- Football - Spain - La Liga
I think the odds has not reflect the fact the Sevilla will be heavily crippled by suspension & African Cup of Nations duties.
Leading scorer Fabiano is suspended while Kanoute & Kone will miss out on international duties. Fabiano & Kanoute are the club's main goal source while Kone's absence means they have only Chevanton & Kerzhakov available upfront. The last word is Kerzhakov has injured himself during training so they are left with B team's Juanjo as Chevanton's partner upfront. Incidentally, Fabiano, Kanoute, Kerzhakov & Kone have accounted for 24 of Sevilla's 35 league goals to date i. e. 68. 6%!
Also out is key midfielder Keita, who has been an excellent buy. Left-back Drago & keeper Palop are also unavailable.
I can't say Athletic are the most reliable of sides but they can play good football when big clubs come to town. Home form hasn't been impressive at 1/6/2 but they don't lose alot. At least, 8 other teams have lost more games at home & their 8 goals conceded ranks amongst the top 10. It also helps that they register a win in their last game at San Mames - a 2-0 win over Hercules in the Copa.
All in all, this is a good opportunity for Athletic to pick up important points. At +0. 25, they look value against a depleted Sevilla side.
My price: Athletic lvl 2. 00
Prediction: 1-1 / 2-1
|07/01/2008 17:10, read 4895 times