Improving Sevilla 6/1 to halt Barcelona’s title charge

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Barcelona have struck nine times without reply in their last two meetings with top-six hopefuls Sevilla but don’t write off Gregorio Manzano’s side’s chances of taking revenge with home advantage on Sunday evening at 6/1.

The Rojiblancos beat the champions at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in August and are also the only club to have denied Barcelona domestic silverware since Pep Guardiola’s arrival, eliminating them from last season’s Copa del Rey.

Sevilla head into the fixture on something of a low after losing to rivals for Europa League qualification Athletic Bilbao last week, however they have won three of their last four as hosts and keeping three successive clean sheets.

The Andalusian team are 13/2 to manage another, though given the fact Barcelona have been shut out in just one of their last 41 games, 15/8 on them scoring under 1.5 goals – as they have in three of their last four on the road – is more appealing.

Barcelona backers meanwhile will point to their run of five successive victories in all competitions as proof that they should be backed at 4/9.

That encounter is live on Sky Sports 1 at 8pm, while two hours earlier Villarreal and Sporting Gijon collide in a match likely to have implications at both ends of the table.

Villarreal’s bid to qualify for the Champions League has been hindered recently by a series of disappointing results but their heroic 3-2 Europa League triumph at Bayer Leverkusen in midweek will provide a huge boost to morale.

Sporting Gijon moved clear of the drop zone by beating Getafe yet have won only once away while their opponents have taken all three points in 11 of their 14 at El Madrigal. Expect the home side to lead at half-time and full-time at 11/10.

A £25 double on under 1.5 Barcelona goals and Villarreal/Villarreal would provide a £125.75 profit. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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Craig Kemp

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