The two best defenses in La Liga collide with points to prove on Saturday when La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid make the trip south to Sevilla. Diego Simeone’s side have drawn 1-1 in each of their last two visits to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, failing to win there since an Antoine Griezmann hat-trick led their 5-2 smash-and-grab in February 2018.
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High-flying Atletico travel in Week 29 desperate for form after faltering at La Liga’s summit, but Sevilla make for unaccommodating hosts in their title chase. You can live stream La Liga matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Sevilla vs. Atletico Madrid
When: Sunday, April 4
Where: Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla, Spain
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Spain’s top team boast a four-point lead over Barcelona but have won just three of their last nine games across all competitions, including a Champions League exit to Chelsea in the last 16. Sevilla departed the competition in the same round at the hands of Borussia Dortmund, with Julen Lopetegui’s outfit posting an almost identical return of three wins from their last nine outings.
Sevilla are all but certain to finish among La Liga’s top four in back-to-back seasons, with 10 points between them and their competition below coming into Week 29:
Simeone’s side (18) are the only team who have conceded fewer goals than Sevilla (21) so far this season, but both teams with reputations for clean sheets have started to show signs of cracking. Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou—who’s earned plaudits for saving Sevilla’s skin in front of his own net this season—came up with an injury-time equaliser at Real Valladolid when his side were last in action:
Sevilla haven’t defeated Los Rojiblancos in the league since October 2016, and Lopetegui has failed to get the better of this particular opponent in five career meetings. Two of his three encounters since joining Los Nervionenses have ended in draws, though they’ve conceded at least once in each attempt.
Simeone, on the other hand, has won 10 and drawn in nine of his 22 matchups against Sevilla; Valencia and Athletic Club are the only teams he’s met 20 times but posted fewer losses against (two apiece). Atletico ended their own two-match winless run with a narrow 1-0 victory over Alaves in March when top-scorer Luis Suarez came up with the decider:
The international break could do both squads some good in terms of regaining fitness, though Yannick Carrasco and Joao Felix could still miss out for the visitors due to injury. Wing-back Aleix Vidal is the only major concern for the hosts, although Jesus Navas has been his manager’s more prominent option on the right flank in any case.
Despite their recent drop-off in form, Atleti have still registered fewer defeats than any other team in La Liga (two). Their only away loss of the season came at rivals Real Madrid in December. That record yields positive omens for Spain’s top-ranked team in their visit to Seville, especially against a Lopetegui lineup lacking in their usual resilience of late.