Sevilla will be bidding to secure their first victory of the 2022-23 La Liga season when they make the trip to Power Horse Stadium on Saturday night to face Almeria.
Julen Lopetegui’s side have only picked up one point from their opening two matches against Osasuna and Real Valladolid, while Almeria have also collected one point from their first two games.
Almeria were promoted back to La Liga for the first time since 2014-15 due to their impressive 2021-22 campaign, which saw them win the Segunda Division with a total of 81 points from 42 matches.
La Union were handed a tough test on the opening weekend of the new season, welcoming the champions Real Madrid, but they put in an impressive performance and only lost 2-1 to Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Almeria managed to pick up their first point of the season against Elche on Monday, with Umar Sadiq’s 23rd-minute effort cancelled out by Alex Collado as the two teams played out a 1-1 draw.
Rubi’s side will be determined to put their first win on the board as soon as possible, and they have some important matches on the horizon, with Real Valladolid, Osasuna and Mallorca their opponents over the next few weeks, which are the type of games that could determine whether they remain in the league.
Almeria will be the underdogs heading into Saturday’s contest, and they have not managed to overcome Sevilla in Spain’s top flight since December 2010, which is an indication of the size of their task in this fixture.
Sevilla, meanwhile, have made an underwhelming start to the campaign, only picking up one point from their opening two matches, which has left them down in 12th position in the table.
Lopetegui’s side suffered a 2-1 loss to Osasuna in their first game on August 12 before being held to a 1-1 draw by Real Valladolid last time out; Sevilla were actually 1-0 behind until the 86th minute of the match, with Karim Rekik securing a late point.
Los Nervionenses were fourth in La Liga last season, only three points behind second-placed Barcelona, but the early indications are that they could struggle to enjoy a similar campaign, with some important players moving on in the shape of Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos.
Tanguy Nianzou, Marcao, Isco and Alex Telles have arrived to boost the squad, though, and a victory on Saturday would certainly boost their confidence ahead of the clash with Barcelona at the start of September.
Sevilla are working to improve their squad before the end of the transfer window, and it would not be a surprise to see more players arrive before the deadline, with the club again set to operate in the Champions League during the 2022-23 campaign.
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We say: Almeria 1-2 Sevilla
Sevilla are in need of a victory due to their underwhelming start to the season, but Almeria will certainly be fired up to secure a positive result. We are expecting a close match on Saturday but believe that Sevilla’s additional quality will allow them to claim a narrow victory at Power Horse Stadium.