Sevilla vs. Barcelona: La Liga live stream, TV channel, how to watch online, news, odds, start time

Barcelona look to make it back-to-back wins on the season when they travel to face Sevilla on Tuesday in La Liga play. Barca entered the week in seventh place but just four back of the Champions League spots, while Sevilla are second on a three-game winning streak, fresh off beating Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Barca can jump into the top four this week if all goes well, while the hosts are hoping to keep their fine form going as they aim to qualify for the Champions League at season’s end.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 18: Nico Gonzalez of FC Barcelona celebrates with teammates after scoring their team’s third goal during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Elche CF at Camp Nou on December 18, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Here’s are storylines, how you can watch the match and more:

Sevilla: They may have gotten a 2-1 win over Atleti last time out, but boy did that feel fortunate. They didn’t create much despite going up against a depleted defense, and it was more about a lack of quality defending by Los Colchoneros. Against Barcelona they should expect to see some better looks, but also a bit less of the ball. The key will be to get the ball down the wings, especially if Barca push their fullbacks forward, and then playing the ball to feet in the box. Barca can defend the aerial threats against Sevilla, but the low balls in could cause an aging defense some massive problems.

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Barca: Can they get out of this funk? December got off to a rough start with a 1-0 loss to Betis, followed up to that 3-0 defeat to Bayern in the Champions League and then drawing Osasuna 2-2. Then came the loss to Boca Juniors in the Maradona Cup before finally getting their first win of the month on Saturday against Elche. But that was far from impressive, blowing a 2-0 lead before getting a late goal in a 3-2 win. Barca have conceded in six straight games and have scored multiple goals in just two of their last five contests. With a manageable schedule coming up, they could use a win here to kick-star their season. Anything but a win will keep them in neutral.

Premier League clubs met on Monday to discuss solutions to the escalating Covid-19 crisis catalyzed by the new Omicron variant. Over half the 20 EPL clubs have had significant outbreaks in December with six matches called off in gameweek 17.

Brentford manager Thomas Frank has called for a circuit breaker, but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to keep on playing.
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“Stopping the league is probably not the right thing but with the schedule we have to be more flexible,” said Klopp. “If the virus will be gone then I am the first that stops and goes home and waits until it is gone. But that is probably not the case, so where is the real benefit of it

Why is changing the schedule so hard for the Premier League?
Whereas other European leagues take a winter break, and have a higher number of vaccinated players, the Premier League has a congested festive calendar and 19% of its footballers are unvaccinated. In addition, the stringent EPL testing regime — including lateral flow tests on matchdays just hours before kick-off — lead to last-minute positives and potential call offs. This is particularly problematic for visiting teams who risk making the trip to play a match, before finding it postponed at the last possible minute.

It is sensible to have robust testing, but the unfortunate and unfixable byproduct of it is matchday surprises and disruption to both broadcast schedules and fans. The Premier League will clearly want to put health first, but also face the worry stopping the league now, with an anticipated Omicron wave in January, might make it impossible to restart easily and complete fixtures in time.

Even a small suspension could delay up to three match weeks (19-21) with no obvious window when those 30 fixtures would be rescheduled. Finding gaps in the 2022 calendar may depend on how far clubs go in the Champions League and FA Cup. But the season must end on May 22 and there are only are two spare midweeks with no matches in them between now and then.

The other issue, if the EPL just continues as is, is clarity over the criteria for when a game can be called off. According to
Appendix 17 of the Premier League’s handbook, a match can be postponed when a club can’t field 14 players.

But the Leicester’s match against Tottenham on December 16 saw two failed applications for postponement before finally additional positives tests from the Foxes resulted in the game not going ahead.

Spurs experienced similar uncertainty with their Europa Conference League tie with Rennes, which was also eventually postponed. The rules for calling off a game differ between leagues and federations across Europe and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is not alone in asking for “more clarity” and consistency. No one wants a situation like in Portugal where Covid-hit Belenenses were forced to start their match against Benfica with nine men and were 7-0 down at half-time before the game was abandoned, but at the same time, everybody wants to know what the rules are and to have them fairly and equally applied.

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