On Sunday, Sevilla will play Almeria at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in a Spanish La Liga match. Despite a shocking 1-0 victory over league leaders Barcelona last month, Almeria has largely struggled to adapt to the demands of top-flight football. In their most recent match, Villarreal defeated them 2-0, but they were fortunate not to lose by a significantly larger margin because their opponents repeatedly tore them apart.
The home team has had a difficult season and is currently in the bottom half of the league table. In their most recent league game, they were beaten 6-1 by Atletico Madrid, but in midweek, they beat Fenerbahce 2-0 at home in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League quarterfinal match. Sevilla has only 25 points from 24 games, putting them 17th in the league table. When they play this weekend, they will want to get back to winning the league.
Sevilla will be looking to continue their three-game losing streak this weekend after their most recent victory. They will be eager to play on Sunday because they have won six of their last seven home games. Four of Almeria’s last five league games have ended in defeat. They have battled for results out and about this season and could see out here.
Prediction: Sevilla 2-1 Almeria
Sevilla and Almeria will play in their 15th competitive matchup on Sunday. While the visitors have won four of those games, the hosts have won nine of those games. The two teams have only played to a draw once. In the previous meeting, the hosts lost 2-1, ending their seven-game winning streak in this matchup.
In their last 14 games against this opponent, the visitors have not kept a clean sheet. This season, Sevilla has scored 15 points at home. Elche (6) and Espanyol (13) are the only teams with fewer goals. Almeria is the only team in the top division of Spain to have won a league game on the road this season. With 42 goals conceded, La Union’s defensive record this season ranks second worst in La Liga.
Sevilla has three players suspended for this match, with Pape Gueye, Fernando, and Gonzalo Montiel all inaccessible for choice this end of the week. Meanwhile, the home team will be without several key players due to injuries to Loic Bade, Karim Rekik, Papu Gomez, Marcao, and Jesus Manuel Corona.
Youssef En-Nesyri is expected to lead the line on Sunday, supported by Bryan Gil, Oliver Torres, and Lamela, who came off the bench to score against Fenerbahce on Thursday. There shouldn’t be many surprises when it comes to the starting XI.
Gonzalo Melero is still out for Almeria because of a knee injury, and goalkeeper Fernando Martinez is also a big question after being substituted at halftime against Villarreal. After last week’s defeat to the Yellow Submarine, head coach Rubi probably won’t try to change his team’s lineup, but Samu Costa and Largie Ramazani might make it in. El Bilal Toure may be moved to the bench, and Luis Suarez is expected to once again lead the line.
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