Worried by the ever growing loist of injuries, Barca fans finally got some good news. Actually a set of good news. The biggest of all is the fact that Abidal has started his come back to the game and may even feature in late November. The other news were that Iniesta, Puyol and Pique would all could be fit for the first Clasico at the Camp Nou. But that's a week away from now, but tomorrow we will be facing our toughest test yet this season at Sevilla. Last season we won this away fixture 2-0, thanks to the goals from Xavi Hernandez(a brilliant free kick) and an extra-ordinary chip from Lionel Messi. Those two should feature tomorrow night, and we may need similar outstanding goals to see this through. Sevilla has been in some form from the start of the season. They are still unbeaten and has already sunk Real Madrid at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. So this has to be the real test. Add to this the fact that we hate to play Sevilla, a very physical and comptitive side and also add the fact that we may have to field a make shift central defense again - that's a tough task. But then normal reasoning usually does not work with this Golden Generation of footballers. Over the past few years, they have done extremely well at places they where expected to struggle and struggled at places where they were expecting easy victories. Last week's performance against Granada itself could be a prime example for that.
Vilanova has a selection headache all over the pitch. In defense he don't have any traditional central defender barring Bartra. But an away game against Sevilla may not be ideal place to give the youngster a start. But thinking of partnering Song and Mascherano in centre of defense also does not inspire confidence. But we may have no other choice. With no central defenders available it would be too risky to go for a three man defense. Hence in all probability we should see a defense line-up featuring Alves, Song, Mascherano and Adriano. The midfield again should see a selection dilema. Thiago would be a great addition but don't be surprised if Busquets, Xavi and Fabregas feature in the middle. The front line should see Sanches being ommitted and Villa selected. We sould ideally see a front three of Tello, Messi and Villa. As I said earlier this is a very tough task but this team should be able to pass this test. Also the fact that keeping the 8 point lead ahead of the Clasico, should inspire the team.