Sevilla vs Barcelona
Spain – Copa del Rey
Date: Wednesday, 23rd January 2019
Kick-off at 20.30 UK/ 21.30 CET
Venue: Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán (Sevilla).
Ousmane Dembele was injured in Barca’s last match-day, and it was really unfortunate for the youngster who was slowly becoming the go-to man for the team in difficult situations. It will be interesting to see how Ernesto Valverde would deal with the situation.
The bench strength of the Blaugrana is easily one of the best in Europe, and the gaffer will have more than enough replacements ready. As things stand, it must be the Brazilian sensation Malcom to whom the coach will turn to.
The Filigrees had a curious schedule just come to an end as they had to face Athletic Bilbao thrice in six days, two of them Copa games. Pablo Machin’s men lost twice but still managed to pass through to the Quarter-finals.
In this tie, the team has an opportunity for revenge as they are pitted against the same team that defeated them in the final of the last edition of this competition.
Sevilla vs Barcelona Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last eight games in a row had over 2.5 match goals.
- Barca registered the last nine h2h wins in a row.
- Ernesto Valverde’s men have scored two or more goals in each of their last 11 appearances.
- Nine of the last 11 wins at this venue are in the name of the Catalans.
- Stretching back to 2004, the Blaugrana have scored in every single game at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
Sevilla vs Barcelona Prediction
By a distance, the Cules are the most spoilt fanbase in the entire footballing world. A season where their team fails to achieve the treble is considered a failure by them. And the team encourages them by going after the achievement year after year.
February is a tough month for Ernesto Valverde’s men as several hard matches await them. The squad will not want to leave things to chance and will go for the win in the first leg itself. If possible, they would like to post a big score and rest some of their key players in the return leg.
The presence of their talisman Lionel Messi will surely inspire the group to go after a huge win. Coupled with that, they have scored two or more goals in each of their last 11 games against Los Nervionenses. Also, the last nine overall wins, as well as nine of the last eleven wins at this venue belongs to the Catalan team.
The last time these two met was in the final of the Copa del Rey 2017-18, and the win sided with Ernesto Valverde’s men, the scoreline being 5-0.
Expect Barca to win as well as score at least two goals.
Sevilla vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Barcelona to Win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Barcelona @ 1.60 (3/5).