After a heated Spanish Super Cup clash with Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid will be turning their attention to the La Liga in another heated competition. This time, they will be hosting Sevilla at the Bernabeu Stadium with the match scheduled for 18th January, with kickoff at 18:00 GMT.
The Spanish Super Cu was one for the books which ended with a goalless draw at the end of the extra time. The match saw Valverde pick up a red card after a tackle on Morata. The red card turned out to be the match saviour as the game headed to penalties.
After clinching the Super Cup, another accolade that can mark Zinedine Zidane’s coaching career is by clinching the La Liga title. This will not be that easy especially with the heated battle with contenders Barcelona.
Sevilla, on the other hand, is fourth on the La Liga tied off with third-placed Atletico Madrid with 35 points. Coach Julen Lopetegui has put forward mixed results in the La Liga, but a solid foundation has seen the side maintain a Champion’s League slot chances.
Will Zinedine continue with his impressive winning streak or will Sevilla prove to be a thorn in the side’s flesh.
Real Madrid vs Sevilla Head to Head
Both sides have met 37 times in La Liga with Real Madrid taking home 23 wins while Sevilla contended with 13 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Sevilla 0-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla
Sevilla 3-0 Real Madrid
Sevilla 3-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla
Real Madrid 4-1 Sevilla
Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 4-0 Sevilla
Real Madrid Team News
Injury woes at the camp’s side include infection by winger Gareth Bale, bruise by forwarding Karim Benzema, sprained ankle by Sergio Ramos, a hairline crack in the foot by Eden Hazard and the cruciate ligament rupture by Marco Asensio.
Despite the injury woes in the attacking options, young starts Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo have become a solid plan for Zidane’s attacking threat. New signing Luka Jovic is yet to net a goal for the Los Blancos.
Sevilla Team News
Lucas Ocampos started the season with a blow bagging five goals and five assists; however, he has failed to net a goal since November in their clash against Real Betis. Leading the line of a risk of a yellow card suspension includes forward Ever Banega, Oliver Torres, Joan Jordan and Diego Carlos.
Prediction and Odds
Real Madrid is on a mission to retain their title hopes against rivals Barcelona hence will not compromise a loss against Sevilla.
Real Madrid Win
Both Teams to Score
Goals Under 2.5