Off the back of impressive European mid-week clashes, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid will slug it out at Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday with both teams hoping to nick all points for their respective causes.
Sevilla, basking in the security of a dominating performance against Manchester United on Wednesday, will hope such hegemony can be imposed on this clash too. Former ‘Rojiblancos’ goalkeeper David De Gea proved a tough wall to break through as he made a UEFA Champions League record-setting 8-save to deny the Vicenzo Montella’s men their duly deservde to fruit of their dominance.
Sevilla are currently 5th on the log with just 7 points separating them from Valencia who dropped to 4th after Real Madrid won their outstanding game at the Burtaque on Wednesday.
Bar the rather shambolic 5-3 home lost to Real Betis at the turn of the year, Sevilla are still unbeaten at the Sanchez Pizjuan this season and they’ve clubbed selfsame Diego Simone side 5-2 on aggregate enroute to Copa Dey Rey Final.
Atlectico Madrid gubbed FC Copehagen 5-1 on aggregate to advance to Europa League round-16 and the ‘Rojiblancos’ haven’t lost a league game since December when they bow away to Espanyol. Infact, they’ve won 6 out 7 La liga games in 2018 which has seen them reduce the previously yawning point-gap at the top of the log to reasonable 7-point.
Both teams are in formidable form rin their respective ways but on a night where it’s “all in or nothing” like this, it should boil down to who wants it more.
Girona, who are enjoying a season they could only dream of at the beginning of the season, will visit Camp Nou for the first time ever in La liga. With a potential Europa League ticket in sight, Pablo Machin’s men will hope to subject Barcelona to their first league defeat this season in this newly fangled Catalonia Derby.
Valencia will host Real Sociedad at the Mestella and a chance to wrestle the 3rd place off Real Madrid who’ll be hosting Deportivo Alaves.
La liga Jornada 25 fixtures:
Deportivo – Espanyol
Celta Vigo – Eibar
R Madrid – Alaves
Leganes – Las Palmas
Barcelona – Girona
Villarreal – Getafe
Athletic Bilbao – Malaga
Valencia – Sociedad
Sevilla – Atletico Madrid
Levante – Real Betis