The 5th and the 4th places in La Liga face each other this Saturday at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan. Both teams have the same 20 points in La Liga with Atletico having the edge due to a better goal difference.The Colchoneros have a +5 goal difference and Sevilla a +2.
The hosts come from a 1-1 midweek draw at Estadio Mestalla against Valencia, conceding the goal inside the last 10 minutes of the game. Sevilla has 3 wins at home in 5 matches played so far in La Liga, with all of them coming in the last 3 games. The only home loss and the only game Sevilla didn't socre in front of their fans was against Real Madrid has was against Real Madrid late September. Since then, Lopetegui's team conquered 3 wins with 2 games securing a clean sheet. Despite the games against the Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, Sevilla scored goals in all games played so far in the League. However, 8 of the 11 games have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. For Saturday, Lopetegui only has Daniel Carriço doubtful, as the entire squad is ready to play.
Simeone's team is, with no surprise, the best defensive team in the League, having conceded just 6 goals in 11 matches. Atletico has been facing difficulties away Wanda Metropolitano, getting just 2 wins in 5 La Liga trips so far. The Colchoneros drew 5 of their 11 League games, 4 of them in the last 5 matches, which highlights the difficulties Atletico faces to score, because the team simply doesn´t concede goals too often. The team only conceded in 2 of the 5 away matches and all of them have hav under 2.5 goals scored. For the trip to the Sanchez Pizjuan, Simeone has some important absences, namely Giménez, Savic, Vrsaljko and the portuguese wonder kid Joao Felix.
Considering the fact that both teams had a huge amount of games that saw less than 2.5 goals, we think this game will not be different from that tendency. The standings show that both teams have equal value and it should be a veriy tight battle between them this Saturday.
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