Prediction and odds for the game: Sevilla (3/1) v Barcelona (10/11)
We are backing the away win
When: Friday, 19th June 2020, Kick-off 21:00
Where: The Sanchez Pizjuan
On Friday night, Sevilla host Barcelona at the Sanchez Pizjuan, as top and third-place in La Liga collide in a potentially vital encounter.
The Andalusian’s are enjoying a decent debut campaign in La Liga under former Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui. Los Nervionenses are third place in the table but are just two points clear of fourth-place Atletico Madrid, but four points clear of Real Sociedad in fifth.
The home side head into this clash on the back of a six-game unbeaten run in the Spanish top-flight. However, an underwhelming 1-1 draw at Levante last time out means that they have won just three of their last eight matches in La Liga.
Their recent matches in La Liga have been relatively high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in five of their last seven games in the Spanish top-flight. The fact that Lopetegui’s team has scored at least twice in five of their last six outings in La Liga was a major factor in those high-scoring matches.
Sevilla have been difficult to beat at the Sanchez Pizjuan in La Liga of late, as they have lost just once in 12 home league matches. They are currently undefeated in six home league matches.
The Catalan giants are sitting in their familiar position of top of the table in La Liga. Quique Setien’s team are five points ahead of arch-rivals Real Madrid, who host Valencia this evening at the Bernabeu.
This clash is sure to be a test of Barcelona’s recent good league form, as they have won seven of their last eight matches in La Liga. Those recent results have largely been down to strong defensive displays of late, as the visitors have now managed clean sheets in four of their last five matches in the Spanish top-flight. At the other end of the pitch, their famous attack has scored at least two goals in six of their last eight league matches.
One negative for Setien heading to Andalucia is their recent inconsistent away record, as they have won just two of their last six matches in the Spanish top-flight on their travels. One of the factors in that mixed away form is their poor defensive displays on the road, as they have conceded at least twice in five of their last six outings on their travels.
Barcelona have had the better of this fixture of late, as the visitors have won 11 of the last 13 meetings with the Andalusian’s.
Sevilla are hard to beat on home soil, but we fancy the home side to record a vital victory. They are one of Sevilla’s few bogey teams in La Liga. We are also backing over 2.5 goals scored. The reason being that Barcelona are prolific, but cannot seem to defend on their travels.
Verdict: We are backing the away win at odds of 10/11 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 8/13. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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Can Barcelona can their good league form at the Sanchez Pizjuan?