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Nov 29, 2008

FC Barcelona's quest for the La Liga title enters a very delicate and important phase with tonight's match against Sevilla. FC Barcelona has been in tremendous form and would be looking to increase their unbeaten record at Sevilla. This has to be Guardiola's buggest test of this season and considering the tough matches which is to follow , a victory at Sevilla would indeed make matters easy. This match has already been billed as the contest between the teams which have the best defensive record and offensive record in the league. Sevilla has let in only eight goals until this seaso; FC Barcelona is not trailing badly here with only conceding nine goals till now. But where Barca's superiority is the amount of goals scored this season; Barca has scored 37 goals to Sevilla's 18. This would be first visit for Keita and Alves who moved from Sevilla to Barcelona this summer. Both the players have been included in the squad along with Toure and Puyol who both were rested. The squad selected by Guardiola is Valdés, Pinto, Henry, Márquez, Xavi, Piqué, Puyol, Cáceres, Sylvinho, Bojan, Eto'o, Messi, Hleb, Dani Alves, Keita, Gudjohnsen, Touré Yaya, Busquets.

Valdes is definite to start the match at Goal. But the defense could be a bit tricky to predict. My prediction would be Puyol and Marquez joining hands in the centre with Alves and Caceres on each side. BUt Guardiola could bring in Pique and move Puyol to left. The midfield cou8ld be quite tricky; Guardiola could be tempted to slot in two defensive minded player to shore up the defense. But my opinion is to put Gudjonsen along with Xavi and Toure in the middle. Now against such tough and important match it should be a child's play to predict the front line - Messi, Eto and Henry. Barca could be seriously tested in today's match but I believe they will prevail and my prediction is 1-3. But it would be very much essesntial for Barca to take the initiative pretty early in the match. They cannot go behind in this match; if that happens we could be chasing the game for majority of the match.

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John said...

Javier SAVIOLA and Lionel MESSI. Two players with different history at Barcelona. Two Argentine players that were on the score sheet in Saturday’s La Liga matches.

I feel happy to see SAVIOLA back in action although it be just temporary until the likes of NISTELROOY and HIGUAIN return from injury. This is a sad reality because I still consider the Rabbit as the one of the most talented players in Argentine football history.

It was a pity he never made it in Barcelona. Imagine what would have been like if both him and MESSI were partnered up front.

I hope during this time he would relish this opportunity to prove his worth at Real Madrid.

As for Lionel, nothing much can be said about him. Over and over again he has done great things and the match against Sevilla is just another night that can be dubbed the MESSI night.

I may not be a Real and Barca fan, but I have tremendous respect for both teams because of the history which filled with gold and glory. I’m looking forward to the Super Clasico made it Spain this season.

Anonymous said...

Sublime Barcelona Defeat Sevilla

All hail to Barcelona

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