Match preview: Sevilla vs. Atlético

Los Rojiblancos head to Andalusia with several key absences in the line-up

atletico madrid midfielder tiago and sevilla midfielder ivan rakitic

Atlético's Tiago challenges Sevilla's Rakitić
(colchonero.com)

Atlético make their way to Sevilla for one of the tougher fixtures of the season, and will do so without the presence of most of the members of the Rojiblanco fantastic four.

Diego, Falcao and Arda will all watch the match, which gets underway on Saturday at 22:00 CET, from their couches in Madrid.

The Brazilian playmaker continues his recovery from a thigh muscle tear, while the Turkish international, surely much to the dismay of Atleti officials and coaching staff, returned from midweek national team duties beat up and impaired for the third time since arriving to the club.

‘El Tigre’ received his fifth booking in last weekend’s game, which will force him to serve a one-match ban on Saturday.

Diego Simeone will have to reconstruct a Colchonero attack that will be led by the only available component of his lethal quartet: rising star Adrián.

Doubts arose earlier in the week as to the Spaniard’s availability for this clash following an injury scare with his nation’s Olympic squad, but the striker will be suiting up, assuring his coach he was only playing it safe because of soreness.

In six appearances versus Sevilla, the former Deportivo man has never lost (2W, 4D), scoring two goals in his career against our upcoming opponents.

Eduardo Salvio will most likely return to the fold to take up a spot on the wing, presenting ‘Toto’ with his umpteenth opportunity to make a positive impression after a slew of mostly disappointing performances.

To add to Atleti’s line-up woes, defender Diego Godín will also be unavailable through suspension, but his likely replacement Alvaro Dominguez should be more than up to the task.

To shore up our squad for this trip, Simeone called-up a pair of Atlético B youngsters.

Sergio Cidoncha’s name appeared in Cholo’s match selection for the second time this season, while Barcelona-born central midfielder Miguel Ángel Luque debuts on the squad list.

Atlético and Sevilla are currently level at 32 points apiece in the league table and sit three points out of fourth place-holders Levante.

While ‘El Cholo’s’ men went winless in the league throughout all of February, taking only three points of 12 up for grabs last month, los Nervionenses overcame their long term slump and have put together back-to-back victories under new coach Míchel.

The former Real Madrid midfielder replaced fired coach Marcelino García Toral, signing with the Andalusians through the end of the season.

Míchel will touch wood and hope to take his streak to three wins on the trot.

The newly-appointed Sevilla boss faces his own line-up concerns though, with lead scorer Alvaro Negredo facing a month-long layoff because of a thigh injury.

Reports out of Spain suggest January signing and Senegalese striker Baba Diawara could be an option to fill-in for Negredo, though his coach didn’t spill the beans about his intentions.

“I can’t say if it will be Baba, if he is going to start or come on later, but he will play tomorrow,” Míchel was quoted as saying by ESPN Soccernet.

“He’s a young kid and his adaptation takes time, but he’s progressing all the time, and he’s the player who has scored the most goals in training.”

It’s been a while since we last defeated our bitter rivals and we’ve come out of our last three visits to their stadium empty-handed.

Hopefully an inspired bunch of substitutes will lead us to a much-needed triumph that will make our good ol’ friend José Antonio Reyes rue the day he chose to leave Atlético.

Atlético match selection:
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Sergio Asenjo
Defenders: Filipe Luis, Sílvio, Domínguez, Perea, Miranda
Midfielders: Mario Suárez, Tiago, Salvio, Assunçao, Gabi, Fran Mérida, Koke, Juanfran, Luque, Cidoncha
Forwards: Adrián, Pizzi

Sevilla match selection: TBA

Referee: Alfonso Javier Álvarez Izquierdo

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  • ratchet

    c’mon Atleti, lets kick their a$$es

  • starvs

    really really need a win here, too many needless stumbles in the league, need to start getting points if we gonna be in CL.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Miguel Ángel Luqueeeeeeee!!!, Cidonchaaaa!!!. It’s great to see Cholo calling young players. Luque has been in great form scoring goals in the past 3 matches with Atletico B. And Cidoncha is a promising midfielder. Hope they get some minutes tomorrow.

