Where to watch Sevilla vs Barcelona live in India? A preview of the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg between the two teams which takes place on Wednesday.
Sevilla will square off against Barcelona at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday, February 10 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final. The game between the two in-form sides is scheduled to kick off at 9:00 PM local time (Thursday, February 11 at 1:30 AM IST). Here’s a look at the Sevilla vs Barcelona team news, live stream details and our prediction ahead of the highly-anticipated contest.
Barcelona visit Sevilla for the first leg tie of their Copa del Rey semi-final match. The Catalan club are on a six-game winning streak in all competitions, while Sevilla have won seven in a row in all tournaments. (More Football News)
Lionel Messi is set to start for Barcelona after being used as a sub during the team’s La Liga win over Real Betis. Coach Ronald Koeman will be without three players because of injuries — Martin Braithwaite, Sergino Dest and Miralem Pjanic.
Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla will be without injured players Lucas Ocampos and Jesus Navas.
Barcelona and Sevilla have met in the 2016 and 2018 Copa del Rey finals, with the former winning both times.
Athletic Bilbao and Levante are other semi-finalists. Bilbao host Levante on Thursday in the first leg tie.
– Barca (13) and Sevilla (9) have played more Copa del Rey semi-finals this century than anyone else.
– But, this is their first semi-final meeting in more than a century. The last time they met in this stage, in 1919, Barca won 7-3 (4-3 and 3-0).
– Messi has scored more goals (37) against Sevilla than any other team.
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Copa del Rey: Sevilla vs Barcelona preview
Sevilla have won their last seven games across all competitions, six of those without conceding. Julen Lopetegui’s men are currently fourth in the LaLiga standings with 41 points from 21 games. Sevilla overcame Leganes in the Round of 32 of the Copa del Rey before easing past Valencia and beating Almeria to book their place in the semi-final of the competition.
On the other hand, Barcelona have also hit a purple patch, winning six league games in a row. Ronald Koeman’s men earned a dramatic 3-2 win over Real Betis over the weekend to keep alive their slim hopes of winning the Spanish league. La Blaugrana needed extra time to overcome Cornella and Granada in two of the previous three rounds of the Copa del Rey, with the other victory in the competition coming against Rayo Vallecano.
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Sevilla vs Barcelona team news, injuries and suspensions
For Sevilla, Ivan Rakitic is available following a one-match suspension. Diego Carlos has also recovered from COVID-19 and is expected to start alongside Jules Konde in the heart of the Sevilla defence.
Barcelona were dealt with another defensive injury blow as Ronald Araujo suffered an ankle injury during the win over Betis. Gerard Pique, Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati are long-term absentees for the Catalan giants. Lionel Messi is likely to partner Antoine Griezmann in attack for Barcelona on Wednesday night.
Sevilla vs Barcelona prediction
Sevilla’s defensive record over the past few weeks has been thoroughly impressive. However, with Lionel Messi in their squad, Barcelona are still favourites to win the first leg of the semi-final. Our prediction for the game, however, is a 1-1 draw.
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Copa del Rey live stream: Where to watch Sevilla vs Barcelona live in India?
There will be no live stream or telecast of the game between Sevilla and Barcelona in India. However, live scores and updates for the game can be found on the Twitter handles of both teams.
In the USA, the Sevilla vs Barcelona live stream will be available on ESPN+.