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Match Preview: Sevilla FC vs Atletico Madrid

Sevilla, Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium
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Sevilla will welcome Atletico Madrid to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium tonight at 18:30 (CET).

The derby game of the 12th La Liga round will see Sevilla and Atletico Madrid go head-to-head this evening.

Both sides are heading into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw from midweek, as they were denied the three points by Valencia and Alaves respectively.

It was Atletico Madrid’s fourth from their last five outings in top-flight Spanish football and fifth in the 2019-20 campaign so far. The Colchoneros are currently sitting in fourth with 20 points on their account, two less than leaders Barcelona – who has a game in hand.

Sevilla have collected the same amount of points with their next opponents, placing themselves in fifth due to a worse goal difference.

Los Nervionenses are in much better form than Diego Simeone’s side, as they’ve registered three wins from the last five La Liga rounds. They were close to the fourth one in Valencia last Wednesday, but Ruben Sobrino’s late strike saved a point for the home side.

Team news

Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegiu does not have any fresh injury concerns before their clash with the 2014 La Liga champions.

Daniel Carrico is his only doubtful player, as the defender is expected to remain on the sidelines with a foot injury.

As for Atletico, head coach Diego Simeone has a fairly long list of players who could miss tonight’s trip to Andalusia.

Joao Felix, Stefan Savic, Jose Gimenez and Sime are all ruled out of the encounter with Sevilla, while Koke, Thomas Partey and Alvaro Morata are all pushing for returns having been named on the bench in the midweek game at Deportivo Alaves.

Stats

Sevilla have only won one of their last 17 league games against Atletico Madrid: 1-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium back in October 2016. However, they’ve earned eight draws over those 17 clashes.

Since Diego Simeone took over as manager of Atletico Madrid, the Colchoneros have won four of their eight La Liga trips to Sevilla (4W, 3D, 1L), one more time than in the previous 23 visits to the Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium.

Los Nervionenses have won their last five home games across all competitions, noting four clean sheets in a row.

Diego Simeone will coach Atletico Madrid for the 300th time this evening. Only four coaches have ever reached that milestone at the same club: Miguel Munoz at Real Madrid (424), Luis Aragones at Atletico (407), John Toshack at  Sociedad (322) and Johan Cruyff at Barcelona (300).

His side has the best defense in top tier Spanish football this season, having conceded only six goals in the opening 11 rounds of the 2019-20 campaign.

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