Barcelona vs Sevilla Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: February 23, 2013; Time: 9:00 PM UTC;
Venue: Camp Nou — Barcelona.
The Catalan grand will try to rehabilitate from defeat in Milan. The Blaugranas suffered a terrible 2-0 loss in the Champions League in midweek and have to recover quickly for the visit of Unai Emery’s team.
Barcelona are at the top of La Liga with 65 points from 24 games. They have 21 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat so far this season. Their present form has seen 2 draws, 2 wins and 1 loss from last five games in all competitions. Last five home matches the Catalans have finished with 4 wins and 1 draw. They have lost to Milan at the San Siro in the Champions League in midweek. Alexis Sánchez, David Villa, Javier Mascherano and Thiago Alcántara could all appear on the field, with the Copa del Rey clash approaching on Tuesday. Barcelona are on a 21-match unbeaten run at Camp Nou in all competitions. Also, best forward Lionel Messi has scored in a record 14 uninterrupted La Liga games.
Sevilla stands 10th in Spanish Primera with 32 points from 24 games, having won 9, drawn 5 and lost 10 so far this season. Their current form has seen 3 wins and 2 losses from last five games. Last five matches on the road Los Nervionenses have finished with 2 draws and 3 defeats. Sevilla have won struggling Deportivo with the score 3-1 last Friday. Unai Emery also could rotate his squad with Atlético Madrid coming up in their reverse match in the Copa del Rey semi-finals. Also, Sevilla have a nine-game winless run away from home.
Barcelona striker David Villa has in good health after kidney stones and could start from the first minutes. While Adriano remains a doubt with a hamstring injury. Good news for Eric Abidal, as he is in full fit for the first time since last April. Assistant coach Jordi Roura probably will give a rest to some key players who played in the 2-0 defeat against Milan and will keep in mind back-to-back Cup-game against Real Madrid.
Sevilla head coach Unai Emery also could make some changes in his squad with an eye on Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final second game against Atletico Madrid. Andres Palop, Cicinho, Diego Perotti and Piotr Trochowski are all out of the game, and Emir Spahic is banned.
Barcelona line-up: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Thiago, Song, Fabregas, Sanchez, Messi, Villa.
Last three matches:
AC Milan 2 – FC Barcelona 0;
Granada 1 – FC Barcelona 2;
FC Barcelona 6 – Getafe 1.
Sevilla line-up: Beto, Coke, Fazio, Botia, Navarro, Maduro, Kondogbia, Navas, Hervas, Manu, Diawara.
Last three matches:
Sevilla 3 – Deportivo 1;
Real Madrid CF 4 – Sevilla 1;
Sevilla 2 – Rayo Vallecano 1.