Daily Tips – Atleti to add to Sevilla’s struggles


Sevilla are struggling at the moment and are unlikely to receive any sympathy from Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey.

The first leg of their quarter-final takes place at the Wanda Metropolitano, a ground Los Colchoneros are starting to get a feel for after treading water during the early part of their transition from the Vicente Calderon.

Despite failing to make the knockout rounds of the Champions League, just one domestic defeat all season has seen Atleti emerge as Barcelona’s biggest rivals in La Liga, albeit they are nine points adrift.

Despite progressing past Cadiz, new Sevilla boss Vincenzo Montella has yet to win in the league and there is a feeling the decision to sack Eduardo Berizzo was premature.

The hierarchy, who have built Los Rojiblancos’ success on stability, seem to have underestimated the impact of losing both Jorge Sampaoli and transfer guru Monchi last summer.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Alaves was symptomatic of their recent struggles and they could face another frustrating night when they travel to the capital.

Atletico’s organisational strength means goals could again be an issue for Sevilla and I fancy the home win to zero at 6/5.

Elsewhere, Lille seem to be getting their act together, with Christophe Galtier’s simplified methods bringing the best out of the players following the chaos of Marcelo Bielsa’s short tenure.

Rennes are the visitors on Wednesday and, having faltered on the road of late, I’m backing Les Dogues to triumph at 6/5.

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