After a couple of weeks of winter break, most European leagues are coming back to action. The 18th round of the La Liga will be played this weekend and there is a massive match-up on Sunday when Sevilla will host Atletico Madrid. Both teams have done a really good job this season and were both in really good shape before the break.
Date/Time: 1-6-2019, 10:15 EST
Spread: Atletico Madrid +0.0
Total: 2.25 Goals
Sevilla (9-3-5) are coming off a really anxious 1-1 draw on the road against Leganes in their last match. They were not very good in that match and their opponents took an early lead at the 5th minute. Sevilla struggled a bit in that match but eventually found the equalizing goal at the stoppage time for the final 1-1. They are undefeated in their last six matches in all competitions (3-0-3), keeping clean sheets in their wins while the draws were all at 1-1. They are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the league table with 32 points, having scored 30 goals so far against 17 conceded. They are two points behind Atletico Madrid and five points behind league leaders Barcelona. They are also just two points ahead of Real Madrid, so a loss here could drop them to the 4th spot. Sevilla have been great at home so far (6-1-1) where they have won each of their last ten matches in all competitions, keeping clean shes in the last four.
On the other hand, Atletico Madrid (9-1-7) didn’t have an easy job either in their last match before the break. They played host to Espanyol in that match and really struggled to create chances. Their opponents pretty much deserved at least a point from that match but Atletico Madrid scored the only goal of the match at the 56th minute for the final 0-1. They are now undefeated in their last 13 matches in all competitions (9-0-4), keeping eight clean sheets in the process. Atletico Madrid are still sitting at the 2nd spot of the league table with 34 points, two ahead of Sevilla and three behind Barcelona. They have been really hard to beat on the road but have not won a lot either (2-1-5). Out of their 12 away matches in all competitions, nine featured Under 2.5 Goals.
The two teams met on four occasions last season, twice in the league and twice in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. Atletico Madrid won both league matches, by 0-2 at home and by 5-2 in this venue. But Sevilla won both matches for the Copa del Rey.
Atletico Madrid have stood greatly in this venue in recent years (4-2-3), with five of those featuring Over 2.5 Goals. Both teams will try to keep their undefeated streaks intact here but I think that they can cover the Over 2.25 Goals here.
La Liga Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid Prediction: Over 2.25 Goals (-100)
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