It's Matchday 27 in LaLiga, and Sevilla FC will be playing on Saturday 7th March at the Wanda Metropolitano against Atlético de Madrid. The encounter will be the third game of the matchday, as both teams have European fixtures this week. Atlético will travel to Liverpool on Wednesday for a showdown at Anfield in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Last 16 tie; whilst Sevilla FC will host AS Roma in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League Last 16. However, it's league business at the minute and this game kicks off the final third of the league campaign. Going into the stretch, the Nervión side sit in third place in the league with 46 points after two consecutive victories over Getafe and Osasuna. They sit two places ahead of their opponents on this matchday.
Sitting on 44 points, you will find Atlético de Madrid, who would have been on the same points tally as Sevilla FC if they hadn't drew in their previous outing against Espanyol. However, Atlético have won their last two games at home in the league: against Villarreal (3-1) and Granada (1-0); with the small matter of the 1-0 win over Liverpool thrown into the mix. This encounter is vital in the race for the Champions League spots up fro grabs this year. A Sevilla win would stretch their lead over Atlético to five points, as well as helping their goal-difference as the first match between the sides in Nervión ended 1-1. On the other hand, a win for the home side tomorrow would see them leapfrog Sevilla. Curiously, all statistics might point towards the possibility of tomorrow's match ending all-square; as this is the fixture that has had the most draws in the history of LaLiga: 50 draws in 151 games.
Sevilla FC will be without Fernando through injury and Óliver through suspension; with the home side missing Thomas
With respect to both sides' squads for the clash, neither Julen Lopetegui nor Diego Simeone will have their holding midfielders: Fernando and Thomas respectively. In addition for Sevilla FC, they will have to do without Óliver Torres as he is suspended. In Lopetegui's press conference, he underlined the fact that his side are full of "ambition heading into this special and exciting game"; whilster further adding: "We know that at the big stadiums, it's always hard to get the win".
The game will kick off on Saturday 7th March at 16.00 at the Wanda Metropolitano. The referee for the encounter will be Hernández Hernández, with González Fuertes in charge of VAR.