Two of La Liga’s top four meet on Wednesday evening as Sevilla make the daunting trip to the Nou Camp to face Barcelona.
Barcelona eased past Granada on Sunday evening, winning 4-1 without the suspended Lionel Messi.
Sevilla have struggled in recent weeks and were held to a goalless draw at home by lowly Sporting Gijon and have now dropped below Atletico Madrid.
La Liga form: Barcelona W4 D0 L1; Sevilla W1 D3 L1
La Liga top scorers
Barcelona – Lionel Messi 25 goals
Sevilla – Wissam Ben Yedder 9 goals
The pair have already met three times this season, with the pair going head to head in the Supercopa de Espana, with Barcelona winning both fixtures.
The league fixture also went the way of Barcelona, as goals from Messi and Luis Suarez helped them recover from a goal down.
Last five meetings
Sevilla 1 Barcelona 2 – 06/11/16
Barcelona 3 Sevilla 0 – 17/08/16
Sevilla 0 Barcelona 2 – 14/08/16
Barcelona 2 Sevilla 0 – 22/05/16
Barcelona 2 Sevilla 1 – 28/02/16
Messi returns from a ban and will return to the starting XI on Wednesday evening.
Rafinha and Arda Turan remain injured for the hosts.
Sergio Escudero is back following suspension and is set to start from left-back.
Stevan Jovetic has shaken off an injury problem but his return could well be from the bench.
Expected starting XI’s
Barcelona (3-4-3): Ter Stegen; Umtiti, Pique, Mascherano; Rakitic, Busquets, D. Suarez, Iniesta; Messi, L. Suarez, Neymar
Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Rico; Mariano, Lenglet, Pareja, Escudero; N’Zonzi, Iborra; Sarabia, Nasri, Vitolo; Yedder
Result: Barcelona (2/7 with William Hill)
Correct Score: 3-1 (10/1 with Bet Victor)
Anytime Goalscorer: Luis Suarez (8/15 with William Hill)