FC Barcelona vs. Sevilla FC: Preview
Barcelona returned from the break last weekend with an impressive 4-0 win on the road against Mallorca. Midfielder Arturo Vidal got the scoring started early with a header less than two minutes in, and Lionel Messi bookended the performance with a 90+3′ goal off of a slight deflection. The win for Barca ensured the Blaugranakept a firm grip on the title race, but Real Madrid matched that result to keep Barcelona’s lead to just two points. While Barca’s destiny is still in its own control, a single loss could swing the race back Real Madrid’s way.
Sevilla was a part of the first La Liga match after the break, when they hosted cross-town rival Real Betis in El Gran Derbi on June 11th. Sevilla defended its home turf in a 2-0 win, before traveling to face Levante on Monday and getting a point in the 1-1 draw. The Seville-based club is not a contender for the title, but has a comfortable gap in the race for the Champions League spots, with a four-point lead over 5th place Getafe.
Here’s how Barcelona’s Starting XI looked in the last match (a 4-0 win on Saturday at Mallorca):
- ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Araujo, Alba; Busquets, Vidal, de Jong; Griezmann, Messi, Braithwaite
Here’s how Sevilla lined up in its 1-1 draw against Levante on Monday:
- Vaclik; Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Escudero; Gudelj, Jordán, Ever Banega; Ocampos, De Jong, Munir
According to the oddsmakers at DraftKings Sportsbook, Barcelona is favored to win on Friday:
- Barcelona, -106 (wager $106 to win $100)
- Sevilla, +275 (wager $100 to win $275)
- Draw, +270
Next La Liga match
- vs. Athletic Bilbao (Tuesday, June 23, 4pm ET, BeIN)
Best La Liga matches this week
|Real Madrid vs.
|Thursday, June 18, 4pm ET
|Friday, June 19, 4pm ET
|Real Madrid vs.
|Sunday, June 21, 4pm ET
How to watch Barcelona vs. Sevilla online
BeIN Sports is the home for La Liga matches in the U.S. Most matches feature on the main BeIN channel, with additional coverage on its Spanish language channel (BeIN Ñ) and BeIN Xtra. The Xtra coverage is available free through Roku, Pluto TV, and Xumo.
The following streaming services carry BeIN Sports. (You can also catch additional matches on BeIN Sports Xtra via Roku, Pluto, and Xumo.)
Sling TV is a great destination for soccer fans. It has two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, which each cost $30 per month. Getting Sling Orange + Blue saves money and it provides the most access to sports. Sling Blue provides FS1 for MLS and Bundesliga matches, NBCSN for Premier League matches, and NFL Network for fans of the other kind of football. Sling Orange has ESPN and ESPN2 for MLS, USMNT, and USWNT fans, as well as those who want to catch international matchups. The World Sports package includes BeIN Sports and La Liga action for $10 a month. Completists will want FS2 through the Sling Blue Sports Extra package for just $10 a month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.
Currently, Sling is also run-in a promotion that allows folks who want to dip their toes in the world of online Live TV streaming to try its service during primetime with its Happy Hour Across America promotion. From the hours of 5pm to midnight, Sling will be totally free. For more information, check out the full offer details.
FuboTV was created with soccer fans in mind; there’s even original content catering to that dedicated group. Whether you’re an MLS or Bundesliga fan checking out the action on FS1 and FS2, a Liga MX or El Tri fan tuning into TUDN, a La Liga fan tuning into BeIN Sports, or a Premier League fan rising early with NBCSN, Fubo delivers the beautiful game.
If you’re looking primarily for Spanish-language coverage from TUDN, TyC, and GolTV, as well as both the English and Spanish-language versions of BeIN Sports, you might consider Fubo Español. It provides access to La Liga, Concacaf Champions League, Copa Libertadores, and more.
Fanatiz is a streaming service created specifically for the soccer fan. Fanatiz carries La Liga and Ligue 1 action via BeIN Sports. (As soccer fans know, BeIN is essential yet absent from most of the big streaming services.) Fanatiz also carries Gol TV and TyC Sports, giving access to competitions like the CAF Confederations Cup, the Copa Libertadores, the Copa Sudamericana, and the Copa del Rey. Plus, it has additional content that will appeal to Boca Juniors and Real Madrid fans in particular.
Plus, there’s a daily pass option, so if you’re just trying to catch an El Clasico or Madrid Derby match, you can pay $4.99 and have access for a 24-hour period.
The 2019-20 FC Barcelona Season: How Is Barcelona Doing?
- Barcelona is currently in first place in La Liga, with a two point lead over El Clasico rivals Real Madrid. A win on Friday would put Barcelona five points ahead of Real before Los Blancos match on Sunday against Real Sociedad.
- Champions League play is on hold until August, but Barcelona got a 1-1 draw in the Round of 16 first leg at Napoli, which was held back on Feb. 25. Arturo Vidal was sent off in the first leg after getting his second yellow card, and will be suspended for the second leg in Barcelona on August 7th.
- Barcelona was knocked out of the Copa del Rey in the quarterfinals, losing 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao on Feb. 6.
- Barcelona lost 3-2 to Atletico Madrid in the Supercopa de España semifinals, which was held Jan. 9 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Barcelona Injury Report
|Ousmane Dembélé||Hamstring||August 4|
|Sergi Roberto||Fractured Rib||June 25|
|Frenkie de Jong||Calf Issues||Unknown|
Barcelona top scorers
(La Liga + Champions League, 2019-20 season)
- Lionel Messi, 23 goals, 17 assists
- Luis Suárez, 14 goals, 11 assists
- Antoine Griezmann, 10 goals, 4 assists
- Arturo Vidal, 7 goals, 3 assists
- Ansu Fati, 6 goals, 1 assist
La Liga Table (updated June 17)
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*First Published: Jun 19, 2020, 5:48 am
Phil West is a veteran professional writer and editor, and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.