Barcelona vs Sevilla
Spanish Copa del Rey.
Date: Wednesday, 30th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 20:30 UK/ 21:30 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).
Things are easy for the Blaugrana in the league so far. They are at the top of the table with a 5 point lead over their nearest rival Atletico Madrid. But they suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Sevilla in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.
Lionel Messi and the team have won 7 of their last 10 matches in all competitions. Their two defeats came in this competition against Sevilla and Levante. In 6 of those 10 matches which they played across all venues, the score had more than 2.5 goals. Including 6 wins, they are unbeaten at home in the last 7 games.
Ernesto Valverde needs his team to keep a clean sheet in this game as the visitors are coming with a 2 goal advantage. An away goal for Sevilla may complicate things if the overall score is drawn. Barca has managed to keep a clean sheet in half of their previous 10 home matches.
Sevilla has a chance to secure their place in the semis by keeping the pressure on the current holders. But they know the king of attacking talent that Barcelona packs, including the inform Messi. Sevilla is on a 2 match win streak in all competitions that came after a 3 game losing run across all venues. Currently, they are fresh from a 5-0 home win against Levante in the league.
After a great start in the league, they failed to capitalize on that lead and are currently 4th in the table. Pablo Machin will have his eyes on the silverware for sure, but his team has been poor in away game. His side has only 1 win in their last 5 matches on the road, the latest 2 being defeats.
Barcelona vs Sevilla: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Barca has won 3 and lost one of the last 5 competitive h2h against Sevilla.
- More than 2.5 goals were scored in 4 of their previous meetings across all venues.
- Barcelona is on a 5 match win streak in front of their home crowd against the team from Seville.
- They scored 2 or more goals in all those recent h2h clashes at this ground.
- All 5 of those games had more than 2.5 goals at the final whistle as well.
- Both the teams scored in the last 3 h2h at the Camp Nou between these two sides.
Barcelona vs Sevilla: Prediction
Sevilla does not possess the attacking flair they had at the start of this season, especially in away games. They failed to trouble the score in the last 2 away games against Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. On the contrary, Barca kept 3 clean sheets in their last 4 home matches. Thus we can bet on both teams not scoring with 2.00 odds.
The hosts have a history of a great comeback after conceding a lead to the visitors. With the memories of that PSG-game and on the back of Messi’s form, I would recommend betting on the hosts to qualify into the last 4 with 2.45 odds.
Barcelona vs Sevilla: Betting Tips
Both teams to score: No @ 2.00 (1/1).
Barcelona to qualify @ 2.45 (16/11).