Real Madrid’s shock 2-1 home defeat to Girona last weekend has allowed Barca to open up a seven-point lead in the title race, with Atletico now their main challengers.
Barca faces a huge El Clasico double-header next week with two trips to the Spanish capital to face Real in their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg (Wednesday) before Saturday’s La Liga clash.
While Barca is sitting pretty in LaLiga, Ernesto Valverde will not want to drop points before a difficult run of fixtures which could define their season – through an away test against fourth-placed Sevilla will be no picnic.
The Blaugrana are entering a crucial stage of the season and are seeking to retain their healthy advantage in Spanish top flight
Barcelona travels to face Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, aiming to overcome a difficult spell of form by their high standards.
Lionel Messi & Co. were unable to find a way to break through Lyon in the Champions League on Tuesday
and have now won only one of their last five matches, albeit drawing the other four.
Sevilla, meanwhile, is in equally uncertain form domestically but remain in the battle to finish in the top four and seal a place in Europe’s premier club competition next season.
Having progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League this time around with a 2-0 midweek win over Lazio.
Team News of Sevilla vs Barcelona
The big call will be whether to allow Lionel Messi a break given that Barca head to Madrid twice next week.
The upcoming Clasicos may also be an excuse for Valverde to rest Luis Suarez given the striker’s poor form of late.
Arthur and Jasper Cillessen were on the training pitch on Thursday as they trained away from the squad on the road to recovery from their respective injuries.
Sevilla has plenty of knocks to worry them ahead of the visit of Barcelona, with Sergi Escudero and Nolito ruled out.
There are doubts over Daniel Carrico, Joris Gagnon, Maxime Gonalons and Jesus Navas.
Munir El Haddadi is liable to be on the bench against his former team.
Barcelona are without the now-familiar trio of Jesper Cillessen, Rafinha and Arthur Melo.
Given their intense fixture list and a sequence of vital matches on the horizon, some rotation in the squad would not be surprising.
Samuel Umtiti is a likely starter now that he is fit again.
Possible Sevilla starting XI: Vaclik; Marcado, Kjaer, Gomez; Vidal, Sarabia, Banega, Vazquez, Arana; Silva, Ben Yedder
Possible Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Suarez, Dembele
Score prediction: Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona
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The match will not be televised live in the UK due to TV blackout rules, which prohibit games being screened between 2:45pm and 5:15pm on a Saturday.
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Sevilla and Barca have enjoyed some lively games already this season.
Barca won the Supercopa de Espana 2-1 back in August, and also beat Sevilla 2-0 at Camp Nou in LaLiga in October.
Barca also came back from a 2-0 Copa del Rey first-leg defeat to crush Sevilla 6-1 at home earlier this year.