Sevilla currently hold the honour of being Real Madrid’s closest rivals for the La Liga title, but there is still an eight-point gap between Julen Lopetegui’s men in second place and the leaders. Even with Sevilla having a game in hand over Real, they really cannot afford to drop any points at this critical period, which is unfortunately what they have been doing. A draw with Alaves and defeat to Los Blancos saw Sevilla lose ground on top spot when they had perhaps looked on course to causing some serious problems. Sevilla have, however, bounced back from that minor slump two win their past two league matches, beating Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao.
Atletico Madrid are experiencing a minor slump of their own, which also included a defeat to Real Madrid. Diego Simeone’s side go into this game off the back of two defeats, beaten by Real Mallorca and then their Madrid rivals. As a result, they are five points behind second-placed Sevilla and 13 off top spot – though like Sevilla they have a game in hand on Real. Atletico’s main problem this season has been their draws, with no team in Spain’s top four drawing more than their five, which has also accumulated to just eight wins, with three defeats.
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Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid: Match Stats
Both sides have been decent in front of goal, with Sevilla scoring 26 goals to Atletico’s 27. But this game will likely be won on defence, and Sevilla have the best in La Liga. They have conceded just 11 goals in their 16 games, fewer than any club, and have also kept a joint-high nine clean sheets (level with Real Sociedad).
Such tight games can often be scruffy in the midfield with teams looking to take control, so we should expect some tackles to be flying about. On Atletico’s side, Geoffrey Kondogbia should play a part but he hasn’t been too clean with his tackling, being showing six yellow cards in just 11 La Liga appearances this season.
4 April 2021 – Sevilla 1-0 Atletico Madrid – La Liga
12 January 2021 – Atletico Madrid 2-0 Sevilla – La Liga
7 March 2020 – Atletico Madrid 2-2 Sevilla – La Liga
2 February 2019 – Sevilla 1-1 Atletico Madrid – La Liga
12 May 2019 – Atletico Madrid 1-1 Sevilla – La Liga
The two sides traded wins last season, with both winning their home league matches in this fixture. Those two victories ended a run of five consecutive draws between Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, though the latter have certainly enjoyed this fixture more with 63 wins to 50 overall.