Preview - Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid 26 Feb

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Match Day 25
Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid
Monday, February 26th, 2018
03:45 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

Last five matches: D W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.2
Average goals against per match: 2.4
Top Scorer: Wissam Ben Yedder (6)
Atletico Madrid: 
Last five matches: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.5
Average goals against per match: 0.3
Top Scorer: Antoine Griezmann ( 8 )

All eyes will be on the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to see Sevilla face off with Atletico Madrid this weekend. The home side is trying to hold on to their Europa League qualification spot while the visitors are the closest pursuers to leaders Barcelona. Atleti trail Barca by seven points; a win this weekend will give them a morale boost for next weekends clash at the Camp Nou.

Sevilla are tough to beat at home. They have only lost one out of their last 36 matches at the Sanchez Pizjuan. Also, they knocked Atleti out of the Copa del Rey a few weeks ago.

Neither side is a goal scoring juggernaut. Despite being second in the league standings, Atletico Madrid have only the seventh best goal scoring record. They have made a living off of defense and getting by with hard fought 1-0 wins. Sevilla have the 11th best goal scoring record in La Liga, which is surprising considering how much attacking talent the team has.

This will be a tight match between the two sides. Atleti have the stronger squad, but Andalusians will manage to put a dent in the 'Rojiblancos' hunt for the title. The Sanchez Pizjuan is Sevilla's fortress and Vincenzo Montella's men will not be defeated at home.

Prediction: Sevilla 1-1 Atletico Madrid


Half Time: 0:2
Full Time: 2:5
Shots: 9:12
Shots on target: 5:9
Corner Kicks: 5:4
Possession: 61:39

Antoine Griezmann scored a hat trick as Atletico Madrid smashed Sevilla 5-2 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Diego Costa opened the scoring after taking advantage of a defensive lapse by Ever Banega. Banega received a pass from goalkeeper Sergio Rico at the edge of the box and didn't notice the onrushing Costa. The Spain international picked Banega's pocket and beat Rico with a hard right footed shot.

Griezmann got his first right before the break. He picked up a Sevilla clearance at the edge of the box, dribbled through three opponents and unleashed a wicked shot into the top left corner. Brilliant piece of work by the Frenchman.

Five minutes into the second half, Atleti would get a penalty kick as Costa was brought down in the box by Rico. Griezmann got his brace with a well placed low shot to the left post.

Sevilla shot itself in the foot again as another defensive blunder gifted Atleti their fourth goal. Gabriel Mercado's back pass to Rico was intercepted by Griezmann. While he could have tried to get his hat trick then, he chose to back heel the ball to Koke, who poked the ball into the net.

Griezmann would get his third ten minutes from time. Saul dribbled to the endline and cut the ball back to the Atleti #7 near the penalty spot. Griezmann placed the ball into the right side netting with the outside of his foot for the capital club's fifth goal.

Sevilla would get two consolation goals in the final five minutes through Pablo Sarabia and Nolito but it was too little too late for the home side.

Atletico Madrid keep the pressure on Barcelona. Atleti trail leaders Barca by 7 points with both clubs set to face off in the Camp Nou next weekend.

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