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FC Barcelona vs. Sevilla preview: Barca has to win



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After Real Madrid’s dramatic 3-2 win yesterday against Getafe, Barca needs a win tonight against Sevilla in order to keep the distance at 6 points.

This weekend, Barca won an easy 1-0 victory at Getafe, while Sevilla lost a 3-1 at Valencia in an amazing game. The game also resulted in a couple of suspensions for Sevilla, as left back Adriano got a straight red card and goalkeeper Palop received his 5th yellow card of the season. Playing without these two will definitely hurt their game. On the other hand, Barca is pretty much suspension and injury free. There have been doubts about Messi but he should be able to play tonight.

In their first encounter of the season, Barca won 3-0. However, the result could very well have been different as Sevilla pressured Barca and felt robbed of a penalty by the ref. In the last 15 minutes of the game Messi decided the game with two goals. Eto’o had put Barca ahead in the first half.

Against Getafe, Guardiola showed the rotations are pretty much a done deal by now. This means that there aren’t too many places in the team there are doubt about.

Expected Barca lineup:


Alves, Marquez, Pique, Puyol

Yaya Toure

Xavi, Iniesta

Messi, Eto’o, Henry

Valdes will obviously start. Pique and Marquez have been rocks in central defense lately. Abidal looked shaky against Getafe and I think playing Puyol in left back is the best defensive option right now.

In midfield, Yaya is a dead giveaway as he was rested against Getafe. Xavi and Iniesta will definitely start, although I’m unsure if Iniesta will start in midfield or in the attack. He could start in the attack instead of Messi, who was ill yesterday, or in his more natural position instead of Henry who had a very bad game against Getafe. If Iniesta starts in either of the attacking positions, Keita will take his place in midfield. Keita, like Pique, in his best form of the season lately. Eto’o is a certain starter in the attack.

Expected Sevilla lineup:


Mosquera, Escude, Squillaci, F. Navarro

Navas, Duscher, Romaric, Perotti



Sevilla have, due to their suspensions, some problems in their defensive lines. Javi Varas will start instead of Palop, while former FC Barcelona player Fernando Navarro is expected to start in left back instead of Adriano. Luis Fabiano has seen himself slip out of the starting lineup recently and that will probably continue tonight. So besides the changes due to suspensions I think the lineup will be the same as against Valencia.

Steffen Risager is the editor of www.elbarca.net.

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I’m a 23 year old Danish FC Barcelona fan who fell in love with the club when Michael Laudrup was orchestrating the Dream Team in the early 90’s. I remember the exact game that made me a Blaugrana. My parents were visiting some of their friends and brought me along as they had some kids I could play with. When dusk turned to dawn we turned on their black and white TV and watched Barca win an epic 5-0 victory against Real Madrid. I remember the atmosphere, I remember the fantastic play and I remember thinking: “This is special – this is epic,” although it took me many years to grasp and fully understand what I had just witnessed – I just knew it was magic.