The game which sees the two finalists of this season’ s European Supercup, which ended 5-4 to Barcelona, go head to head once again, as Barca travel to Sevilla without three key players though injury. On the second matchday of Champions League group stage, the Spaniards lost with 2-0 after Alvaro Morata and Simone Zaza scored the goals for the Italian club. Atletico, the 2014 champions, are fifth on 12 points. Luis Enrique’s side showed admirable character in coming from behind to beat Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League in the absence of the talismanic Argentine.
Sevilla have been struggling defensively in the league, letting in 10 goals in their first six fixtures while keeping just one clean sheet so far – only Granada have failed to keep their opponents out more often.
After this weekend’s action, there is a two-week break for internationals before Barca host Rayo Vallecano on October 17.
However, they still have one of the best teams in the world with stars like Neymar who constantly threaten defences and solid midfielders like Ivan Rakitic.
“[Bravo] has already trained with the team”, Luis Enrique said. Luis Suarez and Neymar are the team’s top scorers so far, having each netted three goals so far this season. Barcelona are also trying to hold off Real Madrid and Celta de Vigo who are only one point behind them.
Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha remain sidelined with calf and cruciate knee ligament injuries respectively.
The club are yet to issue an update on Iniesta, but with an apparent hamstring problem forcing him off on Tuesday, it seems unlikely that he will be ready to play on Saturday.
Last year’s La Liga first choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has recovered from injury and is ready to challenge under pressure Marc Andre ter Stegen for a starting spot.
The home side should have Vitolo and Fernando Llorente available again. The duo missed last Saturday ” s win over Rayo and were rested against Juve to ensure full fitness for Barca’s trip.
At the opposite ends of the table, Barcelona and Sevilla clash at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the Spanish La Liga.