Barcelona look to capitalise on another slip up from Real Madrid as they host Sevilla at the Camp Nou on Sunday.
The Blaugrana can move a massive eight points clear at the top of the La Liga table with another victory, thanks to Madrid laying an egg at Mallorca in a 1-0 defeat earlier in the day. An injury to Karim Benzema left Los Blancos with a toothless attack, and a penalty miss from Marco Asensio sealed their fate.
Now, it’s Barcelona’s turn to secure points, and should they complete the task they would become massive favorites to secure the league title despite their earlier failures in European play.
The job will be difficult, however, as Jorge Sampaoli has Sevilla looking revitalised, with three wins in their last four league matches. All three of those victories came against relegation candidates though, and whilst that seems to have rescued the club from imminent peril, they have yet to prove that they’re truly dangerous against top sides. Today, they can take the next step in recovering an otherwise lost season.
The Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Barcelona vs Sevilla live score
Barcelona (4-4-2, right to left): ter Stegen (GK) — Kounde, R. Araujo, Christensen, Alba — Pedri, Busquets, de Jong, Gavi — Raphinha, Lewandowski.
Sevilla (5-4-1, right to left): Bounou (GK) — Montiel, Bade, Fernando, Rekik, Acuna — Suso, Jordan, Rakitic, Ocampos — En-Nesyri.
Barcelona vs Sevilla live updates, highlights, commentary
95 mins to kick: Barcelona’s new No. 6, Gavi, has his manager Xavi all in his feels. As the former owner of that iconic number at this iconic club, Xavi hasn’t been able to hold back his praise for the young midfielder. While Gavi isn’t quite the same profile of player his current manager once was, it’s still quite meaningful to Xavi to watch someone else excel with that number.
Gavi has been an important player throughout his time at the Camp Nou, but especially now with Ousmane Dembele injured, as he gives Xavi the flexibility to play a fluid lineup that sees Gavi rotate from a midfield position to a more wide attacking role depending on the situation.
🗣️ “I see Gavi with his new No.6 jersey and it makes me happy. It’s nostalgic because I can’t wear it anymore.”
Teacher Xavi to student Gavi 🥰 pic.twitter.com/OVcq9QHwJo
— GiveMeSport (@GiveMeSport) February 2, 2023
120 mins to kick: Barcelona winger Raphinha has come under fire for poor performances of late, and rightly so. He has looked lost out there in large stretches of games, including the first half against Real Betis last time out in La Liga. Yet Barcelona head coach Xavi has backed the Brazilian at every opportunity, both on the field with consistent minutes, and in press conferences with his defence of the former Leeds United star.
Before today’s match, he reiterated his support for Raphinha, praising the winger’s contributions on goals as well as his pressing off the ball. Clearly Raphinha does the little things that please Xavi and keep him in the lineup over young Ansu Fati, who has consistently provided a spark off the bench.
Interessant el que diu Xavi sobre Raphinha:
“Jugui millor o pitjor, sempre és trascendent. Amb algun gol o una assistència,…
I fa les obligacions al 100%, la pressió alta,…” pic.twitter.com/eoqp1oiSKL
— Sique RodríguezGairí (@SiqueRodriguez) February 5, 2023
Barcelona vs Sevilla lineups & team news
With Ousmane Dembele injured for another couple of weeks, Xavi has transitioned to a fluid 4-4-2 with Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha up front. Gavi plays in a hybrid role, starting as a midfielder but with the flexibility to go out wide and transition the attack into a 4-3-3.
Raphinha has come under fire for poor form from fans and media, but Xavi has backed the Brazilian at every turn, refusing to start Ansu Fati despite the youngster’s numerous contributions off the bench.
Barcelona projected starting lineup (4-4-2): ter Stegen (GK) — Kounde, R. Araujo, Christensen, Alba — Pedri, Busquets, de Jong, Gavi — Raphinha, Lewandowski.
Barcelona subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)
Jorge Sampaoli has turned things around at Sevilla, and it’s mostly thanks to his ability to get the best Sevilla players back on form. Youssouf En-Nesyri is the main goalscoring threat, but he had been invisible this season until bagging his first two goals of the entire season last time out against Elche. Marcos Acuna and Ivan Rakitic have also found the back of the net of late.
Sevilla are likely missing Alex Telles and Marcao to short-term injuries, while Jesus Navas and Jesus Corona miss out with longer-term issues.
Sevilla projected starting lineup (5-4-1): Bounou (GK) — Montiel, Bade, Fernando, Rekik, Acuna — Suso, Jordan, Rakitic, Ocampos — En-Nesyri.
Sevilla subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)
How to watch Barcelona vs Sevilla
Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territories:
|USA||Sun, Feb. 5||15:00 ET||—||ESPN+|
|Canada||Sun, Feb. 5||15:00 ET||TSN3||TSN app, TSN.ca|
|UK||Sun, Feb. 5||20:00 GMT||LaLiga TV, ITV4||ITVX, Viaplay Sports|
|Australia||Mon, Feb. 6||07:00 AEST||—||Optus Sport|
|New Zealand||Mon, Feb. 6||09:00 NZDT||—||beIN Sports Connect|
|India||Mon, Feb. 6||01:30 IST||—||Voot Select, JioTV|
|Hong Kong||Mon, Feb. 6||04:00 HKT||Now Sports 2||Now Player|
|Malaysia||Mon, Feb. 6||04:00 MYT||Astro Supersport 4||sooka, beIN Sports Connect, Astro Go|
|Singapore||Mon, Feb. 6||04:00 SGT||—||StarHub TV+, beIN Sports Connect|
UK: La Liga matches in the UK are carried on LaLiga TV and ITV, with ITV’s streaming platform ITVX available for online viewing.
USA: All La Liga matches in the United States are shown on ESPN’s premium streaming service ESPN+, requiring a subscription to view.
Canada: All La Liga matches in Canada are available via TSN’s streaming options, with today’s match broadcast on TSN3.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.
Barcelona vs Sevilla betting odds & lines
Odds via BetMGM (USA), Sports Interaction (Canada), SkyBet (UK), and Neds (Australia).
to score Y / N
|+105 / -145||+100 / -156||1/1, 8/11||2.00 / 1.72|
|Over / Under
|-150 / +110||-141 / +110||8/13, 6/5||1.68 / 2.10|