This biggest La Liga clash of the weekend is set for late on Friday when first-place Barcelona takes on third-place Sevilla under the lights in Seville with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez starting. Barca is the favorite but Sevilla has been strong at home, taking care of rival Real Betis in their last home match on June 11. Barca can move back to its five-point cushion with a victory here while anything but a win could see Real Madrid jump them on Sunday.
Here's how you can watch the match and what to know:
- Date: Friday, June 19
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
- Location: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan -- Seville, Spain
- TV: beIN Sports
- Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
- Odds: Barcelona -110; Draw +270; Sevilla +290 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
Barca: Barca hasn't conceded a goal in its first two games since the break and has looked sharp. That's also been with a mix of defenders. In the last two games, Barca has been able to dominate the middle of the field and has only allowed five shots on goal. Sevilla has some speed and poses more of a threat, but don't be shocked if Barca runs away with this one by once again controlling the game for the majority of the 90 minutes against a team that likes to get forward quickly.
Sevilla: The hosts will look at this game as a huge opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the way, but they have to apply pressure. Barca had 75 percent possession against Leganes on Tuesday, and if that happens against Sevilla, a draw will be hard to come by. The set pieces will be crucial here, especially the inswinging crosses that are low that can give Barca trouble.
Barca vs. Sevilla prediction
Barca makes it three straight wins coming out of the break, with Messi scoring again. Pick: Barca 2, Sevilla 0