Real Madrid will head to Sevilla tonight as they begin a crucial period that will test their credentials under Julen Lopetegui. Sevilla has not been a happy hunting ground in recent years for Los Blancos and victory here would be a huge boost for them ahead of the Madrid derby this weekend.
The hosts are on such a great run of form following a goal-scoring spree over their last two fixtures where they managed to put away 11 goals. Real showed that they could struggle when they were held by Athletic Bilbao, and Sevilla will be happy to meet them at this time when their own confidence is very high.
Real Madrid rested some of their key players for their home fixture to Espanyol during the weekend, including Gareth Bale who is expected back in their starting lineup.
Sevilla have won their last three league games against Real Madrid at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. They are in a good moment presently but so are Lopetegui’s men making this a tight contest. Real Madrid have shown some resilience and therefore backing a 1X Double Chance promises good returns at odds of 1.95 here.
Certainly, this is a game that should produce goals at each end, as all of the last five league meetings between them have produced Over 2.5 Goals with both teams on the score-sheet in four of their last five league encounters. Back Over 2.5 Goals alongside Both Teams to Score at odds of 1.60 this way.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has scored seven goals against Sevilla in all competitions, four of them were headers. This is the most number of goals than versus any other side in his professional career. He makes an excellent candidate for our Anytime Goalscorer market at odds of 4.15 here.
Wissam Ben Yedder is almost guaranteed to start following his hat-trick at Levante. Guilherme Arana could replace Aleix Vidal at left wing-back with the 3-4-3 set for another run-out.
Alvaro Odriozola is expected to start at right-back whilst Marcelo is fit to regain his spot at left-back. Toni Kroos and Bale should return following rests, while Casemiro may also get the nod for this fixture.
Sevilla: Vaclik, Carrico, Kjaer, Gomez, Navas, Banega, Mesa, Arana, Sarabia, Yedder, Vazquez.
Real Madrid: Courtois, Odriozola, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Kroos, Ceballos, Bale, Benzema, Asensio.