Topping the table less than a week ago, Barcelona are suddenly looking up at other clubs as they host Sevilla in La Liga action on Friday.
The Blaugrana slipped for the second time this season, held to a 2-2 draw at Mallorca on Tuesday thanks to a pair of horrific mistakes by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Barca fought back from their deficit twice, as Fermin Lopez came off the bench to bag an equalizer, but it wasn’t enough to snatch all three points.
Failing to secure victory left Barcelona third in the La Liga table after seven matches, a point behind second-place Real Madrid and two back of surprise leaders Girona.
Sevilla, meanwhile, sit in 12th, having collected seven points from their first six games of the year. They clobbered Almeria 5-1 last time out, marking the first time since their league opener in late August in which the Rojiblancos scored multiple goals.
Barcelona vs Sevilla match facts
- Date: Friday, September 29, 2023
- Kickoff time: 9 p.m. local (3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT)
- Location: Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys (Barcelona, Spain)
- Official: Miguel Angel Ortiz Arias
- Last meeting: Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla (Feb. 5, 2023 | La Liga)
Barcelona vs Sevilla prediction, odds
- Moneyline lean: Barcelona (-275)
- Score prediction: Barcelona 2-0 Sevilla
Barcelona suffered a setback last time out thanks to a few individual errors, but the overall performance once again was fitting of a title contender. They completely dominated Mallorca in most categories, the two goalkeeping mistakes aside.
Still one of the best defensive sides in Spain, Barcelona have had Sevilla’s number, in recent years, winning each of the last six matches while only conceding a single goal in that 560 minute span. They should recover from the midweek slip without issue against a Sevilla side that has won just two of its first five matches.
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Barcelona vs Sevilla best bet
- Pick: Under 2.5 goals
- Odds: +150 (BetMGM)
Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s pair of blunders ruined the clean sheet last time out, but there’s every reason to believe this Barcelona side will once again hold firm. Even with his errors, Barcelona still conceded just 0.79 xG to Mallorca on 10 shots.
Barcelona have been involved in some high-scoring affairs this year, but history against Sevilla indicates it should come back to the norm. Six of their last nine matches against Sevilla have gone under this total, and the visitors here also boast one of the league’s best back lines. With a revitalized Frenkie de Jong out injured for Barcelona, their buildup is hampered enough that it could see them brought back to Earth.
Barcelona vs Sevilla prop bet
- Pick: Under 4.5 yellow cards
- Odds: +128 (FanDuel)
Two of the league’s most disciplined sides with one of the league’s most lenient referees should see this match produce little in the way of needle. Both Barcelona and Sevilla are in the bottom third of the league in terms of fouls accumulated, and only a few players on either team are truly aggressive in such a manner.
Gavi is by far Barcelona’s biggest fouler, with his 21 whistles drawn, 13 more than anyone else in the squad. Erik Lamela, meanwhile, is the only Sevilla player with double digits to this point. Meanwhile, the match referee Miguel Angel Ortiz Arias has whistled for just 0.63 fouls per tackle this year, second-lowest in the league, and his four yellow cards per match are also near the bottom of the list.
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