Barcelona survived another tough test on Wednesday evening, producing a stellar performance in a 1-2 road victory over Real Betis. They have thus kept a five-point lead on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga standings. Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski were on target in the second half for the Catalans in mid-week as Real Betis managed to get just a single shot on target in the 90 minutes of play at their Estadio Benito Villamarin.
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Barcelona now have nine wins on the bounce in all competitions and they will be looking to add to this number on Sunday evening when Sevilla come to visit Spotify Camp Nou in Matchday No 20. Sevilla have had a dreadful campaign in the first half of the season but they at least managed to escape the danger zone with a streak of three victories in the previous four league rounds. The latest came last Saturday in an easy 3-0 drubbing of the rock-bottomed and ten-man Elche side at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Let’s take a look at our top betting picks and predictions and see whether Los Rojiblancos can give Blaugrana a game on Sunday night.
Barcelona vs Sevilla Betting Tips
Barcelona continued with their fantastic defensive displays on Wednesday. Their lone conceded goal against Betis came very late in the match and it was only an own goal scored by Ronald Araujo. Xavi’s men still boast the best defensive record in Spanish top flight by a mile having allowed no more than 7 goals in the inaugural 19 matches. Only one of these seven shipped goals came at Spotify Camp Nou in Barcelona’s nine league games these so far in the season.
Jorge Sampaoli can be satisfied with Sevilla’s recent performances and the fact three wins in the last four games helped the team finally escape the red zone. However, the fact is Los Rojiblancos only took advantage of an easier schedule in January, managing the victories against the likes of Getafe, Cadiz, and Elche along the way, all in front of their fans at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Barcelona have a 19-1 goal difference in 9 La Liga outings at Camp Nou this term
Sevilla have shown significantly weaker performances on the road so far in the season. The fact they have won just two of nine league outings away from home is way below their standard and best shows the state in which the team has been in this term of La Liga. It is interesting to note that eight of nine matches Los Rojiblancos played on the road this term provided goals at both ends. Knowing how lethal Barcelona have been in the final third so far in the campaign, especially at Spotify Camp Nou, we can see plenty of room for the Catalans’ main stars to shine on Sunday. It is very hard to see any other scenario but Blaugrana’s comprehensive victory coming on Sunday night, meaning we will take the 1/1 odds offered for Barcelona to win in -1.5 Asian Handicap.
Lewandowski has 14 goals in 16 La Liga appearances this season
Robert Lewandowski is finally back in action after serving a lengthy red-card suspension. The Polish superstar was on target on Wednesday evening at Estadio Benito Villamarin, marking his 14th goal of the season. The former Bayern Munich forward has scored the first goal of the game 6 times in 16 league appearances so far in the season for Barcelona. Knowing that Sevilla allowed two goals to Girona (La Liga) and Osasuna (Copa del Rey) each in the recent away failures, we expect Lewa to shine on Sunday as well. You can back Robert Lewandowski to score two goals or more in the match at the odds of 33/10.
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