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  • March 3, 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla
  • Referee: Alfonso Alvarez Izquierdo
  • • Attendance: 36000
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Sevilla - Atletico Madrid Preview: Diego Simeone's men look to fight off Andalusians as both aim to climb La Liga ladder

Sevilla - Atletico Madrid Preview: Diego Simeone's men look to fight off Andalusians as both aim to climb La Liga ladder

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Two of the top contenders for a Champions League spot do battle at Sanchez Pizjuan, looking to get a leg up as the season nears its conclusion


PROBABLE LINEUPS
SEVILLA


Palop
Coke, Spahic, Fazio, Navarro

Navas, Medel, Rakitic, Reyes
Kanoute, Manu

ATLETICO MADRID



Courtois
Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe
Tiago, Gabi
Arda, Adrian, Koke
Falcao

For the hosts, Frederic Kanoute will appear in attack, with Jesus Navas and Gary Medel taking charge in the middle.

The defence, one that which looks revived under Michel, has Federico Fazio in training with no issues on Thursday after missing last weekend's match with Valencia. Diego Perotti is still out after suffering injury last month.

For the visitors, Radamel Falcao returns from international duty a bit delayed after his long flight from Miami did not take off on time, along with team-mate Luis Perea.

The rest of the team appears to be fit, aside from Diego, who will miss a month after suffering a right leg injury a little over a week ago.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sevilla currently sit in 10th place in the league with 32 points but sit just two behind their opponents for Saturday, who are in fifth place.
  • The hosts are coming off a 2-1 victory over Valencia last weekend, their third win over Los Che this season.
  • Michel Gonzalez's men have a chance to win their third consecutive league game, something they have failed to do all season.
  • Atletico Madrid have not won a La Liga match since the end of January, having drawn three games before last week's 2-1 defeat to Barcelona.
  • Falcao, who found the net in the 2-0 win for Colombia in an international friendly over Mexico on Wednesday, has 15 league goals this season.
  • In their first meeting in October, the teams played out a 0-0 draw.

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Available Squads
1Andrés PalopGoalkeeper
3Fernando NavarroDefender
5Emir SpahicDefender
-Julien EscudéDefender
23CokeDefender
15Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
24Gary MedelMidfielder
10Ivan RakiticMidfielder
12Fred KanoutéStriker
21ReyesStriker
9Baba DiawaraStriker
-Javi VarasGoalkeeper
2Federico Julián FazioDefender
16CampañaDefender
27LunaDefender
15Piotr TrochowskiMidfielder
-Tiberio GuarenteMidfielder
14Manu Del MoralStriker
28Thibaut CourtoisGoalkeeper
-Filipe LuisDefender
15Álvaro DomínguezDefender
20JuanfranDefender
23MirandaDefender
5TiagoMidfielder
18Toto SalvioMidfielder
14GabiMidfielder
6KokeMidfielder
4Mario SuárezMidfielder
21AdriánStriker
25Sergio AsenjoGoalkeeper
14L. PereaDefender
28SilvioDefender
12Paulo AssunçaoMidfielder
-Fran MéridaMidfielder
-LuqueMidfielder
9PizziStriker
Players to Watch
Jesús Navas González
Jesús Navas González
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Spaniard was nothing short of fantastic last time out, providing an assiting and netting the game-winning goal. More of the same will be needed on Saturday to breakdown the Atletico defence. 
Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Porto star is always one to watch. His goal-scoring ability means the Sevilla defence must be at its best. But, will Wednesday's international friendly and long flight to and from Miami affect him?
Prediction
Coming off a huge win at Valencia, the powerful hosts should be able to find enough chances in attack with two strikers to slip past Diego Simeone's capital club.
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