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Prediction: Almeria vs Sevilla

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, La Liga 10 Mar 2024

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Verdict: Sevilla win

Best Odds: 5/4

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

Looking to skyrocket themselves away from a relegation scrap, Sevilla will travel to the Power Horse Stadium on Monday night when they meet Almeria.

Almeria

Starting with the hosts, while Almeria might have eventually clung to their La Liga status last season, La Union have endured an infamous top-flight nightmare this time around. Breaking a string of unwanted records this year and coming under a huge amount of scrutiny, Gaizka Garitano’s men have all but mathematically confirmed a Segunda return in 2024. Last seen putting in another toothless display as they slumped to a 1-0 loss away at Celta Vigo, Almeria have remarkably failed to muster a single win from any of their 27 La Liga appearances this season. Sat rock-bottom of the table and putting just nine points on the board, Monday’s hosts should also be worried by their most recent showdown against Sevilla. Suffering a woeful 5-1 drumming when they travelled to the Ramon Sanchez Flores for their reverse meeting on September 26th, Garitano’s side should be bracing themselves for another stern examination here.

Team News

Both still dealing with respective long-term injury issues, Almeria will once again be unable to call upon the duo of Luis Suarez and Ibrahima Kone on Monday night. Shown a second-half red card away at Celta Vigo last time out, January recruit Bruno Langa will miss out through suspension here.

Not making a single start over the past month, veteran striker Leo Baptistao could be handed a full recall at the Power Horse Stadium. Making a season-long loan switch from Italian outfit Lazio last summer, 25-year-old Luis Maximiano will once again start between the sticks.

Sevilla

As for the visitors, while Sevilla might still be dealing with a string of issues behind the scenes, Quique Sanchez Flores’ men have turned a recent corner. Despite opening the New Year in the midst of a public domestic struggle, the former Watford boss has seen his squad skyrocket themselves away from a looming relegation scrap. Last seen putting in a stunning performance at home against Champions League outfit Sevilla as they secured a 3-2 victory, Sevilla will be smelling the chance to make another statement here. Suffering just a single defeat from any of their previous six La Liga appearances, Monday’s hosts have also collected some heavyweight scalps. With their recent purple patch underlined by a 1-0 victory against former Spanish champions Atletico Madrid in February 11th, Sevilla will be seeking a repeat performance at the Power Horse Stadium.

Team News

All still dealing with respective injury issues, Sevilla will once again be unable to call upon the likes of Marcos Acuna, Lucien Agoume, Mariano Diaz, Joan Jordan and former Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela. However, after serving a one-match ban against Real Sociedad last time out, Argentina international Lucas Ocampos could make a full return here.

Notching four goals in his previous five domestic appearances, Morocco international Youssef En Nesyri will spearhead Sevilla’s charge on Monday night. Former Real Madrid superstar Sergio Ramos will start at the heart of Flores’ defence.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Almeria and Sevilla met for their reverse La Liga meeting on September 26th, Los Nervionenses picked up a 5-1 romp on home soil.
    • Almeria have remarkably failed to win any of their 27 La Liga appearances this season.
    • Sevilla have lost just one of their previous six La Liga appearances.
    • Almeria have drawn a blank in five of their previous six La Liga appearances at the Power Horse Stadium.
    • Morocco international Youssef En Nesyri has bagged four goals in his previous five domestic outings.

    Conclusion

    Turning a real corner since opening the New Year and dragging themselves away from a looming relegation scrap, Sevilla will certainly be smelling a golden opportunity here. Last seen putting in another stunning display as they secured an action-packed 3-2 victory against Real Sociedad, Monday’s guests have lost just one of their previous six domestic appearances. With Almeria remarkably failing to collect a single win from any of their 27 La Liga showdowns this season, we are backing an away victory at the Power Horse Stadium.

    Verdict: Sevilla win

    Best Odds: 5/4

    Bookmaker: Olympusbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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