Preview: Sevilla vs FC Barcelona (game 6 liga 2012/13)

Barça are back in action tomorrow night with a visit to the Sanchez Pizjuan for a league game against Sevilla. If you take a casual look at the league table after five games it might appear that all is rosy for Barça with five wins out of five and an eight-point advantage over seventh-placed Real Madrid. However, a more detailed look reveals that Barça’s five victories have been against the clubs positioned 14th, 15th, 17th, 19th and 20th in the table suggesting we haven’t got that much to crow about with the season so far.

Of course, you can only beat the team you have facing you, but tomorrow’s game will be a much sterner test of Tito Vilanova’s team. Sevilla are in fifth place after starting the league with three wins and two draws, but the record at home is 100% after beating Getafe 2-1 on the opening day of the season, and Real Madrid 1-0. Going forward they have Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo both in good form while defensively they are looking very tight with three clean sheets in the last three games. They have strengthened their defence with the signings this summer of ex-blaugrana Albert Botia, right back Cicinho (not the one who used to play for Madrid) and the excellent goalkeeper Diego Alves who abandoned Villarreal’s sinking submarine. However, for now Andres Palop, nearing his 39th birthday, has been continuing to show what a first-class goalie he is, leaving Diego Alves to wait his chance on the bench.

Barça still have problems in defence with Puyol and Piqué out for tomorrow’s game, but the press seems to think they will both make it for the clásico on October 7. Adriano tweaked a muscle last week against Granada but he looks like he will travel though the chances are that Jordi Alba will get another chance at left back. Andres Iniesta trained normally yesterday for the first time since his recent thigh injury and should also travel though we might also see him start on the bench as a precaution. Busquets seems fine after a back problem earlier this week and he should start. The main selection decisions seem to be who will partner Mascherano at the back – though it seems probable that Song will again be preferred over Bartrá – and who will play up front with three times Onze D’Or winner Leo Messi. Pedro seems the most likely to start on the right which leaves David Villa, Alexis Sanchez and Cristian Tello fighting for one place.

A victory will equal our best league start to a season of six straight wins, though more importantly it will show what Tito’s team is capable of in a tough venue. Most people seem to believe we are going to see another two-horse title race between Barça and Madrid this season though there are some interesting outsiders who may rock the boat a little. Both Sevilla and Atlético have made very strong starts while both Barça and Madrid have revealed some possible weaknesses.

In Pep Guardiola’s four years in charge we never lost at the Sanchez Pizjuan with three wins and a draw in our four league visits. However, I feel we are going to have to raise our game tomorrow if we want to continue with the winning start to the season. Hopefully we’ll see a goal as good as the one Messi got in the 0-2 in our last visit to Seville back in March.

Possible Barça XI: Valdés; Alves, Song, Mascherano, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas; Pedro, Messi, Alexis.

My prediction: Sevilla 1 Barça 1

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8 Responses to Preview: Sevilla vs FC Barcelona (game 6 liga 2012/13)

  1. Oranges for oranges at this moment, I don’t see a win for us tomorrow. I HOPE I AM WRONG. This game’s got me depressed all week!

    • FCB-Parbo says:

      Oh, I very much hope you’re on the wrong side. No doubt that it will be a hard match. But I think, once they’re connected and scored early on then it will be easy I guess (thinking of Messi).

      Tots unit fem forca!!!
      Visca Barca!!!

      Hey you, what adorable kids on your pic. Are they twins and yours?

      • hahaha….Thanks…the woke up and went straight for their number 6 and number 8 Jeyseys…I hope i am wrong. Sevilla is SOLID right now. They are very compact up and down the field. Granada was compact down the field but not ense they up on our side. They will attack and with our defense they will score. How many? I don”t know but we must be super careful today!

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  3. Fredegar says:

    Well, the start of the season was solid on the points aspect, but probably a bit disappointing on our playing level. Now after a full week of rest, we’re up away at Sevilla, then away in the CL (I believe?) and then we got Madrid next weekend, so we should know a lot more where we stand at the moment in a week’s time. In the last year, the team has never let us down in cruch times, let’s hope they can go on repeating this feat!

  4. Caleb says:

    The bad: we have to say that a few of the decisions by the ref really helped us in this game. Our defense looked shaky. We were loosing for 89 minutes of the match.

    The good: we never gave up and somehow found a winner. Cesc had a good game. The team showed great character. Even if we’re not hitting the polished levels of the past few seasons if we show that sort of determination throughout the season we’ll do well.

  5. PHEWWWWW….THAT WAS CLOSE MY FRIENDS…to me that was the league> It’s is ours this year…take it to the bank!

  6. FC Barcelona Rocks! says:

    Superstrike from David Villa. Villa and Messi an Pedro should take turns down that middle to make things super unpredictable for defenders. In the first half Messi was super expected and super guarded down that middle. We should look to spice things up in that center lane. Messi should be deployed down that right wing at times. He will drag two-3 players with him and this will leave more space in central areas. We should at times look to stretch the opponents a little. We were exceptional in this game. But our defence is still a worry. So far, the GODs are with us this season!!

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