In what looks like it could be an enjoyable affair from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Saturday evening, Real Madrid will make the trip to Sevilla.
Starting with the hosts, while Sevilla might have been disappointed after settling for a 1-1 draw away at Elche earlier in the week, Los Nervionenses should find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Punching their Europa League final ticket on May 18th as they claimed a famous 3-2 aggregate victory against Italian heavyweights Juventus, Jose Luis Mendilibar’s men have only continued to shine since returning from the World Cup’s winter break. In fact, along with opening May with an action-packed 3-2 victory against Espanyol, the former Athletic Bilbao boss has seen his side lose just one of their last 14 straight appearances across all competitions. With that extended purple patch stemming all the way back to a 2-0 loss away at Getafe on March 19th, Sevilla could be smelling the chance to make another domestic statement on Saturday evening. It should also be highlighted, the Andalusia-based outfit have suffered just a sole defeat at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium since the end of February.
All dealing with long-term injury issues and not set to feature for the remainder of the season, Sevilla will be without the trio of Tanguy Nianzou, Marcao and Joan Jordan on Saturday evening. Likewise, shown a straight red card against Elche in midweek, Pope Gueye will miss out through suspension here.
Despite recording just a single goal in his last seven outings, Youssef En Nesyri will spearhead Mendilibar’s charge. Notching two goals in his last three La Liga appearances, ex-Tottenham ace Erik Lamela should partner En Nesyri in attack.
As for the visitors, coming under a huge amount of scrutiny over the past few weeks, Real Madrid are simply looking to sign off their La Liga campaign with a flurry. Making a crucial return to winning ways earlier in the week as they claimed a 2-1 victory against local rivals Rayo Vallecano, Carlo Ancelotti’s side are seeking some much-needed stability. Crashing out of the Champions League on May 17th after slumping to an infamous 5-1 drumming at the hands of Premier League giants Manchester City, Los Blancos have won just a trio of their last seven appearances across all competitions. Blown away by historic rivals Barcelona this season and a million miles away from defending their domestic crown, the one-time AC Milan boss should at least be excited by an eye-catching record against Saturday’s opponents. Claiming a 3-1 romp when they welcomed Sevilla to the capital for their reverse La Liga showdown on October 22nd, Madrid are unbeaten in each of their previous eight meetings against Los Nervionenses.
After having his red card overturned earlier in the week, attacking talisman Vinicius Junior could make a full return on Saturday evening. However, dealing with a muscle injury and missing both of Madrid’s last two La Liga appearances, Mariano Diaz is once again a major doubt.
Drawing a line under his mini four-match draught after finding the net against Vallecano in midweek, reigning Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema will lead Ancelotti’s attack at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
Key Factors to Consider
- When the two sides met for their reverse La Liga meeting on October 22nd, Real Madrid picked up a 3-1 victory at the Bernabeu.
- Likewise, Los Blancos are unbeaten in each of their last eight straight meetings against Sevilla across all competitions.
- However, the now-former Spanish champions have won just a trio of their previous seven appearances.
- Sevilla have suffered just a single domestic defeat at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium since the end of February.
- Five of the last six meetings between Sevilla and Real Madrid have finished with both teams finding the net.
While Real Madrid might have made a crucial return to winning ways earlier in the week, Los Blancos are seeking some much-needed stability. Remarkably losing each of their last four straight appearances outside of the Spanish capital, Sevilla could be smelling the chance to spring an upset here. Punching yet another Europa League final ticket on May 18th as they came past Italian giants Juventus, Los Nervionenses are enjoying what has been a famous flurry. Suffering just a single defeat from any of their previous 14 outings, Mendilibar’s side have also continued to shine on home soil. Despite not picking up a domestic win against the now-former champions since back in 2018, we are expecting a home double chance here.