Atletico Madrid travel to Seville on Sunday night to take part in one of the most historic games in La Liga. Real Betis, recently promoted to the top flight and coached by Pepe Mel, arrive into the game in 11th place in the league. Los Verdiblancos are coming off the back of a win in their last league appearance having travelled to Malaga to collect all three points.
Meanwhile, Atleti will attempt to take advantage of the result in El Clasico by moving ahead of their Madrid neighbours and into second place behind only Barcelona.
Head to Head
Atletico have not conceded a goal against Real Betis since August 2012 when they beat their opponents 4-2. The last time Real Betis got a result from this fixture was in April of the same year when a 2-2 draw was enough to see them earn a point. Their last victory in the tie was in December 2011 when they defeated Atletico 2-0 at the Vicente Calderon.
Joaquín vs Torres
In addition to today's historical aspect, we found that both teams have a similar story to tell. Both teams recovered an idol of recent times this season. Fernando Torres and Joaquin are again wearing the jerseys of the clubs who they have in their hearts. The boost given to the fans by the return of the two players, including Torres who will most certainly start up front, means that Sunday night's game will be as exciting as ever.
Joaquin will have to be watched very closely by Atletico's defensive line. The skilled winger has an excellent capacity to dribble past opponents, invent chances and has an excellent ability to cross the ball into the most dangerous area of the field.
Ruben Castro is, and has been for many years, the top scorer at Real Betis. The savvy striker has seven goals in 11 league appearances this season and it is very rare to see him waste an opportunity.
Dani Ceballos is another reason to tune in. The promising midfielder will probably start the game from the bench but spectators will possibly be given a glimspe of his skills later in the game.
Changes caused by injury
Despite being fresh off an international break, Atletico will be without some of their most important players. Simeone will not be able to call upon the services of Jackson Martinez, injured during international duty, or Juanfran. Jose Gimenez and Luciano Vietto have recovered but will not start in place of Stefan Savic or Jackson Martinez. Also, Gamez takes the right back position after starring in a good second half against Sporting Gijon.
The final training session saw Simeone play with this XI: Oblak; Gámez, Savic, Godín, Filipe Luis; Koke, Gabi, Tiago, Carrasco; Griezmann, Torres.
Diego Pablo Simeone confirmed at a press conference that Fernando Torres will be in the starting XI and hoped the striker gets his 100th goal for Atleti. Benito Villamarin seems an ideal candidate to concede the long awaited goal, and probably brings good memories to the academy player.
In: Oblak, Moyá, Godín, Giménez, Savic, Filipe Luis, Gámez, Siqueira, Tiago, Gabi, Saúl, Koke, Óliver, Carrasco, Correa, Griezmann, Luciano Vietto and Torres.
Out: Lucas, Thomas (tactical) and Juanfran, Jackson (injury).