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The Champions League is finally making serious moves to resume its season after being out of action for nearly 3 months due to COVID-19 concerns. Earlier this week, the European football governing body UEFA announced that the event will be concluded in August in Lisbon, Portugal as a knockout tournament comprised of eight teams. UEFA's proposed solution is a Champions League between eight teams that will take place over eight days in Lisbon. According to the latest statement by UEFA, the current working schedule for the Champions League is for the round of 16 on August 7-8, the quarterfinals on August 12-15, and the semifinals on August 18-19. UEFA's lower tier Europa League will also conclude similarly, with the final eight squads playing out the rest of their season in four German venues during the same time period.
Before the Champions League can be played out, UEFA still needs to decide on the roster of teams that will play, as the competition was already halfway done by the time it was suspended. According to Ceferin, the measures taken for the Champions League will not dictate how the organizer will plan its future events, noting that this format was a one-off due to the situation forced upon UEFA by the pandemic. Sign up to FREE email alerts from BirminghamLive - Wolves FC Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Jimenez's stay at Molineux was made permanent for £32.6m last year after he scored 17 times while on loan from Benfica. Since they are talking about me, different teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool… They are teams that in the history of football are important. The La Liga action continues to come thick and fast with Barcelona travelling to face Sevilla on Friday night.
Sevilla have no fresh injury concerns, meaning Julen Lopetegui has freedom when picking his starting XI. Sevilla: There have been many forwards who have failed to make a sustained push in Barcelona's first team due to the ability of Lionel Messi, and Munir El Haddadi is one of them. The one-cap Spain international joined Barcelona's La Masia as a 16-year-old in 2011 and would go on to help the club win the Uefa Youth League in 2014, scoring 11 goals in 10 matches. Eventually called up to the first team, Munir did manage to score on his Barcelona debut, rounding off a 3-0 win over Elche in August 2014 just days before his 19th birthday. Munir also played his part in two Copa del Rey victories and the 2014/15 Champions League win but was always on the periphery, eventually being sent on loan to Valencia.
Another loan to Alaves followed before Munir was finally sold to Sevilla last January. But things haven't gone to plan for the 24-year-old, scoring just two La Liga goals this season, both of which came in December. He has, however, started the past two games for Sevilla and will no doubt be hoping to show what he can do against his former side. Barcelona: Another player looking to prove himself, this time for Barcelona, will be Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman has had an underwhelming first campaign at the Nou Camp, scoring eight goals in 28 La Liga appearances after a drawn-out transfer saga. Overshadowed by Messi, Griezmann has scored just one league goal in 2020 and it came in February. Griezmann's lack of goals have seen the Frenchman draw criticism from both fans and those linked to Barcelona. "Barca have won both their games since the restart, with Antoine Griezmann as a starter, but he continues to be far from the player he was at Atletico Madrid and some are wondering if he may become a 'new Coutinho' at Barcelona," Rivaldo told Betfair. "Messi could, for example, let Griezmann take penalties when Barcelona are winning comfortably – just to get the Frenchman scoring – just like he did with Luis Suarez in the past." With Suarez edging closer to fitness, time is running out for Griezmann to prove he is capable of leading the line for Barcelona. Scoreline prediction: Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona Sevilla: W W D W D Barcelona: W L WWW How to live stream La Liga games online Barcelona looks to stay atop La Liga when it faces off against Sevilla on Friday. Sevilla enters the contest in third place in the La Liga table and looks to create distance between Athletico Madrid and a host of other foes. Barcelona enters Friday's matchup coming off a 2-0 win over Leganes earlier this week. Barcelona was held scoreless until the 42-minute mark when Ansu Fati notched the team's first goal. Messi enters Friday's match looking for his 700th career goal for club and country. Julen Lopetegui has a full team prepared for Sevilla at his disposal. The veteran manager will hope the likes of Nabil Fekir and Luuk de Jong deliver against La Liga's top team. In 151 La Liga meetings between the two clubs, Barcelona has won 83 times, compared to Sevilla's 36 wins and 32 draws between the clubs. Barcelona enters the day two points clear of rival Real Madrid atop La Liga's table. Real Madrid kept pace with Barcelona on Thursday, routing Valencia 3-0 thanks to two goals from Karim Benzema and one from Marco Asensio, who scored with his first touch in 11 months after recovering from an ACL injury. Sevilla vs Barcelona Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions Third-placed Sevilla will provide a tough test for the champions, though, as they push to finish inside the places for the first time since 2017. Sevilla vs Barcelona Latest Odds Barca won the reverse fixture 4-0 back in October and are 10/11 (1.91) with bet365 to complete a double over the Andalusians for the third time in four seasons. Sevilla vs Barcelona Team News Setien has rotated heavily since the return of La Liga and it could be a similar team to the one that beat Real Mallorca, which featured the likes of Martin Braithwaite and Arturo Vidal. Suso and Oliver Torres will both be pushing to start after coming off the bench against, whilst Luuk de Jong scored in that match and therefore should retain his place up front. Sevilla vs Barcelona Preview Barcelona are pushing for a fifth title in six years and so will not want to let any points get away from them, but they may have to bide their time against Lopetegui's men. Sevilla have conceded just 11 goals in the first half this season – only four of which have come at home - and both of their games since the restart have been 0-0 at the break. Whilst Barca have scored an incredible 35 goals before half-time this season, just eight of those have come in away games and so we could see a fairly slow start in the south-west of. Sevilla vs Barcelona Tips and Predictions With that in mind, backing the highest-scoring half to be the second at 20/21 (1.95) looks the best value bet for this La Liga fixture on Friday night. You can watch La Liga live on the go with your iPhone, iPad or Android device through your bet365 account.