Sevilla-Atletico Madrid Preview: Simeone’s side look to build on first-leg lead
Los Rojiblancos travel to the Andalusian capital with a narrow advantage in this Copa del Rey tie
By Jerrad Peters
Coke, Fazio, Spahic, Navarro
Navas, Morel, Reyes
Juanfran, Godin, Diaz, Luis
Adrian, Turan, Rodriguez
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes this semi-final tie remains firmly in the balance, despite the 2-1 advantage his side takes to Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
With Barcelona leading Atletico by 12 points in La Liga and Rojiblancos already out of Europe, the Copa del Rey represents their last chance of silverware this season, and Simeone will have no fresh injuries or suspensions to worry about ahead of kick-off.
Striker Adrian was rested against Espanyol at the weekend and midfielder Cristian Rodriguez came on as a second-half substitute, so both are likely to feature on Wednesday.
Sevilla boss Unai Emery will have Emir Spahic back after the defender served a suspension against Barcelona and both striker Alvaro Negredo and attacker Jose Antonio Reyes will come back into the starting XI after starting on the bench against the Catalans.
Midfielder Piotr Trochowski is out with a long-term knee injury.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Sevilla are 12th in La Liga, 22 points behind Atletico Madrid.
- Sevilla knocked out Zaragoza, Mallorca and Espanyol to reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals.
- On Wednesday, the Andalusians will be looking for their first win over Atletico since October 2010, a run of six matches.
- Rojiblancos have won nine Copa del Rey titles, there most recent back in 1996.
- Atletico head into Wednesday’s match having kept three consecutive clean sheets.
- Diego Costa and Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo are the Copa del Rey’s top goalscorers with six goals apiece.
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Top 3 Predictions
Sevilla 1-2 Atletico Madrid
- 18.72 %
Sevilla 1-1 Atletico Madrid
- 11.13 %
Sevilla 0-2 Atletico Madrid
- 9.46 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Jan 19, 2014||Atletico Madrid 1 - Sevilla 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Aug 18, 2013||Sevilla 1 - Atletico Madrid 3|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Apr 21, 2013||Sevilla 0 - Atletico Madrid 1|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||Feb 27, 2013||Sevilla 2 - Atletico Madrid 2|
|Spain - Copa del Rey (ESPC)||Jan 31, 2013||Atletico Madrid 2 - Sevilla 1|
|Apr 13, 2014||Betis 0 - Sevilla 2||LIGA|
|Apr 10, 2014||Sevilla 4 - Porto 1||EL|
|Apr 6, 2014||Sevilla 4 - Espanyol 1||LIGA|
|Apr 3, 2014||Porto 1 - Sevilla 0||EL|
|Mar 29, 2014||Celta 1 - Sevilla 0||LIGA|
|2||Federico Julián Fazio||Defender|
|15||Jesús Navas González||Midfielder|
|14||Manu Del Moral||Striker|
The 27-year-old Spain striker was rested from the start against Barcelona but will lead the line on Wednesday. He has already scored more goals in all competitions than the 14 he managed last season and is looking to replicate the success he had in this competition in 2009-10, when Sevilla won the Copa del Rey.
The Colombia international has scored an impressive 21 goals in 22 Primera Division matches so far this season but has been rather less effective in the cups, where he has only two goals in the Copa del Rey and Europa League combined. Assuming he leaves the Spanish capital in the summer this competition represents his last hurrah with Atletico.
Atletico's 2-1 lead coming into this second leg could be a big advantage. They have the best defensive record in Spain this season and will be looking for a fourth clean sheet on the bounce against a Sevilla side that struggles for goals if Negredo is not firing.