Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Barcelona and Sevilla square off against each other at Estadio Olimpico in the opening match of the La Liga round 8. Barca dropped two points in a 2-2 draw with Mallorca, but it has to be noted that key attacker Robert Lewandowski was rested in the midweek clash. The Poland superstar returns to the starting XI, while both Frenkie De Jong and Pedri remain in the recovery room. Former Man City forward Ferran Torres should drop to the bench following yet another under-par performance.
Los Sevillanos, on the other hand, produced their best display of the season in the Andalusian derby, with the team crushing Almeria 5-1 on home soil. Jose Luis Mendilibar’s troops, though, are not regarded as good travellers and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting Barca, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home. Rafa Mir is widely expected to replace Youssef En-Nesyri in the starting XI as the later limped off with injury in the last league match.
Highlighted Player (Robert Lewandowski):
After scoring 36 goals in 59 league games for Znicz Pruskow, Robert Lewandowski joined Lech Poznan in June, 2008. The 184-cm-tall attacker scored 18 goals in 28 appearances for the club in the 2009/2010 Ekstraklasa campaign and during the season he was on Borussia Dortmund’s radar.
The Polish forward signed a four-year deal with the Bundesliga side in June, 2010 and he quickly established himself as the team’s key attacker. Lewandowski was producing excellent performances with the Millionaires between 2010 and 2014 and it has to be noted that he won two Bundesliga trophies with the club (2010/2011, 2011/2012). He participated in the 2012/2013 Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund, but the Millionaires were beaten by fellow Bundesliga side Bayern Munich in the title game.
However, he betrayed Borussia Dortmund fans in 2014 as he signed a four-year deal with the Bundesliga giants. Lewandowski impressed in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign as he scored 30 goals in 32 league games for Pep Guardiola’s troops. The Polish footballer represented his homeland at Euro 2016 in France and he scored one goal at the showpiece tournament in France.
Highlighted Team (Sevilla):
Sevilla Futbol Club is a Spanish football club from the city Andalucia. The club is playing in the Spanish Primera Division and is playing his home games in Estadio Ramo Sanchez Pizjuan. An impressive venue with the capacity to hold 45 500 football fans. The biggest rival of Sevilla FC is city rival Real Betis Sevilla.The current second team of Sevilla is called Sevilla Atletico and is playing in the Segunda Division B. Nicknames for Sevilla are Los nervionenses and Los Rojiblancos.
Sevilla won the Spanish title once in 1946. In Spain Sevilla won the Copa del Rey 4 times. In European competitions the team had more success. The club managed to win the Europa League 4 times and is currently the most successful club in the Europa League.
The most remarkable players that played for Sevilla FC are: Suker, Zamorano, Alves, Ramos, Rakitic and the legendary Diego Maradona.