Despite a laboured win for Real Madrid over the weekend against Espanyol, they still had enough in the tank to take all three points. For Sevilla, it wasn’t a bad week either, having kicked off their Europa campaign in style against Standard Liege, before wrapping up a win over Levante at the weekend.
This is the fits mid-week league fixture of the season for both sides and one expects a lot of familiar faces on the pitch. Both teams have gone through upheavals over the summer in the form of manager and personnel and it will be interesting to watch what tactics the sides employ to continue their winning run.
The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium is one of the daunting places to visit and Sevilla are sure to give the visitors a testing time. Having hit 6 goals last time around, Sevilla will hope to grab something from the game. With rivals Barcelona dropping points over the weekend, both Madrid and Barcelona are now level on points with goal difference being the only factor that separates them.
Date: 25th September
Kickoff: 22:00 (local time), 1:30 AM (IST – 27th September)
Venue: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium
Having whacked half a dozen goal against their hapless opponents Levante over the weekend, Sevilla come into this game with a certain air of confidence. Manager Pablo Machin has managed his troops well. The Red and White side beat Madrid 3-2 in May, and will look to emulate that performance.
And given the firepower at his disposal, one wouldn’t be surprised if the game turns out to be an end to end game. The defensive of the game for Sevilla still needs to be worked upon and their reputation for the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan being a fortress needs to be reinstated, having lost 5 times already in 2018.
The likes of Andre Silva and Wissam Ben Yedder are expected to lead the line against Madrid. Another fascinating fact about this fixture is the number of late goals that have been scored in this fixture.
With Isco being diagnosed with acute appendicitis, one can expect Asensio to retain his place and welcome back Welsh winger, Gareth Bale to the side. The defence for Madrid may also welcome back Marcelo and Carvajal, both of whom were absent over the weekend due to injuries of varying degrees.
A VAR goal was the difference between Madrid and Espanyol over the weekend. And with the Madrid derby to come, one may see elements of tiredness among some of the players, especially the midfield. Real Madrid it seems is still to hit top gear under Loptegui but have displayed a sense of adventure every time they play this season. Thibaut Courtois should continue in goal despite questions about his display.
Sevilla (3-5-2): Vaclik; Gomez, Kjaer, Carrico, Vidal; Sarabia, Banega, Vasquez; Navas, Andre Silva, Ben Yedder
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos, Casemeiro; Bale, Benzema, Asensio.