Barcelona vs Sevilla – UEFA Super Cup – Preview

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UEFA Champions League winners Barcelona will take on UEFA Europa League champions Sevilla for the UEFA Super Cup at Tbilisi, Georgia on Tuesday. While Barcelona have set their sights on a record-equalling fifth UEFA Super Cup, the Sevilla manager Unai Emery will aim to scalp his first win over the Catalan club.

Team News

For Barcelona, Jordi Alba and Douglas are confirmed absentee with hamstring injuries. Neymar has been suffering from mumps and will be rested, while Adriano is in a race against time to recuperate from his thigh strain.

Sevilla have been struck with a bout of gastroenteritis, with the stomach flu ruling out N’Zonzi out of action and rendering Rami and Kolodziejczak doubtful. Carrico will also miss the encounter with a muscle injury, as will Pareja due to a cruciate ligament injury.

Barcelona Possible Starting Lineup: Andre Ter Stegen; Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Javier Mascherano, Mathieu; Ivan Rakitić, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta; Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, Pedro.

Sevilla Possible Starting Lineup: Rico; Mariano, Coke, Krychowiak, Trémoulinas; Krohn-Dehli, Ever Banega; Reyes, Iborra, Vitolo; Gameiro.

 Manager’s Corner

“This is our first official match of pre-season and it’s a nice test to see where we’re at. Every title is a challenge and we’ll tackle this one as we would any other. We know our rivals are tough opponents as it’s always difficult to beat them. It’s exciting to be playing in the Super Cup; we know we have to play well in order to win.

Sevilla have even fewer players available than Barça so it’s a problem that both teams will have to overcome. There’ve been a lot of transfers at Sevilla and that’s harder for the Sevilla coach to deal with. In my case, we’ll be seeing things which are fairly similar to previous seasons.”

– Luis Enrique, Barcelona.

“It’s another opportunity we want to make the most of. We’re playing major rivals who are favourites but we have many things in our favour and we’re working on our strengths to overcome Barcelona. We want to take advantage of this moment – we’re at the level where we want to be, at the very top.

We need to be able to attack and profit from any weak moments or lack of cohesion in their game. Barça are going to be better than us in stats, possession etc. So we need to accept that and respond by countering very quickly against them. We have to grasp the opportunities when we have a degree of control.”

– Unai Emery, Sevilla.

Referee

William Collum of Scotland is the designated match official.

Contributor’s Pick

According to Head-2-Head statistics, Barcelona have won 56% of their games against Sevilla and the La Liga holders are expected to defeat Unai Emery’s side by a 3-1 scoreline.

NIGERIA samskies Your thoughts? this match is for fc Barcelona to win this match with 2or3margin because sevilla is losing this match why is because of their striker a Colombia boy bacca that this people sell to AC Milan
KAZAKHSTAN miau Barcelon will win in the first half I suppose. Odds are 1.79
ENGLAND liam2wap Sevilla have an open style of play in competitive matches which tends to lead to goals, even if this was less evident in their recent friendlies. Barcelona are talented enough to exploit any opportunities and there will probably be a few: head-to-head record reveals most of their games were goalfests and even more so when Barca were playing at home. My bet is first half over 1.5 goals.
ENGLAND liam2wap Another observation from the head-to-head is that both teams scored on their last 6 encounters... Perhaps without their star striker, it may be time for Sevilla to be shut out on this occasion. If correct this would be useful for final score predictions. So I'll put a small bet on Barcelona 4-0 and see what happens.
SINGAPORE beck I think Barca should win by at least 2 goals
NIGERIA chimasamuel BRCELONA all the way, i believe with messi and suarez taking the frontline for barca, dey are likely to deliver with atleast a 3 goals to nill
INDONESIA robert92 ok barcelona win

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