Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid: Clash of Round 25 takes shape after solid European performancesFebruary 23, 2018
Following on from both sides competing in European competition during the week, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid meet at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium on Sunday evening with both teams in terrific form.
Sevilla go in to the clash after a strong performance in the Champions League First Knockout Round against Manchester United.
Vincenzo Montella’s side hit 25 shots towards goal on Wednesday night and if it wasn’t for an inspired performance by former Atleti goalkeeper David De Gea, the Sevillistas could have had the upper hand going in to the second leg at Old Trafford on the 13th March.
In the league, they are currently on a three match winning streak and sit in fifth place on 39 points. Miguel Layun is back in the side after being cup-tied in Wednesday’s match. Lionel Carole is definitely out for this weekend’s match and Sebastien Corchia is a doubt following a groin injury
Atletico Madrid secured a place in Friday’s Europa League Round of 16 draw after a Kevin Gameiro goal completed a 5-1 aggregate score line against Danish club FC Copenhagen.
Simeone’s men have not lost a league match since December, however were easily knocked out of the Copa del Rey in January by this weekend’s opponents with a 5-2 aggregate scoreline.
Lucas Hernandez will miss Sunday’s match after being substituted at half time in last week’s 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao with a thigh injury. The Frenchman joins Stefan Savic on the sidelines, with the Montenegrin still recovering from a hamstring injury.
Los Colchoneros could also be without Yannick Carrasco after the Belgian was absent from Diego Simeone’s squad on Thursday and is expected to complete a move to Chinese side Dalian Yifang this weekend.