Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi (centre) will return to action for Barcelona after being suspended for the win over Granada Reuters

Barcelona face a tough test against fourth-placed Sevilla at Camp Nou on 5 April.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 6.30pm BST. The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 3 HD.


Goals from Luis Suarez, Paco Alcacer, Ivan Rakitic and Neymar gave Barcelona a 4-1 win at 10-man Granada on 2 April and ensured they remained two points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid. The Catalan giants are on a five-game winning run at Camp Nou in all competitions.

Lionel Messi is available after serving a one-match ban against Granada. Rafinha and Arda Turan are both sidelined through injury.

Sevilla's winless run in La Liga extended to four matches after they were held to a goalless draw by Sporting Gijon at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on 2 April. The Andalusian club have lost 12 of their last 14 meetings with Barcelona across all competitions.

Defender Sergio Escudero returns from suspension for the visitors, but Adil Rami and Michael Krohn-Dehli are both out injured.

What managers say

Luis Enrique: "It's the squad that wins you titles. It's up to us to balance the injuries and suspensions against our fringe players. I'm very proud of Alcacer, I've been praising his attitude all season because he's always there for the team. He's been superb, he's been involved in two goals tonight [against Granada] and he's been a constant threat." [via Marca]

Jorge Sampaoli: "I had a couple of meetings with the president in which we talked about the departure of [sporting director] Monchi and now you will see how the project will be and see if I can do it or not. Now that Monchi is not there, I do not know what path the club will take with his replacement. The leaders will be working to replace the best in the club's history. The departure of Monchi has been a shock for the whole city." [via Goal]

Form guide

  • Barcelona (all competitions): WWLWW
  • Last result: Granada 1-4 Barcelona
  • Sevilla (all competitions): DLLDD
  • Last result: Sevilla 0-0 Sporting Gijon

Betting odds (Betfair)

  • Barcelona win: 1/4
  • Draw: 6/1
  • Sevilla win: 12/1

Team news

Barcelona possible XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Mascherano, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, L Suarez, Neymar

Sevilla possible XI: Rico; Mariano, Pareja, Lenglet, Sarabia; Iborra, N'Zonzi; Vitolo, Correa, Nasri; Ben Yedder