SEVILLA FC (3rd) vs. BARCELONA (1st)
1600 EST / 2200 CET / 0600 AEST
Dropping the two extra points at Levante has Sevilla FC in a bit of a pickle heading into the match with Barcelona. Atlético Madrid won their match against Osasuna in commanding fashion 0-5 and sit 2 points behind Sevilla for third place heading in to matchday 30. The match today against Barcelona has gained some importance to try for at least a draw to help maintain pace as Atlético have a fairly mundane match against Valladolid tomorrow.
Barcelona comes into the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán having won their last three matches and find themselves in a tight battle for the league title. Real Madrid is only 2 points behind the league leaders and hold the tie breaker. Barcelona come in to the match a little banged up as they will be without Frenkie De Jong and Sergi Roberto. Umtiti will also miss the match due to suspension for yellow card accumulation.
Sevilla will be at full strength, minus Nolito who found himself with a rare non-transfer window move to Celta Vigo. This will be Sevilla’s third match in eight days so I imagine there will be some tired legs if Lopetegui decides to rely on some of the heavily used players such as Ocampos, De Jong, Diego Carlos, Kounde and Jesus Navas.