Sevilla FC vs. Barcelona: Preview, Live Stream, Start Time and More

Josh Martin@@JoshMartinNBANBA Lead WriterMarch 15, 2012

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 22:  Cesc Fabregas of FC Barcelona encourage his teammate Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona before shooting a penalty during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on October 22, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The time for error and missed opportunities is long past for Barcelona, who will be gunning for three points against Sevilla as they look to catch Real Madrid and capture their fourth consecutive La Liga title. Los Rojiblancos are fresh off a 1-0 loss at Sporting Gijon, while the Blaugrana ran past Racing Santander 2-0, behind two more goals from the magisterial Lionel Messi.

These two clubs played to a scoreless draw back in October.

Where: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain

When: Saturday, March 17th at 3:00 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN Deportes, Sky Sports 4/HD, Canal+ Liga/HD, Sport TV2, Canal+ Sport, TEN Action+, Canal+ Sport 1, SuperSport 7, SuperSport HD 2, SuperSport Maximo 2, ESPN Pacific Rim, Arena Sport 3 Serbia, Sport 2 Hungary, TV+ Bulgaria

Live Stream: ESPN3

Most Important Player to Watch: Lionel Messi

SANTANDER, SPAIN - MARCH 11:  Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's 2nd goal during the La Liga match between Real Racing Club and Barcelona at El Sardinero on March 11, 2012 in Santander, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images
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Lionel Messi may (or may not) have a ways to go before he can be considered the greatest ever, but there's little doubt that he's the best player on the planet right now. The Argentinian maestro has already racked up 50 goals in 43 appearances across all competitions, including 30 in the Primera Division.

Don't be surprised if Messi notches another double (or even a treble) against Sevilla, seeing as how he's picked up 13 goals in 16 career matches against Los Rojiblancos.

Key Matchup: Messi vs. Sevilla's Back Line

Sevilla's only hope for victory lies with their ability to contain the incomparable King Leo. Stopping Messi doesn't guarantee points for the Sevillistas, not with stars like Cesc Fabregas, Xavi and Alexis Sanchez also on the attack.

But if Sevilla doesn't...well, then they might as well not set foot on the pitch at all.

What They're Saying

PAMPLONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 11:  Eric Abidal of FC Barcelona looks on during the warm up prior to the La Liga match between CA Osasuna and FC Barcelona at the Reyno de Navarra Stadium on February 11, 2012 in Pamplona, Spain. CA Osasuna won 3-2.  (Photo by
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Barca suffered a crushing blow on Thursday with the announcement that Eric Abidal will undergo a liver transplant. The 32-year-old French defender underwent surgery on his liver last year to remove a tumor.

Said captain Carles Puyol of Abidal's latest health concern:

"We had a meeting minutes before going on to the pitch. It was a rude awakening. Eric was at the meeting. We then talked to him, and logically that stays in the dressing room.

"It is him who encourages us. His attitude is an example. We are confident that he will come out of this. We will give him all the strength we have and we will support him and his family. I am convinced that soon he will be fine.

"He is very strong, he showed that last season and will prove it again. It's a major blow. We had the news last season and now we get it again. But this will make us even stronger."

Prediction: Barcelona 3, Sevilla 0

No more screwing around for Barcelona. The Blaugrana will take their three points and keep their fingers crossed that Real Madrid trips up against Malaga.


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