Since returning to Spain after September’s draw at Juventus Stadium, Sevilla have picked up 17 out of a possible 27 points in La Liga – a string of results that sees them sitting pretty in third place after 12 league matches, only two points off Barcelona and six behind league leaders Real Madrid.
Arguably their most impressive victory was that against Atletico Madrid on 23 October, a result which has helped them to tighten their grip on the Champions League qualification spots while pushing their rival outside of the top four for the time being. Atletico are currently down in fifth.
The 1-0 scoreline achieved that day was one of only three clean sheets Sevilla have managed in La Liga this term along with a 0-0 away to Villarreal in late August and another 1-0 triumph over inter-city rivals Real Betis on 20 September.
More often than not, Jorge Sampaoli’s men have needed to score more than once in order to take maximum points, as the wins over Deportivo Alaves (2-1) and Leganes (2-3) in October as well as yesterday’s dramatic comeback victory over Deportivo La Coruna (2-3) clearly show, not to mention the 6-4 scoreline against Espanyol on the opening day of the season.
Notoriously tough to confront on their home patch, the Rojiblancos had won all of their matches at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan until Barcelona came from behind to secure all three points (1-2) on 6 November.
Sevilla supporters will have been equally satisfied by their side’s impressive form in the Champions League. Three victories and a draw from their first four group games have seen the Spaniards occupy top spot, two points above the Bianconeri, and a fourth victory on Tuesday would enable them to qualify as Group H winners.
Sevilla’s scoring threat is very much spread across the park with a number of players chipping in with key contributions. Strikers Luciano Vietto and Wissam Ben Yedder currently lead their scoring charts with five goals apiece in all competitions, but midfielders Pablo Sarabia, Samir Nasri, Franco Vazquez and Steven N’Zonzi have each scored three, while tricky winger Vitolo has two goals to his name so far.