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Preview: Barcelona – Sevilla

La Liga leaders will be looking to reinforce their status today as they host 5th-placed Sevilla, who have accumulated 19 points after the first ten rounds.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Barcelona remain unbeaten after 10 games in La Liga (LL) this season (W9 D1) and have actually won their last 17 home matches in the league (including last season), scoring a total of 68 goals in the process – an average of 4 goals per game.

In contrast, Sevilla’s LL record stands at W6 D1 L3 with all the losses coming in recent away games.

There have been at least 3 goals in 12 of the last 14 meetings between Barcelona and Sevilla in all competitions.

Ernesto Valverde’s side are undefeated in their last 12 home games against Sevilla in all competitions, winning 11 and drawing just 1, and have managed to keep a clean sheet in their last 3.

Lionel Messi is already performing better than last season. At this stage last season he had 9 goals to his name, but this season he has 12 goals. The majority of his goals have been scored at home (9), including hat-tricks against Espanyol and Eibar.

Both teams played in the CL earlier this week. Barcelona failed to score and could only manage a draw away from home against Olympiacos (0-0). Sevilla remained strong at home, however, by beating Spartak Moscow (2-1).

Messi will be the only outfield player on the pitch that has played 90 minutes in all La Liga games so far this season.

Barcelona are sitting top of La Liga with 28 points, 4 points ahead of Valencia. This is the best start to the season they have had since the ‘13/’14 LL season, which matched this record.

 

Missing players

Barcelona: O. Dembele (muscle injury), A. Gomes (thigh injury), Rafinha (knee injury), S. Roberto (muscle injury), A. Turan (doubtful), A. Vidal (doubtful)

Sevilla: D. Carrico (thigh injury), W. Montoya (groin injury), N. Pareja (hip injury), Jose Mena (doubtful).