Sevilla have picked up four points from their two La Liga matches since returning to action on June 11, while Barca have collected six from a possible six to consolidate their spot at the top of the table.
Considering Sevilla's pedigree, it is perhaps somewhat of a surprise that they have only claimed a top-four position in La Liga in one of the last nine seasons.
The Seville-based outfit have finished seventh and sixth in their last two campaigns at this level but are currently in a position to bring Champions League football back to the Estadio Ramon next term.
Indeed, a total of 51 points from 29 matches has left them in third spot in the table, four points clear of fourth-placed Real Sociedad and fifth-placed Getafe.
Julen Lopetegui's side are now unbeaten in their last six league matches, picking up four points from their two matches against Real Betis and Levante since the return of the 2019-20 campaign.
They have only won half of their 14 home league matches this season, though, and have not actually beaten Barca in the league since October 2015, losing their last three against the Catalan giants.
Barca, meanwhile, have won their last three in Spain's top flight since suffering a 2-0 defeat away to Real Madrid at the start of March.
The reigning champions beat Real Sociedad 1-0 before the lockdown period, while they have overcome Mallorca and Leganes in their two fixtures since returning to action on June 13.
Quique Setien's side are currently five points clear of second-placed Real Madrid at the top of the table, although Los Blancos will have the chance to move back to within two when they face Valencia on Thursday.
All five of Barca's La Liga defeats this season have actually come on their travels, which is bound to hand Sevilla confidence ahead of Friday's clash, although the Catalan giants thumped Mallorca 4-0 in their last away fixture on June 13, with Lionel Messi in fine form once again.
The leaders will be looking for victories in their next three ahead of a potentially key home match against Atletico Madrid at the end of the month, but there is no question that Sevilla are capable of making it an uncomfortable 90 minutes for the visitors.
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Sevilla's squad, from an injury point of view, is in excellent shape at the moment. Indeed, Lopetegui has no serious fitness concerns ahead of Friday's clash, meaning that he has plenty of decisions to make when it comes to picking a starting XI, particularly in the final third.
Munir El Haddadi is expected to feature against his former club, while Lucas Ocampos has been Sevilla's standout player this season with 13 goals in all competitions and will again line up in an attacking spot.
Alba should replace Junior Firpo at left-back, while there are expected to be changes elsewhere with Setien potentially reverting to the bulk of the XI that started against Mallorca on June 13.
Martin Braithwaite scored in the victory over Mallorca, and the fact that the attacker was not used against Leganes suggests that he will be involved in Friday's contest, leaving Luis Suarez to continue his recovery from a long-term knee injury off the bench.
Sevilla possible starting lineup:
Vaclik; Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Escudero; Banega, Fernando, Jordan; Ocampos, De Jong, Munir
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, De Jong; Braithwaite, Griezmann, Messi
We say: Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona
There is no question that this is a difficult match for the champions as Sevilla chase down a top-four finish. These two sides shared the points at the Estadio Ramon in March 2018, and we are expecting another draw here, which would not be the worst result in the world for Barca.