Barcelona vs Sevilla: match preview
The Catalans start their 2018/2019 season in the Spanish Supercopa on Sunday night as they face Sevilla in an unusual one-legged edition of this tournament's final. The game will be played at a neutral venue, namely Tangier, Morocco.
Bleacher Report expert Gianni Verschueren prepares a special preview for this match looking a both Sevilla's and Blaugrana's pre-match form and aims from the game. He starts with Sevilla.
'Sevilla enter Sunday's Super Cup having already played three UEFA Europa League qualifiers and with the return leg against Zalgiris Vilnius still to come. That means Sevilla could rest some key starters in the Super Cup, to the benefit of Barcelona. Unlike the Andalusians, they have yet to play a competitive match, so the Catalans might be a little rusty.'
Then Verschueren returns to Barcelona and claims the Catalans' main focus this summer was to deal with the transfers reasonably. He explains: 'Many of their key players have stayed, and some of the summer signings, most notably Malcolm from Bordeaux, have stood out in pre-season. Despite the lack of match rhythm, the Blaugrana should like their chances.'
Finally, Verschueren recalls the most recent match between the sides: 'The last time these teams met, Barcelona blasted the Andalusians 5-0. It was a one-sided demolition, led by Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, with Philippe Coutinho and Andres Iniesta also getting on the board.'
It has been almost 2 years since the 2016 Spanish Supercopa where Barcelona defeated Sevilla 5-0 in aggregate to win the trophy— Cataloniacs (@Cataloniacs) August 11, 2018
Can the success be replicated against Sevilla in the supercopa again tomorrow? pic.twitter.com/kLzUUQYf4k
Verschueren predicts Blaugrana are going to win 2-0, admitting that 'things should be more evenly matched this time around, with Sevilla already in fine form, but if a few of their starters sit out, Barcelona should still cruise.'
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