Europa League progression may have boosted morale, but Sevilla remain with just one win in their last five La Liga (LL) matches (W1, D1, L3). However their home form is promising (W7, D3, L1), although in this encounter they face a strong travelling Barcelona side that’s recorded the exact same results away.
Sevilla have been an impressive second-half side at the Sánchez Pizjuán this league campaign, with only two teams registering a better second-half goal difference at home than Sevilla’s +11. In fact no LL club has conceded less than the three total goals they’ve conceded after half-time at home.
Barca may top the league by a seven-point cushion, but their failure to score in their last two competitive away matches (D2) is a first since April 2017. Despite that, the visitors average of two goals scored per LL away match is the division’s highest ahead of the round, and that, coupled with a league-low average of 0.73 goals conceded per away game, makes them a force to be reckoned with.
Unsurprisingly, the visitors have been trailing at half-time just once on the road this LL campaign (HT: W5, D5, L1), although they have scored in both halves in just 36.36% of those away matches.
Players to watch: Wissam Ben Yedder’s (SEV) goal against Lazio midweek was his 21st of the season – 14 came at home.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored 33 goals against Sevilla – more than he’s netted against any other club.
Stat attack: Sevilla have scored the opener in seven of their 11 home league fixtures.
Barcelona have won 63.64% of the LL away games they started as the favourite (W7, D3, L1).
Across Sevilla’s last five LL home games, there’s been an average of six yellow cards shown per match.
Both teams have scored in the last six top-flight H2Hs held here.
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Referee: Lahoz A. (Esp),
Venue: Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán (Sevilla)
Antonio Mateu Lahoz is the one to supervise the game today.
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