Messi failed to score in the reverse fixture against Sevilla at Camp Nou; he has never failed to score in two games in a La Liga season versus Sevilla. He’ll be available as an impact sub if needed later in the game, although Barcelona would prefer to get by without him tonight as he allegedly picked up a knock during the international break.
Sevilla have only won one of their last 21 games against Barcelona in La Liga (D4 L16), 2-1 in October 2015, keeping a clean sheet only once. They’ll be pleased to see no Messi in the Barca XI this evening, but they’ll still need to put in an excellent performance to beat the league leaders tonight.
Barcelona XI (4-3-3): ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Paulinho, Rakitic, Iniesta; Dembele, L. Suarez, Coutinho. Substitutes: Cillessen, Gomes, Messi, Alcacer, Semedo, D. Suarez, Vermaelen.
Sevilla XI (4-2-3-1): Rico; Mercado, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero; N’Zonzi, Banega; Navas, Vazquez, Correa; Muriel. Substitutes: Soria, Pizarro, Nolito, Ben Yedder, Layun, Carrico, Arana.