SEVILLA - ELCHE
More recently, the sturdy Sevilla had a bad experience playing against a modest Segunda native, Elche; at the beginning of March, “Nervion”, who were at a loss after losing in the Champions League and the missed chance to reach the final of the King's Cup, lost to the newcomer 1: 2. Less than 2 weeks later, the teams will have to meet again, albeit in a slightly different setting - they will pay tribute to the calendar and play 3 points in the second round match that was postponed since September.
Over the weekend, Julen Lopetegui's wards did a very important job - the victory in the derby over Betis does not solve all the problems, but with it an unsuccessful segment was interrupted, plus not only the strategically important 4th position was retained, but also the lead over 5 was increased places.
Taking into account all the difficulties currently facing the leading Atletico and the far from perfect game between Real and Barça, the victory over Elche will allow Sevilla to remain somewhere close to the championship race. Another question is that it won't be easy to win.
The Andalusians have a hard time digesting a busy schedule, that's why they suffer in seemingly passing matches, as it was in the away meeting with Elche. Seville will definitely be easier at home, but the guests, in front of whom the carnage for survival is already in full swing, will come to the Sanchez Pizjuan with only one goal - not to miss. How this will be implemented in practice, let's see if there is an option that the guests will be able to play with dignity, as it was in the recent away match with Real Madrid, when Karim Benzema brought his team to Victoria only at the finish flag.
NOTTINGHAM - NORWICH
One of the most interesting in the 37th round of the English Championship promises to be the confrontation between Nottingham and Norwich on Wednesday evening. The leader of the second division, who scored just a magnificent move (8 wins in the last 8 matches), intends to add another 3 points to the piggy bank and take another step towards a quick return to the elite.
Forest do not look like the guys who are able to interrupt this cruising movement of the opponent. They were weaker than the Canaries in the first round away meeting, they generally did not beat the yellow-greens in the last 4 head-to-head meetings. Moreover, the "forest" in none of the 4 previous matches of the Championship have not managed to get at least one victory.
It is for this reason that they are destined for the fate of the middle peasant, who is closer to the struggle for survival. The departure zone from Nottingham is at a relatively safe distance of 9 points, but you should never relax. And he won't. Among all the teams in the lower half of the table, Forest has the most reliable defensive line, and in general only 4 clubs, including the future counterpart, conceded them less often.
For already 8 games in a row, 2 goals scored together with an opponent is the limit for Nottingham. Considering the importance of the meeting both for him and for the opponent, it can be assumed that after 90 minutes the “bottom” will be fixed - this is clearly the case when the fact of victory is more important, and not the quality component of the shown football.
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