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Weekend Headliner: Barcelona-Sevilla

After an eventful round of Euro 2008 qualifying, our focus shifts once again to domestic league play in Europe. For neutrals, the biggest game of the weekend is undoubtedly the Nou Camp clash between La Liga holder Barcelona and thid-place Sevilla. The last time these two teams met was in August, when UEFA Cup holder Sevilla humiliated Barcelona, last season's Champions League victor, 3-0, at the European Super Cup in Monaco. Sevilla has been equally impressive in the league, too, winning four of its first five matches, thanks to a steady stream of goals from strikers Freddy Kanoute, Kepa and Brazilian midfielder Renato. No team in La Liga has scored more goals than either of these two. If indeed Sevilla is for real this year, it will want to come out of Sunday's clash with at least a draw. Coach Juande Ramos pointed out that Barcelona will be hungry for revenge: "It is an important match for us, but it is also important for Barcelona because they are playing against a team that deprived them of a trophy and that will be a huge motivation for them," he said. Barcelona will be without injured striker Samuel Eto'o and possibly Carles Pyuol; Sevilla's Kanoute may also sit out after coming back from international duty with Mali with ankle and knee problems.

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