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Sevilla should secure their semi-final spot

First-leg deficit leaves shot-shy Atletico Madrid in deep trouble

Sevilla's players celebrate their win at Espanyol with coach Vicenzo Montella
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Copa del Rey quarter-final, second leg
8.30pm Tuesday

Sevilla are in the box seat for a place in the Copa del Rey semi-finals after winning at Atletico Madrid last week and they can finish the job on home soil.

Vincenzo Montella’s men came from behind with two late goals to secure a 2-1 win in the first leg at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

It was yet another example of Atletico failing to build on a one-goal lead. They did it twice to their cost against Chelsea in the Champions League and also at home to Girona on Saturday, a match which finished 1-1 after Antoine Griezmann had fired the hosts in front.

This lack of goals is a constant source of concern for Atletico and it won’t help that Diego Costa – the man who opened the scoring in the first leg – has been ruled out of the second leg through injury.

While Atletico were dropping precious points against Girona, Sevilla were easing to a routine 3-0 win at Espanyol thanks to their best performance under Montella, whose appointment was far from overwhelmingly popular among supporters.

These are the two lowest-scoring sides in the top nine in La Liga so, with a lead to protect, Sevilla should prove hard to break down.

And if Atletico have to take risks as the game wears on – and away goals count after 90 minutes so Sevilla are in a seriously strong position – Montella’s men could well get opportunities on the break. Back the hosts draw no bet.

Recommendation
Sevilla draw no bet
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A lack of goals is a constant source of concern for Atletico and it won’t help that Diego Costa has been ruled out of the second leg through injury
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