Barcelona vs. Sevilla FC: Complete Preview, Start Time and Schedule

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IOctober 17, 2011

SEVILLE, SPAIN - MARCH 13:  Lionel Messi of Barcelona falls after colliding with goalkeeper Javier Varas of Sevilla during the la Liga match between Sevilla and Barcelona at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on March 13, 2011 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Sevilla will make the trek to Barcelona for a match of La Liga unbeatens.

Even though they are unbeaten, Sevilla has not been spectacular lately. They are 2-0-2 in their last four La Liga matches and have scored just three goals in that stretch.

They are going to have to be much better if they want to take down the defending champions.

Barcelona is currently on a tear. They are 4-0-0 in their last four matches and have outscored their opponents 14-0 in that span.

Where: Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain.

When: Saturday, October 22, 2011 4:00 p.m. EST.

Watch: Sky Sports 4, Sky Sports HD 4, Sport.TV2, SuperSport 3, SuperSport HD 2.

Player to Watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi.

Barcelona has a roster full of ultra-talented players. However, there is only one Messi.

Anytime Messi takes the field, he is worth watching. Chances are you will witness at least one spectacular and unforgettable play if you spend the match watching Messi.

Player to Watch for Sevilla FC: Álvaro Negredo

Negredo is enjoying a fantasic La Liga campaign. The 26-year-old has three goals in six La Liga matches.

He is usually at the center of Sevilla's strikes. He leads the club in shots taken at 16, and has almost three times as many shots on goal at 11 than any other player.

Key Matchup: Lionel Messi vs. Javi Varas

If Sevilla is going to be competitive in this match, then Varas is going to have to come up with some fantastic saves—plenty of which will have to be against Messi.

This is certainly something he is capable of.

Varas has 27 saves on the campaign and has conceded just four goals.

What They're Saying: Cesc Fabregas has this match targeted for his return from a hamstring injury.

"The former Arsenal star picked up a hamstring problem in the build-up to Barcelona's league match against Sporting Gijon on October 2 and has since been working on his recovery."

"Fabregas is expected to resume regular practice sessions on either Monday or Tuesday and could be included in the match squad for the Catalans' next league game."

"Barcelona are currently preparing for the Champions League fixture at home against Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday, but that encounter will come a little too soon for the 24-year-old midfielder."


Score Prediction: Barcelona 3, Sevilla 1.


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