There’s a rare Friday night game for Barcelona this week. They take on Sevilla at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys. It’s matchday 8 in La Liga with a 21:00 local time as the hosts aim to bounce back from dropped points in midweek at Mallorca.
Barcelona vs Sevilla H2H Record
There have been 180 meetings between the clubs in all competitions.
- Barcelona Wins: 101
- Draws: 38
- Sevilla Wins: 41
Barcelona have an excellent overall record against this opposition. Sevilla actually won both matches during the 1934/35 season when the clubs met for the first time, but they’ve found life hard going against the Catalans in recent times, particularly at Camp Nou.
Sevilla haven’t won an away league game against FC Barcelona since the 2002/03 season when they were impressive 3-0 winners. They’ll be hoping the change in venue can bring a change in their fortunes in this fixture.
Last time out…
Barcelona won both meetings 3-0 last season. The most recent clash in February saw recent Inter Miami signing Jordi Alba open the scoring on 59 minutes. Gavi and Raphinha added to the scoring to round off a comfortable win at Camp Nou.
Visiting midfielder Ivan Rakitic was publicly critical of his coach’s tactics after the game and Jorge Sampaoli didn’t last much longer before he became the second Sevilla boss to be sacked in a difficult season for the Andalusians in La Liga.
Barcelona vs Sevilla H2H: Potential MVP
Joao Felix has been the talk of the town in Barcelona since his deadline day loan move from Atletico Madrid. His long-term future is still uncertain, but the Portuguese international has certainly made an impression for his new club.
There were doubts as to whether Xavi really wanted the player, but the Barca boss certainly appears to be warming to the idea of having Felix in his team. The Atleti loanee has started all of Barcelona’s last four games, scoring three times and assisting two.
João Félix, nominated for everything ✨
🌟 Player of the week
⚽️ Goal of the week
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 21, 2023
The midweek trip to Mallorca was the only game where Felix struggled against physical opponents. His withdrawal in the 64th minute suggests he should be fresh enough to start again here, although some rotation is likely.
Joao Felix has played Sevilla 4 times in his career. They haven’t been his favourite opponents though with those games producing just 1 goal and 0 assists for the talented forward.
Barcelona: Players in focus
Lewandowski to return
Xavi rested Robert Lewandowski in midweek, but the Polish striker will almost certainly return to the starting eleven here.
Raphinha to sink Sevilla again?
Brazilian winger Raphinha scored in both games against Sevilla last season. He was also on target on Tuesday in Palma de Mallorca.
Fermin’s time to shine
20 year old Fermin Lopez scored his first goal in La Liga with the leveller against Mallorca and will be hoping for more minutes in this game.
Sevilla: Players in focus
Rakitic returns to Barcelona
Ivan Rakitic was an important player for Barcelona during the 2010’s, however he has only won 1 of his 15 matches lining up as an opposition player against them.
Ramos set for frosty welcome
Sergio Ramos is hoping to return to the starting lineup for Sevilla to face Barcelona for the 48th time in his career. He has 5 goals and 5 red cards against Barca.
Belgian international Dodi Lukebakio has scored in 2 of his 3 La Liga appearances for Sevilla since completing a summer transfer.
The Barcelona vs Sevilla H2H predictions can only really point to a home win here. Sevilla have gone more than 20 years without winning this fixture in La Liga and they face a confident home side that has scored 13 times in their last 3 home matches.
We’re saying 3-1 to Barcelona with Robert Lewandowski returning to the lineup to score the first goal.