So there’s another cup final this weekend……..
Both Barcelona and Sevilla are going for the “double”.
The Catalans pipped arch rivals Real Madrid to the league title thanks to a Luis Suarez hat-trick and 3-0 win at Granada on the final day of the season last weekend. Barcelona’s fifth win in a row ensured they won the championship by one point from runners up Real, who defeated Deportivo La Coruna 2-0. Suarez took his tally to 40 goals. Barca take on a Sevilla side who secured a third consecutive Europa League success on Wednesday night after coming back from a one nil down to beat Liverpool 3-1 in Basel. That triumph prompted Unai Emery, who could attract interest from other European clubs this summer, to commit his future to Sevilla for as long as the club want him
Barcelona have been without the services of injured goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for the last two matches, but even if the Chilean is passed fit, cup stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will start between the sticks. Sevilla, meanwhile, will be without the services of suspended midfielder Steven N’Zonzi. Michael Krohn-Dehli will also miss out with a fractured kneecap and Benoit Tremoulinas with knee ligament damage. Experienced French centre-back Adil Rami, however, has insisted that he will be fit for the final despite suffering a knock against Liverpool in the Europa League final.
Gameiro is likely to lead the line, a man who ha scored 25 times in all competitions this season, ahead of Fernando Llorente. Sergio Rico, however, will return between the sticks to take the place of European goalkeeper David Soria.
Barcelona possible starting lineup
Ter Stegen; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Neymar, Suarez, Messi
Sevilla possible starting lineup
Rico; Mariano, Rami, Carrico, Escudero; Krychowiak, Iborra; Vitolo, Banega, Coke; Gameiro
I’m going for a tight game in which Barcelona take an early lead and hold on to run out 1-0 winners. I feel tiredness could play a factor following Sevilla’s cup exploits. Sevilla won on Wednesday night because, plain and simple, Liverpool couldn’t hold onto the ball.
I think a know a team that can…………