Match Preview, Team News, Form Guide & Squads
Sevilla go head to head with their visitors in a battle for European qualification : something that would have been almost impossible to imagine at the start of this season for newly promoted Almeria.
Almeria have been one of the surprise packages of the season and, under Unai Emery, they find themselves in seventh place in La Liga with six games remaining. However, defeat to sixth placed Sevilla this evening would leave the visiting side nie points adrift of the final UEFA cup spot and, with just fifteen points left to play for, effectively end their dream of European qualification.
Sevilla must be considered favourites in tonight's match after rediscovering their form in this second half of the season, and with a home record bettered only by Real Madrid Barcelona, they will be looking to move up in to fourth place .
If they are to snatch that final Champions League spot, the Sevilla will need a little help from their bitter rivals Real Betis, who play fourth placed Atletico Madrid this evening.
Sevilla's Andres Palop knows what needs to be done and is not prepared to let petty local rivalries stand in the way of the club's ambitions. He said "I want Betis to win against Atlético because if we also win we would move level on points with Atlético. You must watch out for your team. If Betis are victorious against Atlético they would be doing us a great favour."
"We are going to need six victories, but we must take them game by game, starting with a win against Almeria. Then we'll see if we can continue to pick up three points after three points. The team is confident again, we are three points behind fourth place and there are six games left. We must put everything into achieving our goal," added the Sevilla keeper.
Almeria were 1-0 winners when the two sides met earlier in the season.
Form Guide :
Sevilla W6 D1 L3 (Home W11 D1 L4) / Almeria W3 D4 L3 (Away W3 D5 L7)
Adriano returns from injury, but Ivica Dragutinovic, Julien Escudé and Ernesto Javier Chevantón are all likely to miss out.
Pulido and Juanito return to the squad following suspension. Third choice goalkeeper Aitor Alcalde is included in place of Cobeño, on loan from Sevilla, who is contractually prevented from playing.
Confirmed Squad: Diego Alves, Aitor Alcalde, Bruno, Acasiete, Carlos García, Pulido, Mané, Domingo Cisma, Guilherme, Juanito, Soriano, Felipe Melo, Iriney, Corona y Juanma Ortiz, Ortiz, Negredo y Kalu Uche.