Sevilla welcome Real Madrid at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday afternoon for an intriguing La Liga fixture.
Three straight La Liga wins have seen Sevilla close in on the visitors in the La Liga table standings and they are now 5th on the log with 16 points, one behind Real Madrid, with a game in hand. Another win here will see them swap places in the chart.
At home, Sevilla has been really impressive in recent months, with the shock loss to Eibar at the start of the season being their only home loss in the last 15 matches. They are on a good run currently winning 6 of their last 7 games in their backyard.
Julen Lopetegui, who incidentally was sacked by Real a few months into the job, opted to rest some players in their midweek game against Chelsea and he paid the ultimate price as a dominant Chelsea team ran riot in a 4-0 win to guarantee top spot in their Champions League group. He will have his regular starters back for this one.
Real Madrid’s defence of their La Liga crown has been running into headwinds owing to their torrid form at the moment. They have not won any of their last three La Liga matches, having lost to Valencia, drawn at Villareal and suffered a 2-1 loss at home to Alaves in their last outing.
The story has not been any different for them in the Champions League which has been their bread and butter, particularly in the last decade. They lost 2-0 away to Ukrainian side Shakhtar in midweek which put their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage in serious jeopardy.
The rumour mills have been rife with stories of disquiet in the locker room. Zinedine Zidane, despite his impressive resume as a player and coach for this club, will need to muster all his power to get a result here, lest he the disquiet turns into a full-blown crisis that could ultimately land him a date with the hangman’s noose.
Despite Real Madrid’s current poor form, they still remain a dangerous team with a lot of talented players. They’ve shown their true form when their backs are against the wall. Los Bloncos thrashed Barcelona in the El Classico earlier in the season and recently picked up a 2-0 away win against Inter Milan when most pundits had written them off in both instances. We feel the return of both Sergio Ramos and Benzema gives them a bit of an edge in this tight battle and we are backing them to win with a +1 handicap @ 1.48 with Fezbet for our initial betting tip.
Both teams will be looking to shake off the hangover and disappointment of their respective midweek games. Both coaches will demand a response from their players, particularly on the defensive end. We are likely to have a closely contested affair here with very thin margins for error. Goals may come at a premium in this match and we fancy Under 3.5 goals to land @ 1.40 with Fezbet Welcome Bonus for our final prediction here.
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