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How Barcelona could line up against Sevilla

Sports Mole looks at how Barcelona could line up in Saturday's La Liga clash with Sevilla.

One of the most eagerly-anticipated fixtures in the La Liga calendar will take place at the Estadio Ramon this weekend as top-four hopefuls Sevilla host Spanish champions Barcelona.

Barca have been far from their best in recent weeks, but the treble is still very much on for the Catalan giants, who will be looking to stretch their lead at the top of La Liga with a win on Saturday afternoon.

Ernesto Valverde's side currently top the table on 54 points - seven points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid after 24 matches of the 2018-19 campaign.

Barca only just squeezed past Real Valladolid last weekend courtesy of a 1-0 win, though, and will enter this match off the back of a goalless draw away to Lyon in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash.

Here, Sports Mole takes a look at how Barca could line up against Sevilla.


POSS BAR XI vs. SEV

Out: Rafinha (knee), Jasper Cillessen (muscle), Arthur (hamstring), Thomas Vermaelen (calf)
Doubtful: Samuel Umtiti (knee)

Rafinha, Jasper Cillessen, Arthur and Thomas Vermaelen are still unavailable for Barca, but there could be a timely return for Umtiti this weekend.

Umtiti has only played once for Barca since the end of September due to a knee problem, but was back on the bench against Lyon on Tuesday night and could return to the XI at the Estadio Ramon.

Arturo Vidal should return in the middle of the park, meanwhile, taking the place of Sergi Roberto, who will either replace Nelson Semedo at right-back or drop to the bench.

Philippe Coutinho looks likely to be on the bench once again, though, with Ousmane Dembele joining Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in the final third of the field.

Both Luis Suarez and Messi found it difficult to harm Lyon during the week and will therefore be fired up to return to the scoresheet this weekend.

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