UEFA Super Cup preview: Barcelona take on Sevilla in La Liga battle


Barcelona and Sevilla will clash in Tbilisi on Tuesday in the final of the UEFA Super Cup.

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The first piece of silverware in the European season will be dished out in the showpiece event between the winners of last season’s UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

The reigning European will be without Neymar, as the Brazilian forward is out for two weeks with mumps, while new signings Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan are ineligible to play until January due to the transfer ban. Jordi Alba and Douglas will also miss out due to injury, but the rest of Luis Enrique’s squad have traveled to Georgia for the first game of their season. This is the first of six trophies Barca could win in the 2015-16 season and that would match their record-breaking season in 2009 when they won the Champions League, La Liga, the two Spanish cups, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.

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As for Sevilla, new signing Steven Nzonzi from Stoke City will miss the match with a stomach bug, and on-loan striker Ciro Immobile is struggling with a hamstring issue. The Andalusian outfit have won the Europa League title two years in a row and four times in the last eight nine seasons. They will compete in the UEFA Champions League this year courtesy of last season’s success. Sevilla lost 1-0 to Real Madrid in the Super Cup last year, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the winner.

The match kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET in the U.S. and you can follow live updates via UEFA.