Sevilla aim to build on much-needed win.
Sevilla FC ended a three-match winless streak (1D, 2L) on Monday night with a 2-1 victory away at Rayo Vallecano. A bizarre incident overshadowed the much-needed win for Quique Sánchez Flores’ men after a home fan reached out and touched Lucas Ocampos’ buttocks during a throw-in. The club released a strong statement after the match condemning the action as “obscene and totally inappropriate.”
Sevilla still in relegation danger
Looking at the bottom of the table, Sevilla FC are still just two points above the relegation zone heading into this matchday. Four consecutive defeats against Atlético Madrid, in which Sevilla have failed to score a single goal, will not do much for their confidence heading into this weekend.
Atlético Madrid looking to avoid third consecutive winless match
Atlético Madrid earned a late point at the Santiago Bernabéu against rivals Real Madrid last weekend, holding them to a 1-1 draw, but any satisfaction from that result was quickly extinguished on Wednesday night as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final. They are now in danger of recording a third consecutive competitive match without a win for the first time since a run of five between October and November 2022.
Atletico have a good record against teams in the bottom half
However, Atlético should be confident of avoiding that fate, especially considering their excellent record against teams who start this round in the bottom half of the table. All 12 of Atlético’s matches against such teams have resulted in victories this season. If that wasn’t enough, Atlético have already beaten Sevilla 1-0 twice this season in La Liga and the Copa del Rey, extending Diego Simeone’s formidable personal record (5W, 2D, 1L) against teams managed by Quique Sánchez Flores, Sevilla’s current coach.
Key Players: Youssef En-Nesyri and Memphis Depay
Youssef En-Nesyri scored a brace in Monday’s win and is the only Sevilla FC player to have scored in the last four head-to-head meetings. Memphis Depay scored the winning goal in the Copa del Rey last month and has been involved in seven goals in his last seven appearances for Atlético.
Hot stat: No team in La Liga has conceded more goals in the first 30 minutes than Sevilla this season (17).