Barcelona vs Sevilla predictions and betting tips on February 5, 2023
On February 5, Camp Nou (Barcelona) will host the match of the 20th round of the La Liga, in which Barcelona will compete with Sevilla. The battle will start at 21:00 CET
The team is definitely in a better mood than it was in the autumn. Then, there was a second relegation from the Champions League after the group stage, and a 1-3 score in the battle with Real Madrid in El Clásico. But after those events, “Los Merengues” began to allow a lot of misfires. At the same time, “the Blaugrana” lost only once – that happened in the winter in the very first, New Year’s Eve match in a derby against Espanyol. There was also a 2-2 draw in the struggle with Betis, but there “the Culers” went further by means of penalties and, as a result, won the Super Cup. Moreover, they took revenge with Real Madrid (by the way, this is the first trophy for Xavi in the role of a coach in Catalonia). Speaking about the Primera, there exists a 5-point distance between the clubs, which can be considered a serious advantage according to Spanish standards. To tell the truth, the team overcame a very difficult opponent, Sociedad, in the quarter-finals. Then, there was one more success – a minimal 2-1 victory in the battle with Betis.
The club was showing the real signs of decline about a year ago. Still, no one took care about the higher mentioned fact (moreover, a number of important players, led by Kounde, were sold in the summer), and, as a result, the team failed the start of the new temporada. The replacement of Lopetegui to Sampaoli did not give an instant effect, although Jorge had worked at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in a pretty successful way. However, it turned out to take the 3rd place in the group of the Champions League; thus, the club will start in the play-offs of their “famous” tournament – the Europa League. By that time, “the White Andalusia” had come to life, and even won 3 of 4 previous rounds in the Primera. The calendar was also helpful: the team beat Getafe, Cadiz and Elche; nevertheless, Girona defeated it with a 1-2 score in an away match. At the same time, “the Nervionenses” flew out of the Copa del Rey – Osasuna was stronger in the 1/4 finals.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
Taking into account 5 previous head-to-head matches, Sevilla “caught on” a draw only once. That happened at its home arena in December 2021. The match of the first half of the current draw resulted in the away victory of Barcelona with a 3-0 score.
Bookmakers, taking into account those 5 previous matches, believe that Barcelona will win. But speaking about the little number of goals it has conceded, it’s worth betting on neutral “total: under 3.0” (odd: 1.69).