Atletico Madrid v Sevilla – Wanda Metropolitano at 12:00 Live at Sky Sports
It’s been a busy midweek in La Liga but Atletico Madrid and Sevilla can rightly feel a little aggrieved having been scheduled to play on Wednesday evening before taking to the field once more in the early Saturday kick-off.
The two clubs both face tough and testing Champions League fixtures on Tuesday evening so there’s little time to feel sorry for themselves. For neutrals like ourselves, this hectic run of important games could potentially spoil what’s arguably the game of the weekend in Spain.
Atletico are back at their new home
Last weekend Atletico inaugurated their new stadium – the Wanda Metropolitano – after 50 years spent at their crumbling but atmospheric Vicente Calderon home with a 1-0 triumph over struggling Malaga. It wasn’t hugely convincing but then Diego Simeone and his side weren’t too bothered; what was most important was collecting maximum points.
Now the Mattress Makers have another chance to make their mark at the Metropolitano when Sevilla arrive in the capital. The visitors have made a positive start to life after Jorge Sampaoli with new boss Eduardo Berizzo organizing the side impressively from the back.
Despite coming under fierce pressure at Anfield in their Champions League opener, Sevilla stood strong and picked up a valuable point. Add in their two 1-0 victories away at Getafe and Girona and we’re probably right to assume that the Andalusians will approach this contest with caution and conservatism.
Few goals are forecast
Sevilla has never been fantastic travelers and even if you exclude trips to Real Madrid and Barcelona, the guests have still managed just a sole success in 14 away days at top-half sides across the past two campaigns. Interestingly though, eight of those 14 ties featured fewer than three goals.
Atletico Madrid will certainly fancy turning Sevilla over. The home side has W9-D4-L1 when excluding the big-two but in new surroundings, little recovery time and Champions League matches on the horizon, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if we saw another low-scoring encounter.
Of the 14-game sample in the paragraph above, nine produced Under 2.5 Goals winners so backing a repeat at odds-against quotes of 2.13 has to appeal on Saturday. Chuck in the abnormal early kick-off and the conditions should suit a punt on few goals arriving at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 2.5 Goals at 2.190
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