Followers of the Spanish La Liga have an action-packed Sunday with four games on the schedule, all of which will be shown live on television. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get up to speed on the latest from Spain in a critical season for the top teams, including Barcelona and Real Madrid. Title challengers Atletico Madrid host Sevilla from 17:30 as the locals aim to make home advantage count and add weight to their title challenge.
Sevilla is the visiting team, and this game could come at the worst time for them following a dreadful start to the season. They have a hectic campaign ahead but need improvement in all areas of the squad if they are to climb the table and start challenging for the major places. The home win is popular with pundits, but the visitors are under pressure and dangerous.
Hosts remain unbeaten
Atletico Madrid couldn’t take advantage of Atletico Madrid’s drop in form last year and could not stop Barcelona from returning as the champions. The locals aim for higher this term and have started positively, taking seven points from the nine available. Two wins and a draw leave Atletico in second place behind Real Madrid, who carries a 100% record and are looking like they’ll take some stopping this season. Another three points for Madrid would put pressure on their city rivals.
Atletico played three times in August, winning two and drawing the spare. They opened the campaign with a comfortable 3-1 win over Granada at this venue, making light work of what could’ve been a tricky outing. Madrid ended goalless with Real Betis in their first road trip of the campaign but fired back to destroy Rayo Vallecano last weekend, recording an emphatic 7-0 away win. That was a strong example of what the squad can do when on form. Will we enjoy another goal-fest on Sunday?Bet here
Sevilla stuck to the bottom
Sevilla is a team full of surprises. You’ll see them struggling in La Liga and performing above expectations in Europe, winning big games and trophies. They were strong on the continent last season but poor in La Liga, and those domestic problems have continued into this campaign. Sevilla has lost its opening three league games, scoring five goals but conceding eight. They are now stuck hard to the bottom of the league, and some fans are already reaching for the panic button.
In Sevilla’s three games during August, they lost at home to Valencia on matchday one, suffered a painful 4-3 reverse away to Alaves, and rounded off a dreadful month with a 2-1 home defeat to Girona. Sevilla also lost to Man City on penalties in the European Super Cup as the Champions League winners beat the Europa League champs. That shows again Sevilla plays better in Europe than Spain, but that’s a bad habit the team must halt sharpish.
Atletico Madrid v Sevilla prediction
The home team is unbeaten in three games and is already putting pressure on leaders Real Madrid. They have started strongly and know this is a great chance to add another three points at home and remain in contention, poised to punish any mistakes the early market leaders make. The locals are scoring goals, winning, and playing with confidence.
Sevilla is the away team with three defeats on the board and eight goals conceded. They are capable going forward, and their attack will cause Atletico problems, but Sevilla has been weak at the back in recent games, and that’s the biggest worry for their fans. If Atletico scores an early goal, things could get ugly for the visitors.
La Liga odds
The pre-match betting odds offered by 22Bet have Atletico Madrid at 1.456 for another home win and three points. Sevilla backers will find their team trading at 6.85 for victory on the road and their first three points of the season, or you can back the draw at 4.52.
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