Ernesto Valverde‘s men are heading towards an important part of the season where titles are decided and are in contention to win the treble. But Sevilla will put them to the test.
Here’s a look at some key stats and facts ahead of the game.
– Sevilla have only won one of their last 21 games against Barcelona in La Liga (D4 L16), 2-1 in October 2015, keeping a clean sheet only once.
– Sevilla have conceded at least one goal in each of their last 14 home games in La Liga against Barcelona, their longest run of conceding against Barcelona in the competition.
– Sevilla have won only two of their six home league games under Montella (D1 L3); they hadn’t lost at all in their previous 21 (eight under Berizzo, 13 under Sampaoli).
– Sevilla’s 45 points after 29 La Liga MDs is their worst haul at this stage in the last five seasons.
– Barcelona have gone 36 consecutive games without losing in La Liga, only two away from Real Sociedad’s record in 1979/80 while they have only failed to score in one of them (0-0 vs Getafe in February).
– Barcelona have hit the woodwork 29 times in La Liga this season, more than any other big five European league team.
– Paco Alcácer, who scored in his last league appearance, bagged his last brace in the competition against Sevilla last November.
– Sevilla are the La Liga team who Leo Messi has scored the joint-most goals against (23, alongside Atletico Madrid), however only eight of them have come at Ramon-Sanchez-Pizjuán.
– Messi failed to score in the reverse fixture against Sevilla at Camp Nou; he has never failed to score in two games in a La Liga season versus Sevilla.
– Ernesto Valverde has won only one of his 10 away games in his La Liga managerial career against Sevilla (D1 L8), as an Espanyol manager.
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