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Coutinho and Jordi Alba celebrate a goal at the Camp Nou

Coutinho and Jordi Alba are part of the squad travelling to Seville | MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

A win in Seville is important for Barça as they seek to keep a minimum of 11 points between themselves and Atlético Madrid, whilst their hosts will stay firmly in the Europa League spots with the three points.

If Ernesto Valverde’s side don't lose in Andalusia, they’ll be just one game away from equalling Real Sociedad’s all-time Spanish top-flight record of 38 consecutive games unbeaten.

Team News

Pablo Sarabia is suspended for the hosts, but they are able to call upon Jesús Navas for the first time since February. Miguel Layún only returned from international duty late on Thursday, so coach Vincenzo Montella will make a late decision as to his inclusion.

Both Sergio Busquets and Lucas Digne are out through injury but Ernesto Valverde does have Nelson Semedo and Denis Suárez available again after the pair were given medical clearance. Aleix Vidal and Yerry Mina have been left out because of the coach's decision. The full squad of 18 players is therefore as follows: Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Denis Suárez, A. Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, O. Dembélé, Cillessen, Coutinho, Paulinho, Paco Alcácer, Jordi Alba, S. Roberto, André Gomes, Umtiti and Vermaelen.

Coaches’ viewpoints

Knowing that the Blaugrana like to have possession of the ball, Montella suggested his team needed to change that particular dynamic. “We will play our way, with our characteristics, and we will try to have possession of the ball as much as possible. If they have it, it will be more complicated for us,” he said.

For his part, Ernesto Valverde was only too aware of the magnitude of the fixture saying: "It's a key game. It's a very difficult stadium and a win would be very favourable to our aim of winning the title. We have to compete, and we will have to work as we have done throughout the season to get the three points.” 

Form Guide

The Andalusians have lost three out of the last five games including two at home. By contrast, Barça have won four of their last five and drawn the other.

History

Traditionally a happy hunting ground for the Blaugrana, the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán has only seen one Sevilla win since 2007/08, and just three this century. Four games since 2000 have been drawn with Barça winning nine.

Coverage

The game will be broadcast on numerous channels around the world but if for whatever reason, you can’t get to see the game, you could try listening instead to our live English commentary on Radio Barça (the link will appear on the home page shortly before kick-off), or checking our official Twitter account.

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