Atletico Madrid will aim to keep the pressure on Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table as they take on high-flying Sevilla at the Estadio Roman Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday afternoon.
Diego Simeone’s men are enjoying another excellent season and sit second, only three points behind the reigning Spanish champions. Elsewhere, Sevilla are enjoying an extremely positive campaign of their own and are only two points behind their weekend opponents in third. According to the bookmakers, the visitors are more likely to win La Liga out of the two and can be backed at 17/2 with Paddy Power. Meanwhile, Sevilla sit at 100/1 to be named champions come the end of the campaign.
The two sides are in excellent form as they head into the game. Simeone’s troops have chalked up three consecutive La Liga victories, the latest being a 1-0 win over Espanyol before Christmas. However, they have notched a considerable amount of draws this campaign with seven – only Valencia and Athletic Bilbao have more. Both teams to get on the scoresheet during the clash is available at 1/1 with BetVictor.
The past clashes between the two sides could provide some valuable answers as to who could notch a victory at the weekend. Sevilla have only won one out of their last 15 La Liga games against Atletico, whilst the two teams have an identical all-time head-to-head record (W17, D15, L17). Overall, Simeone’s troops are at 17/10 with BetFred to win, whilst a draw is at 21/10. Sevilla can be backed at odds of 7/4.
There could potentially be plenty of talent on show at the Estadio Roman Sanchez Pizjuan for the game. Sevilla can boast two of the most lethal players in La Liga this season, Wissam Ben Yedder and Andre Silva, with both being at 5/1 respectively to open the scoring. Meanhwhile, Atleti will be hoping to call on the services of Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman has had a hand in 13 goals in 17 games against Sevilla and can also be backed at 5/1 to score the first goal of the game.
Regarding injuries, the hosts have quite a few key names restricted to the sidelines for the visit of Simeone’s men. Gabriel Mercado and Franco Vazquez are both suspended, whilst Simon Kjaer and Maxime Gonalons are also ruled out with long-term problems. However, Jesus Navas and Aleix Vidal could return to action having recovered from a calf and hamstring injury respectively.
Elsewhere, Diego Costa and Felipe are both still suffering from long-term problems so will not feature for Atleti but Thomas Lemar could return to action having returned to training following his achilles injury. Jose Gimenez is still a slight doubt.