Tuesday, August 11, 2015

FC Barcelona vs Sevilla UEFA Super Cup - August 11, 2015

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FC Barcelona vs Sevilla
Competition: UEFA Super Cup
Match date: 11 August 2015
Kick Off Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Boris Paichadzis Erovnuli Stadioni, Tbilisi 

Barcelona team enjoyed a memorable season under Enrique last year as they won La Liga title, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. During the pre-season, the Blaugrana contested the ICC through the summer, last time out they beat AS Roma 3-0 but lost to Man United and Fiorentina. They drew against Chelsea in the same competition, losing on penalties against Mourinho's men.
Luis Enrique will not have access to new signings Aleix Vidal or Arda Turan until January owing to a transfer embargo while Neymar is out for two weeks because he is ill and suffering from mumps. Jordi Alba pulled up during the Joan Gamper trophy and will be replaced by Jeremy Mathieu.
Sevilla finished only a point outside of qualifying automatically for the UCL in fourth in La Liga but they were the first team in the history of the Europa League to retain the competition twice. Sevilla have lost their top scorer Carlos Bacca, who moved to AC Milan this summer. They replaced the Colombian with the addition of Ciro Immobile on loan from Borussia Dortmund and Yevhen Konoplyanka from Dnipro.
Daniel Carrico and Nico Pareja are both unavailable due to injury problems. Steven N'Zonzi is not travelling with the squad due to illness while Adil Rami and Kolodziejczak are both doubtful. Kevin Gameiro, Ciro Immobile and Jose Antonio Reyes are recovered and could all start the match.
Sevilla contested the Super Cup last season and were soundly beaten by another Spanish side, Real. As to the direct matches, Barcelona have won 11 and drawn 3 of their last 15 against Sevilla. There was a 2-2 draw when these teams met in La Liga in April. Prior to that Barca romped to a 5-1 triumph at Camp Nou in November. The last six meetings have seen 32 goals scored, an average of more than five a game.

Probable lineups
FC Barcelona: ter Stegen – Dani Alves, Pique, Mathieu, Adriano – Busquets, Iniesta, Rakiti? – Messi, Suarez, Pedro.
FC Sevilla: S.Rico – Mariano, Rami, Kolodziejczak, Tremoulinas – Krychowiak, Iborra – Vitolo, Banega, Konoplyanka – Gameiro.

Barcelona last 5 matches:
22/07/15 Barcelona 2 – 1 LA Galaxy
25/07/15 Barcelona 1 – 3 Man United
29/07/15 Chelsea P 2 – 2 Barcelona
02/08/15 Fiorentina 2 – 1 Barcelona
05/08/15 Barcelona 3 – 0 AS Roma

Sevilla last 5 matches:
19/07/15 Sevilla 1 – 1 Alcorcón
25/07/15 Werder Bremen 3 – 1 Sevilla
26/07/15 Reims 1 – 2 Sevilla
31/07/15 Watford 0 – 1 Sevilla
02/08/15 Brighton 1 – 0 Sevilla

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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