SEVILLA FC (4th) vs. SD EIBAR (17th)
Sevilla had their longest period of rest since the return from lockdown. After a run of 4 draws, a 3-0 win away to Leganés eased them into the longer layoff after increasing pressure from Villarreal & Getafe. Now that both those sides have dropped points, Sevilla now has a chance to regain a firm grip on 4th spot.
The reverse fixture was one of those forgettable away days where we surrendered a 2-0 lead. A total mental collapse which we have seen our backline learn from. Especially young CB Kounde — serving a suspension this match — who’s nerves sparked Eibar’s comeback. His stand-in, Sergi Gómez, unfornately has only helped this defence keep 1 clean sheet in his 6 starts in the league. Is a long night ahead for one of La Liga’s best defences?
Mendilibar has always made his team a tricky opponent. Their often risky high-pressing strategy tends to stifle teams who struggle in their build-up. This can prove difficult for Lopetegui’s squad, who usually start off slow. Eibar will be without midfield enforcer Escalante, and perhaps their most creative player in Orellana.
Our home games have left a lot to be desired, with or without fans. In stark contrast to previous Sevilla sides, we have the 2nd best away record, while we rank 11th (!) in terms of home performances. Also, we have scored in the 1st half in only 5 of those 16 home matches. Will Sevilla carry the momentum from last game and show their superiority? Or will they revert to playing down to the level of their opponents?
Yep both are out of contract and will not be with the squad.
I got a nice surprise this morning to start off this Sevilla Monday.
My April 50% of merchandise finally arrived after two trips to the US and a stay in customs.
I’m going to be positive and say we will win 2-0.
De Jong and Munir.
Banega & Óliver in midfield. Haven’t seen it much this season — with good reason — but creativity is in desperate need.
Probably strongest available starting XI.
That bench looks a bit though.
It’s damn serious stuff now and Lope goes with the obvious selection, Sergi Gomez being a forced change and it shows his reluctance to vary anything, he obviously has high confidence in Escudero, Munir and De Jong.
I hope the team doesn’t play so serious that it blocks the creativity but Oliver should be the player to avoid that scenario. Jordan has been pretty decent in recent games and he might be a bit miffed on the bench, but we need creativity.
After saying all that, I’m not predicting anything other than a weird game.
We definitely need to win this one. After we do so, it will be easier for the 4th.
Big big game for us. We have to go after it from the start! Vamos Sevilla!
Temperature extremely high at this moment and it will stay that way for the entire game, registering 36 to 38ºC in the streets.
Same lackadaisical buildup play from us. Same song & dance…
First quarter, Eibar in control, our first touches are terrible and we struggle to string 3 passes together.
And 3 minutes later we have 67% possession whattt?! Not sure how.
That possession stat is a lie. It was just the backline passing it between each other, and still managing to lose it.
Much needed timeout. Don’t know what the game plan is, cause we’re not even trying to go long. Why have De Jong if you won’t feed him?
Uhm that was a handball, alright let s see if we can win without the VAR
The game plan is clear, lose possession, make things difficult for yourselves, and if by chance you get forward, plant the ball in the middle where there is nobody, or look for a corner or penalty. Rinse and repeat.
Gotta love, Lope strategy. Especially first half times, he tries to see how difficult of a situation we can get ourselves in.
Can’t see many neutrals staying with this for the 2nd half. that was painful to watch.
Grew into the game as the half went on, with some decent looks for Ocampos. And the last action, where we finally went long, Ocampos almost got himself a goal.
Kinda glad we didn’t get any of those penalty calls. It’s about time we earn these goals.