Two European Champions are going head to head tonight as last season’s UEFA Champions League winner FC Barcelona face Sevilla who won UEFA Europa League last season in UEFA Super Cup. The match is going to take place at Tbilisi in Georgia.
Both coaches have plenty of tactical decisions to make due to injuries to key players, and their Tuesday lineups may not reflect what we see for the rest of the season.
Here are the predicted line ups from Luis Enrique and Emery Unai:
First we are predicting Barcelona’s line up. Key absentees for Luis Enrique are Jordi Alba, Adriano and Neymar. With both left backs injured Mathieu will play as the left back.
Superstar forward Neymar Jr. was diagnosed with parotitis, and the disease will sideline him for two weeks. Thankfully, Enrique is not short on attacking options with Pedro Rodríguez still on the squad despite rumors of a move away from Camp Nou.
Here is the predicted Barcelona line up:
Now, let’s see how Sevilla looking ahead of the big all Spanish encounter. After a wave of transfers and a big squad transformation, Sevilla has been hit with plenty of injuries, most of them on defense, perhaps the most critical part of a scheme for a match against Barcelona.
All three top center-back options, Adil Rami, Timothée Kolodziejczak and Daniel Carriço are all out, which forces a total reshuffle of his defensive system. Midfielder Krychowiak and right-back Coke will need to fill in in the middle, and that means backup players will have to play on their original positions, which weakens the side.
However, the attack still looks sharp despite the departure Carlos Bacca. Ukrainian wizard Konoplyanka is all set to fire for the back to back Europa winners.
Here is the predicted Sevilla line up:
Predictios: The weakened Sevilla defense is unlikely to cope up with Barcelona’s attack. A 3-1 win for Luis Enrique’s side is our prediction.
Barcelona win @1.33
Draw after normal time @5.50
Sevilla win @8.50