Sevilla has taken 55 points from its first 28 league matches. They entered the weekend five points below third-place Real Madrid; seven points behind Barcelona; and, 11 points below their latest opponent.
Since overcoming their rocky start to the season, losing three of their opening six games, Sevilla haven’t looked like finishing outside of La Liga’s top four. Julen Lopetegui’s men have been consistent to capitalise on the poor form of teams around them and have opened up a nine point gap between themselves and fifth-placed Villarreal, with a game in hand. In 2021, Sevilla have won nine of their 14 matches, only losing to Barcelona and Elche, and they went into the international break unbeaten in three.
They face an Atletico side that may be feeling a bit anxious in the La Liga title race, having let a big lead slip. Although they remain four points clear of second-placed Barcelona, Atletico have won just four of their nine league games since the start of February, dropping 11 points in total (four draws and one defeat). That run included a draw and defeat to Levante but since losing they have built a five-match unbeaten run, beating Alaves 1-0 in their final game before the international break.
Sevilla y Atlético dirimen el duelo de la jornada 29 entre dos equipos situados en las cuatro primeras posiciones de la tabla. Lopetegui quiere romper la mala racha ante Simeone, al que no ha ganado nunca como entrenador (sí como jugador) y no solo consolidar la plaza Champions si no acercarse a la cabeza. Por su parte los colchoneros, con varias bajas importantes, afrontan uno de los duelos más complicados en las diez jornadas que le quedan para intentar salir campeones.
Perhaps more importantly, Sevillistas Rojiblancos were also 10 points above fifth-place Real Sociedad, meaning Sevilla has a very good chance of earning that fourth and final automatic Champions League spot for next season.