Wednesday, January 17, marks the opening of the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup in Spain 2017/2018. At the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Atletico will host Sevilla in the opening of the duel that is worth a place in the semifinals. The start of the match is scheduled for 16h (Brasília time).
The competition establishes definitions in round-trip matches. The second game, in Seville, is scheduled for January 23. If there is a tie in number of points won, the definition can be made in the goal balance or even through the use of the qualified goal – marked away from home – as a tiebreaker criterion.
The recent performance of Atletico Madrid
The capital’s team opened their participation in the competition against Elche. He had a little more difficulty than expected in the first game. His neat finish made the score 1 – 1. He was replaced by Wanda Metropolitano.
In the round of 16, the classification was achieved with much greater ease. Atletico began the dispute against Lleida also as a visitor. In the return game, only completed the service making it 3 to 0 in the match that marked the re-scoring of striker Diego Costa, hired with Chelsea and enrolled in the January transfer window.
Expelled in the Spanish League, the top scorer was out of the game on Saturday, January 13, when Atletico, out of their dominions, beat Eibar by 1 to 0 and remained the tournament’s deputy leader. With 42 points (12 wins, 6 draws and a loss), he is nine behind Barcelona, leader and undefeated.
For Wednesday’s duel, the striker must be resubmitted. Most likely as a starter. The coach Diego Simeone has only two medical doubts to define the team that will seek to extend the series of five victories followed in the last games and 100% use in 2018. They are in the medical department the defender Felipe Luis (13 games in the Spanish 2017 / 2018, a goal) and midfielder Nicolas Gaitan (six games, no goal).
The current form of Seville
The situation of Seville is much more complicated. The team dismissed coach Eduardo Berizzo due to poor results. His replacement, Italian Vicenzo Montella, who was dismissed by Milan for the same reason, has failed to improve the club’s performance.
On Sunday, January 14, away from home, the team was beaten by Alavés, who until then was in the relegation zone, by 1 to 0. It was the second traumatic defeat followed. Before, Sevilla had taken Betis 5 to 3 in the city classic.
The failures caused the team to fall to sixth in the table of the Spanish Championship. He has 29 points (nine wins, two draws and eight losses). It is at the limit of the zone of classification for European tournaments with only two points of advantage in comparison with the Eibar, seventh place.
Goals have been missing to the team. With 23 goals, Sevilla have the worst offensive performance in the top ten in 2017/2018 LaLiga.
In the King’s Cup, the situation has been calmer. In their opening duel in the competition, Sevilla scored 3-0 in Cartagena, away, and thrashed 4-0 to the rival in the return game advancing without any problem to the Round of 16. At this stage he also advanced without any drama. He beat Cádiz 2-0 and made it 2-1 in his dominion.
Montella has just two athletes in the medical department and they are doubtful for the game this Wednesday. Defenders Daniel Carriço (three matches in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship, without a goal) and Nicolas Pareja (two games, no goal) are in the process of injury recovery.
History of the matches Atlético de Madrid vs Sevilla
In the first round of LaLiga in its 2017/2018 edition, Atletico Madrid beat Sevilla 2-1. It was the second consecutive victory over the rival in their domains. In the previous season, in the old Vicente Calderón, the team of the capital made 3 to 1. Sevilla did not win in Madrid since 2010, when they made 2 to 0 in a match for the King’s Cup.
Atlético suffered from offensive problems in the first half of the season. With the acquisition of Vitolo and Diego Costa managed to improve on this issue. At home and in front of a declining Seville is the best guessing option for this Wednesday’s showdown. It has a price of 1.45 in Rivalo. Draw returns 4.30. Visitor success yields 7.50 per real invested.