The La Liga title race is suddenly more interesting than in the last few weeks. After Barcelona destroyed Real Madrid in the last matchday before the international break, everything seems more open than the week prior to that. Real Madrid is still massively ahead, but other teams might be able to use the lack of confidence shown by Real Madrid to capitalize and possibly join the title fight. In line with that, we will witness a truly huge game at the iconic Camp Nou, where Barcelona will host Sevilla this Sunday. This game can have huge implications on the future of the La Liga title race, as Barcelona fought off a tough start to really join the top three of the league. Sevilla, on the other hand, slowed down in recent weeks but can regain some momentum with a win.
Barcelona has, together with Juventus, the best form in the top five European leagues. Since Xavi took over as coach in November, Barcelona has four draws and only one loss. As mentioned above, they just passed the biggest test in Spain, beating their biggest rivals Real Madrid away at the Santiago Bernabeu by four goals, reminding us of the incredible Barcelona squads from the end of the 2000s. However, that was not just a one-off win, but rather a result of work put in by the players, led by Xavi as the coach. Now, they have a ton of confidence, another game that they could use as a confidence booster for their young players, and a realistic shot at challenging Real Madrid for the La Liga title they have not won since 2019.
Sevilla, on the other hand, is not in the greatest of forms coming into this game. Julien Lopetegui-led team has been great for most of the season, keeping in touch with Real Madrid at the top of the table. They truly filled the gap left by Barcelona’s poor start, but it seems like they do not have the manpower to keep their high level of play for the entire season. The biggest Andalusian club has just two wins in their last nine games. It is true that they have not lost since November of 2021 when they were beaten by Real Madrid with an 87th-minute Vinicius Jr goal, but they have also been drawing a ton of games, including a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan against Barcelona in late December. If anyone needs this win for confidence, that is Sevilla.
With all that out of the way, here are all the details you need for Sunday’s huge La Liga derby match featuring Barcelona and Sevilla including kickoff time, predictions, tv channel, live streaming info, and more.
Barcelona vs Sevilla start time and TV channel
What time does the game start?
The game is set to kick off at 3:00 PM EST on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022.
Where is the game being played?
The match will take place at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain.
How to watch or live stream?
The match will be broadcast via ESPN+. Live streams can be accessed via ESPN+.
Barcelona vs Sevilla Predictions
As said multiple times above, this is truly a huge game. If we take a look at the La Liga table, Barcelona has a game in hand and is just three points behind Sevilla. Their game in hand is versus Rayo Vallecano, scheduled to be on the 21st of April, but with recent form and depending on this game, Barcelona could overtake Sevilla even sooner than the game in hand they have to play. If they manage to win this clash, the Catalans will be ahead of Sevilla and they will take over the second place on the La Liga table since they would have a better head-to-head record. Also, they would be keeping up with Real Madrid, as they have a game to play versus Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon.
In terms of team selection and how that could impact the game, the only true omissions out of the Barcelona squad are Ansu Fati and Sergino Dest. Fati is likely going to miss much of the rest of the season, as his chronic knee issues are not a good sign for the future of Barcelona. Also, Samuel Umtiti and Sergi Roberto are also out, but they would likely not feature in the team regardless of their injury status. For Sevilla, however, the injury list is almost incredibly long. They will be without the services of Rafa Mir, Alejandro Gomez, Thomas Delaney, Marcos Acuna, Suso, Karim Rekik, and Yassine Bounou, among others. All of these players feature for Sevilla when fit, so it will be a tough task for their replacements.
With everything in mind, this should be an easy Barcelona win. Playing in front of the Camp Nou, with their opposition missing a ton of players, and with Barcelona’s form, the Catalans should be winning without many issues. Of course, Sevilla could hope for a draw, a huge result away from home, or to even sneak away a win, but that just does not sound realistic. Barcelona is likely going to win this game without much struggle.