Barcelona will return to La Liga action on Saturday to take on Sevilla in a matchup of two clubs going in opposite directions.
Barcelona will look to bounce back after suffering a tough 2-0 loss at the hands of A.C. Milan that has put its Champions League hopes in serious jeopardy.
The Blaugrana currently sit atop La Liga standings with 65 points and are far ahead of Atlético de Madrid, who own 53 points in second place. Barcelona has two wins, two draws and a loss in its last five matches.
On the flip side, Sevilla is far down the La Liga standings with just 32 points and won't be making any major impact this season. Sevilla has enjoyed three wins in its last five matches with two losses sprinkled in between.
Barcelona has owned Sevilla in the pair's last five La Liga matches as the Blaugrana have been victorious in three of them, while the worst result has been two draws.
Let's take a look at the viewing information for this match and who the key players are to watch.
When: Saturday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. ET
Where: Estadio Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
Watch: Sky Sports 4 HD (Check local listings)
Live Stream: Sky.com
Key Injuries (per Goal.com)
David Villa (Kidney stones, expected to play)
Adriano (Hamstring, doubtful)
Eric Abidal (Liver transplant, declared fit to play)
Andres Palop (Out)
Diego Perotti (Out)
Piotr Trochowski (Out)
Emir Spahic (Out, suspension)
Key Players to Watch
At this very moment, Messi is the undisputed greatest goal scorer on the planet and it isn't even close. Messi leads all La Liga players with 37 goals on the season and the next closest player is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has netted 24.
Adding to his incredible play, Messi has scored a goal in each of his last 14 La Liga contests, which is a record.
There's no question Barcelona's offense goes through Messi and he is their most important player. Not only can he put the ball in the net even though opposing defenses know he's coming, but he also commands a ton of attention that can open things up for his teammates.
It remains to be seen if he can keep his amazing streak going, but at the very least he'll create some scoring opportunities for his mates.
Fàbregas has been a big part of Barcelona's offense this season.
Not only has he netted six goals thus far, but Fàbregas has also helped out on another 10.
Fàbregas' main focus in this match will be to set his teammates up for easy scoring chances, but he will also be tasked with being a secondary scoring option should Sevilla's defense be successful in shutting down Messi.
The sheer threat of Fàbregas scoring will no doubt help relieve some of the pressure Messi will face.
With most of Sevilla's top goal scorers resting in this match ahead of Wednesday's Copa Del Rey match, Fazio will be an important part of what his club does on both offense and defense.
Fazio has netted three goals in 17 matches this season, but it's been quite some time since he's found the back of the net, with his last goals coming against Real Betis last November.
More importantly, Fazio must play lockdown defense on some of Barcelona's best offensive players throughout this contest in order to keep his club in contention.
If Sevilla hopes to match the high-powered Barcelona offense, Fazio must get it going for Sevilla on both sides of the ball.
Another important part of Sevilla's match with Barcelona will be how well their goalkeeper performs in net.
Beto will be tasked with shutting down Barcelona in this match and he should face plenty of shots on net. In three starts this season, Beto has a goals against average of two and has notched 13 saves in 19 chances.
Granted, the Sevilla defense must help make things easier for Beto, but that isn't likely to happen and it will take a sensational effort from the Sevilla goalkeeper to keep his club competitive against the class of La Liga.
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