  • Solari

    it’s a hard mission in fact, but let’s just be optimist…

  • shlomgar

    It’s one I’m eager and dreaded about watching.
    If only we had Falcao or Diego. Only one of the three magicians could be enough but we would be much less powerful and scary.

  • Mais

    wonder if fran merida will play

  • Javi Lozoya

    http://www.fiebrebetica.com/media/galeria/41/3/0/2/1/o_betis_varios-41203.jpeg guess who’s this kid.
    yep you guessed right, Jose Antonio Reyes with Betis jersey, and ironically enough he plays for Betis biggest rival, Sevilla. He also played for Atleti’s main rival Madrid. Quite a total character Reyes, isn’t he?.
    Hope we defeat Sevilla and Aupa Atleti!.

  • Ahmad

    I’m trying to convince myself, if whatever happens, I won’t curse Reyes.
    Going to be a very tough match for Atleti, I think it’s time for El Cholo to prove how fit he is to lead Atleti.

  • Javi

    My feelings are that it Will not be as dificult for Atleti as it seems, we played better than Barsa and we deserved a win against Valencia, both better teams than Sevilla. Well get the three points even with our replacements.

  • Guys remember Sevilla is playing very well since the arrival of Michel so this is by no means an easy game but we will try to make it as easy as possible.
    Aupa Atleti!!!!

  • Javi Lozoya

    Great come back from Rayo Vallecano!, all of our loaned players played the whole match, except Dani Pacheco, I wish he would play more, he is very promising and could be an important player for Atleti in the future. anyways.
    Diego Costa didn’t score but gave two assists, and like I said, Joel and Pulido played the whole match.
    Great performance once again from our loaned players, but unfortunately Dani Pacheco didn’t played :(.

  • ali_

    but what will happen to vallecano when our guys come back? 🙂

  • Javi Lozoya

    I guess they’ll have to come up with something and they still have good players.

  • Sweden

    wow, the starting lineup is so messed up. 4 central midfielders.

  • Edletico

    Salvioooooooooooooooooo!

  • Javi Lozoya

    Yeah, great performance by Salvio so far, 3 shots on goal, 1 goal scored, it’s nice for him, hope he keeps doing good, he deserves it.

  • Hey Javi and Edletico where are u getting live coverage of the match?

  • Javi Lozoya

    Gol TV on Comcast.

  • ratchet

    Its been a good match so far. Salvio as been really impressive. He’s really stepped up to the mark today

  • Javi Lozoya

    Check out this site Randy, you might see it live for free
    http://myp2p.pe/index.php?sport=football

  • Thanks Javi

  • AtletiFanInPhilly

    No subs in 80 minutes? What a bizarre move, especially since Atleti has not had any good chances at a goal in a long time.

  • ratchet

    woo, close one there. I thought sevilla had scored the winner, but it was just offside. Lokks like a draw. tbh im slightly dissapointed

  • Edletico

    Well it is a good point, could have been 3 but TBH they should of won, next week we have Godin, falcao and Arda back

  • Oh phooey it a disappointing draw ah come on. thats 4 points in 5 matches thats a poor run. Come on guys. Dont give up.
    Aupa Atleti!!!!!

  • AtletiFanInPhilly

    Hugely disappointing. Five straight matches without a victory, and Simeone plays for the draw.

    If he is going to put someone on the bench for the game, why doesn’t he put them into the game?

    I know Arda and Diego’s injuries, coupled with Falcao’s suspension, limited the team’s options . . . but come on. Why not Silvio? Why not Merida? I mean, Atletico needs to win, and this attitude of accepting the tie is disgusting.

  • Mais

    their game was so off tonight…what was with the ball bouncing all over the place, neither team seemed to get a hold on that

  • 7th

    we started well, then dropped bit.

    in every match, we play the same, good perfomance and all. everything was done with hard work and running non stop.

    I would say everyone were tired this evening.

    oh well

    we must get bad match every then and now.

    P.S: I forgot to predict this match in the prediction league.