Despite possessing the typical embarrassment of talent, Barcelona has lost two games in La Liga play, both to teams currently tenth or worse in the table. Perhaps the most jarring result thus far, however, occurred midweek, when the Blaugranas finally lost to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in Champions League group stage play.
League leading scorers Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, boasting seven apiece, will be out for blood following the European disappointment. Andres Iniesta remains out while recovering from knee surgery, but rumors of a Gerard Pique return could boost an injury-riddled Barcelona side that nevertheless remains a playmaking powerhouse.
The hosts Sevilla have made their summer managerial transition smooth for Jorge Sampaoli. In taking over for the departed Unai Emery, Sampaoli had large shoes to fill, as Sevilla are the three-time defending Europa League champions. His team has rewarded him already, currently sitting fourth in the league table despite a troubling goal differential. Los Rojiblancos performed more admirably than their opponents in European play midweek, knocking off Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 in the Champions League. Forward Luciano Vietto hopes to provide some sparks on the counter against a Catalan side that loves to control the tempo.
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Can Barcelona’s offense lead to three points, or will Sevilla be able to leapfrog the Catalonian giants?