12th August, 2018
F.C.Barcelona today goes up against Sevilla F.C. in a game that is essentially their very first competitive match in the 2018/2019 Spanish Football Season. Up for grabs this time around is the Prestigious Spanish Super Cup.
F.C.Barcelona are clearly the favorites to win this game but will need to be wary of their opponents who are in it purely on merit.
F.C.Barcelona this time around seem to have really done some smart work in terms of their activities on the transfer market so far and look somewhat well complimented in all the necessary departments of the team.
Even as players like Yerry Mina, Aleix Vidal, Andre Gomes, Lucas Digne and Paulinho left the team for other destinations, they have been adequately replaced by equally if not more solid players of high repute. Barca were able to acquire the services of Clement Lenglet, Arthur, Malcom and Arturo Vidal.
And very importantly, F.C.Barcelona has used the pre-season matches to properly examine the first three of those players (Arturo was signed just recently) in order to access their readiness and ability to fit in to the first team. The result has been very encouraging especially in the case of Malcom and to some extent, Arthur.
The reigning Liga and Copa del Rey champions seem quite set for the beginning of the new season as the rest of the first team squad have since returned to camp from their various holidays and have been training ahead of this game and the LaLiga matches generally.
This match will be the first one in which Barca will be playing at full strength since the end of last season. However, some players will be missing out on this game. Sergi Roberto is suspended for this game, while Denis Suárez and Carlos Aleña are both likely not going to be available. They have been replaced in the team list for this game by the new signings – Vidal, Malcom and Lenglet.
As for the opponents in today’s game, Sevilla F.C., they are surely no push-overs in the Spanish and even the European Soccer circle. They even have the advantage of going into this game in a fitter shape than Barca in the sense that they have been playing competitive football for some time now (friendlies and UEFA Europa League Qualifiers) and so have no extra fat to shake off or anything like that.
Their recent results have also been quite good, although they have mostly faced lesser opponents than Barcelona. They have lost only one of their eight games (between friendlies and EL matches), and have a W6, D1, L1 record for this pre-season period.
They are also coming into this game with some revenge mission on their minds as they were defeated by Barcelona in the Copa del Rey last season (0-5) and now they will have a golden opportunity to avenge that defeat.
The odds are however somewhat stacked against their chances of winning this match considering recent results between these two sides which clearly give Barca an edge. Sevilla have not been able to get a win against the Los Blaugranas in their last nine-games played against one another across all competitions.
As far as Sevilla’s squad is concerned, they have the complement of a full squad with no injuries nor suspensions to report.