Barca Could Double Their Pleasure Against Sevilla

Gabe Morency

Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:44 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018 10:44 PM UTC

Barcelona are certain to win La Liga and they could complete the double when the face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday. Ernesto Valverde’s men have not lost a single game in.
<p>Barcelona are certain to win La Liga and they could complete the double when the face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday. Ernesto Valverde’s men have not lost a single game in the league all season, and they are the clear favourites to secure victory in this game. They are 35 points and six places above Sevilla in the table and they are expected to run rings around Vincenzo Montella’s struggling side. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will be a real handful, as always, and Barca have a far better team on paper, so they should be lifting the trophy on Saturday night.</p><p>Sevilla held Barcelona to a 2-2 draw at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium on March 31, but Barca won the previous five meetings between these two sides. They have not lost to Sevilla since 2015, so they should go into this game full of confidence. They will be bitterly disappointed by the nature of their Champions League exit at the hands of Roma, but that leaves them free to focus on domestic competition. They are on the verge of becoming the first ever Spanish Invincibles, finishing a league campaign without being defeated, and they can cap a fine season by seizing the Copa del Rey.</p><p>They are best priced at 1/2 with William Hill to win the game and that looks like an attractive set of odds. It definitely looks like a good one to put in an accumulator, as Sevilla are in poor form. They have gone seven games without a win, a run stretching back more than a month, and in that time they have been given three red cards, lost 4-0 to Celta Vigo and drawn 0-0 with relegation threatened Deportivo. Montella’s job is at risk, and he has only been there a few months. All in all, it has been a pretty torrid season for Sevilla. But they do occasionally produce a dogged performance.</p><p>They did well to hold Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd to a 0-0 draw at home in the last 16 of the Champions League, and raised eyebrows across Europe by winning the second leg 2-1 at Old Trafford. They succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, and they were expected to be obliterated by the German champions at Allianz Arena, but they held on for a 0-0 draw and earned a great deal of respect in the process.</p><p>For that reason, this might not turn out to be a goal fest. You can therefore seek more value by seeking out a bet like Barcelona to win and "under" 4.5 goals, which is priced at a tempting 9/10 with Betfred. All of Barcelona’s last seven games against Sevilla have seen less than 4.5 goals, and they have won six of them, so it looks like a really good option. It will take place at a neutral venue, the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, so nobody will gain any sort of home advantage, and you would expect Barcelona’s superior quality to tell on the day.</p><p>Messi will be keen to shine on the big stage once more, after watching his fierce rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, grab all manner of headlines through his Champions League exploits. They are neck and neck with five Ballon d’Or titles apiece, and whoever wins this year’s will move clear at the top of the all-time stakes. This will be a chance for the Argentinean to win silverware and bolster his claim for individual honours, and he looks a good bet at 11/4 with 888 Sport to score first in this game. He is certainly more than capable of producing a moment of individual brilliance that can unlock a tight Sevilla defence.</p>
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