- Reuters / Mark Elkington
Barcelona travel to Andalucía to face a Sevilla team that looks to remain in solid form at home in Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium such as they did when the beat Real Madrid earlier in the season.
Barcelona has had a perfect start to the season collecting full points in each of their first five matches, but Seville have looked strong and are eager to advance up the table.
They might be helped by the fact the Tito Vilanova's side is stretched a bit thin on the back line with a few regular starters sidelined with injury and Sevilla will definitely look to expose any weaknesses.
The Catalan club will be without center-back Carles Puyol and defender Gerard Piqué who are still recovering from injury. Barcelona will also have to overcome the absence of Adriano who has been both effective going forward and sturdy in defense.
One bit of positive news that Vilanova can smile about is the return of newly signed Jordi Alba who is fit after missing several matches with a persistant case of the flu.
Vilanova will get to see if other players are ready to step up and earn additional time on the first team. The manager is slated to call up two players who he feels can contribute to a victory. Sergi Roberto and Cristian Tello look to impress their manager and are working hard for a spot in the starting lineup.
Victor Valdés will start in goal looking to keep successive clean sheets for the first time since March when he went two matches without conceding a goal.
Sevilla haven't allowed a goal in three matches now and Barcelona have won just once in their last three trips to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.
Kick-off for the match is at 4:00 p.m. EDT and can be seen online here.