Brace yourself for the clash of top two La Liga teams. Defending champions Barcelona to welcome Sevilla at their home ground for the first leg of La Liga. Sevilla are leading the league after four back to back victories in the league. Barca has drawn three of their last four league games and have not tasted a win in this competition since 15 September. Head coach Valverde will again be without Samuel Umtiti as the Frenchman continues his recovery from a knee injury.
Barcelona vs Sevilla Indian Time [IST] La Liga
According to Indian Standard Time [IST], Barca vs Sevilla will start at 12:15 am on 21 October 2018 [Monday morning]. Having a seating capacity of 45,000 spectators, Stade Ibn Batouta will host this game.
|Competition||La Lga 2018-19|
|Date||21 October 2018 [India]|
|Time||12:15 am [Indian Standard Time]|
|Seating capacity||99,354 spectators|
Barcelona Vs Sevilla 2018 La Liga Telecast in India
Live broadcast on Sony Ten 2
Indian sports channel Sony Ten 2 is expected to provide the live coverage of Barcelona vs Sevilla on Indian television.
Barcelona Vs Sevilla Match Preview
Current form in all competition [including friendlies]
Despite the current form of Barcelona in the domestic league, the Catalans are still favourite to win the league. Win at the Camp Nou will take them back to the top spot.
On loan from AC Milan, Andre Silva is one of the most used and versatile Sevilla players this season. The Portuguese have netted 7 goals so far in this competition and his teammate Wissam Ben Yedder scored 5 times.
World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti will again miss the La Liga game which means the defender is expected to start against the club he left during the summer.
Barcelona have scored most goals in La Liga 2018-19  with just one more goal than goals scored by Sevilla. So we can expect some goals in this meeting.
Both teams have already met this season during the Supercopa de Espana when Barca won the title with a 2-1 win. Their last La Liga match-up brought a 2-2 draw at the Estadio Ramon in March, but Barcelona ran out 2-1 winners at Camp Nou.
Philippe Coutinho is expected to get the nod although the Brazilian is versatile enough to start in the midfield, meaning Arthur would have to be content with a spot on the bench.
Possible starting lineups
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Coutinho, Suarez, Messi
Sevilla: Vaclik; Gomes, Kjaer, Carrico; Vidal, Banega, Vasquez, Sarabia, Navas; Ben Yedder, Silva.