Atletico Madrid hosts Sevilla in their final match of 2023 in La Liga at home, aiming to bounce back from recent disappointments and secure a win against a struggling Sevilla side on Saturday afternoon.
Atletico Madrid faced a tough period, suffering a 2-0 defeat against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga before being held to a 3-3 draw by Getafe in their last league fixture.
The Red and Whites currently sit fourth in the table, striving for consistency to keep up with the league leaders.
Their upcoming opponents, Sevilla, began new coach Quique Sanchez Flores’s tenure with a positive note, securing a 3-0 victory over Granada. This win was Sevilla’s first since September and moved them to 14th place in the league standings.
Last season, Atletico won both La Liga encounters against Sevilla, boasting a strong home record this term with eight wins and a draw from their nine home matches.
Sevilla, experiencing a disappointing campaign, have struggled to find form in La Liga and suffered a bottom finish in their Champions League group.
Atletico Madrid will miss Stefan Savic due to suspension, along with Pablo Barrios and Thomas Lemar due to injuries.
Coach Diego Simeone is likely to make changes, introducing Cesar Azpilicueta in defense and potentially starting Alvaro Morata alongside Antoine Griezmann in attack.
Sevilla will be without several key players due to fitness issues, including Djibril Sow, Joan Jordan, and several others.
Ivan Rakitic is set to return from suspension, while coach Flores might maintain the same lineup that secured a win against Granada.
Atletico Madrid: (3-5-2)
Azpilicueta, Witsel, Hermoso;
Molina, De Paul, Koke, Riquelme, Lino;
Gudelj, Ramos, Salas;
Juanlu, Suso, Soumare, O Torres, Pedrosa;
Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-0 Sevilla
Given Atletico’s strong home record and Sevilla’s injury woes, Atletico is favored to secure a comfortable victory. A 2-0 win for the Red and Whites seems probable in this encounter.