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28.11.2008 16:43

The best defence against the best attack

David Puig

The team that has conceded the least goal in la Primera take on the team that have scored the most goals on Saturday evening as Sevilla, who have let in eight goals, host FC Barcelona, who have scored 37.

While both teams will be vying for three crucial points in the race for the title, the game will also pit the best defence against the best attack of the season so far. Manolo Jiménez’s team have impressed at the back and no team has let in fewer goals. With only eight goals conceded, one less than Barça, the Andalucian outfit base their game play around their back four and their effective system. At home Sevilla have conceded just four goals and have not conceded any for their last three consecutive matches.

Defensive qualities

SEVILLA_2.jpgDespite their attacking strength, Guardiola’s side have also shown that they can keep teams out as they have let in just nine goals in the league this season, meaning that while the net has bulged at the other end, the Blaugrana back line has remained sturdy. That is especially true away from home where Víctor Valdés has let in only four.

Goals galore

SEVILLA_KANOUTE_2.jpgSix teams have scored more goals than Sevilla, including FC Barcelona who have an incredible record of 37 this season. The hosts for this weekend’s encounter have scored 18 goals themselves, with eleven of those at home. Frédéric Kanouté has four of those, and is the team’s top scorer, while Luis Fabiano and Ernesto Chevantón have three each.

Sevilla have won four matches in their Sánchez Pizuán stadium and have lost just once, 0-1 to Málaga, and drawn another, 0-0 with Valencia.
The best defence against the best attack
A difficult venue
Sevilla and Barça have met on 64 occasions in the league in the Sánchez Pizjuán and the Blaugrana have only recorded 19 wins, while the home team have 29 victories to their names and 18 games have been draws. Barça have netted 72 goals in those games, while Sevilla have scored 107.

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