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Preview: Atletico Madrid travel to Sevilla in a battle of two of La Liga’s finest

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One of Atletico’s biggest tests of the season awaits at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

Club Atletico de Madrid v Granada CF - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Sevilla ended their 22 game winless streak away from home last weekend with a 2-3 victory over Leganes thanks to a late Pablo Sarabia strike. At home? Well they’re more than competent opposition. They have lost just twice in 21 games and with Atletico coming in search of all three points, this might be an epic encounter at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Both sides are coming off the back of 1-0 victories in the Champions League with Atletico downing Rostov in Russia with a Yannich Carrasco goals and Jorge Sampaoli’s troops put Dinamo Zagreb away with a first-hald Sami Nasri goal.

Nasri, a summer acquisition for Sevilla has been in excellent form with three goals in his last four games. The former Arsenal and Manchester City attacking midfielder is proof that Monchi is one of the greatest transfer gurus in the game.

You can also add Matias Kranevitter and Luciano Vietto to the list of players he brought in over the summer for Jorge Sampaoli but neither have really clicked at the Andalusian club.

Kranevitter seems to have become a back-up option for Sampaoli while Vietto is playing but not scoring - something that happened all too often for Atletico Madrid last season. He has not scored in La Liga for over a month but both are allowed to play during Atletico’s visit to Sevilla despite the fact that they are on loan.

Atletico’s turnover was not as great during the summer but they did buy one player who is performing well and he came from their rivals on Sunday. That player is Kevin Gameiro and the idea is he will start up front having been rested from the start against Rostov.

Sevilla will look to attack Atletico with Jorge Sampaoli saying as much during his press conference ahead of the game on Sunday. “We'll look to hurt a team that not many do that to,” he said.

Atletico have no fresh injury concerns and will possibly line up as follows: Oblak, Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Luis, Koke, Saul, Gabi, Carrasco, Griezmann and Gameiro.

It would not be a surprise, however, to see Tiago play a role from the start and this will depend on just how defensive Atletico are willing to go tomorrow despite having blossomed in an attacking set-up in recent weeks.