Sevilla – Zaragoza

Coming back from an international break that saw several of our starters called up for their respective clubs, and which also featured a new episode of Law & Order: LFP, Sevilla players can turn their attentions back to actual La Liga matches.  Today we face up against Zaragoza, which carry a four-year losing streak against us into the encounter.  They are a team sitting precariously close to the drop zone with a one point edge over Málaga.

We get them at home and we get them in a spot where a win could bump us from 7th to 5th (pending other results) while also putting us nine points away from the Champions League.  Zaragoza is in a strange run of 1-0 loss at Barcelona, 4-0 win over Valencia and 1-0 loss at Mallorca.  They will be without one creative boot in midfield, as Edmílson will miss the match with an injury he picked up in practice this week.  Meanwhile, Sevilla will see Cáceres, Navarro and Palop return to the squad.  Cáceres and Navarro both served suspensions for card accumulation two weeks ago when we beat Valencia in the Mestalla.  If there is any momentum still remaining after the break from our last two matches (1-1 vs. Barcelona, 0-1 vs. Valencia), it would be helpful for us today.  Succumbing to a lesser opponent’s energy and skill level is an ever present worry for a fan of the sometimes inconsistent Sevilla F.C.

But there’s inconsistent and there’s bad, not that Zaragoza is “bad,” but they’ve been fairly limp this season, tallying only 28 goals in 29 matches.  Fazio and Escudé will hopefully be able to hold things down in the back.  They will likely play in front of VARAS, who may officially solidify himself as the number one keeper if he gets the start tomorrow.  With Palop healthy now we’ll have to see what Manzano does; my guess is that he opts for the younger, more confident VARAS.