Newly-crowned Spanish Super Cup champions Real Madrid will look to maintain pressure on Barcelona when they welcome Sevilla to the Bernabeu in the La Liga on Saturday.
Real Madrid Match Form
Los Blancos beat Atletico Madrid on penalties to win the coveted trophy and they will now shift their focus back to the league. They are currently 2nd in the table, with 40 points from 19 games, same as Barcelona. They lead Atletico Madrid and Sevilla by 5 points while Real Sociedad are a further 4 points behind.
Zinedine Zidane’s men will not be too bothered with the chasing pack and will only look to usurp the defending champions with every passing game. Further, the capital club are set to face Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 and will need to balance as they try to compete on both fronts.
Thus, every game is set to prove vital and the upcoming one will be targetted to secure nothing less than the full 3 points by Zidane.
Sevilla Match Form
Sevilla are looking to insert themselves into the title conversation but are 5 points adrift of the top to be taken seriously at the moment. Julen Lopetegui has done a remarkable job so far, improving upon last season’s 6th-placed finish.
While Real Sociedad and Valencia are only 4 points behind, the Andalusian club will only look to cement their spot in next season’s UCL, to begin with. In order to do so, they need to prove that they are no pushovers and a daunting trip to Real Madrid is the perfect time to show that.
In terms of team news, Madrid have quite a few injury concerns in the form of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard while Marco Asensio is a long-term absentee. Coming to Sevilla, Lopetegui is set to be without the services of Lucas Ariel Ocampos due to suspension.
Looking at head-to-head, the duo faced 49 times so far, with Madrid winning 30 to Sevilla’s 16. More importantly, there have only been 3 draws in their entire history and the trend is expected to continue. Further, these games have witnessed a whopping 192 goals, averaging over 3 per game.
Real Madrid vs Sevilla Prediction
Madrid have won 3 of the last 5 meetings, including each of the last 3 clashes at the Bernabeu. Further, there were 4 clean sheets in the last 5 meetings, despite 16 goals being scored.
Thus, once the goals start flowing, they do not stop, however, this could turn out to be a closer contest. Looking at recent form, Zidane’s men have picked up 9 points to the visitor’s 8 in the last 5 league games.
Thus, there is hardly anything much separating the two sides, however, the superior home form should see Madrid win in the end.
Real Madrid Predicted XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Vinicius, Isco, Jovic
Sevilla Predicted Xi: Vaclik; Navas, Carrico, Carlos, Kounde; Jordan, Fernando, Banega; Nolito, Munir, Oliver