in LL, with 19 goals from eight games.
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Referee: Munuera J. (Esp),
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona)