La Liga leaders Real Madrid welcome Sevilla to the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday evening in a key clash. The visitors have a chance to top the league if they get three points, but their last victory over Los Blancos in Madrid dates from 2008.
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Sevilla: La Liga TV
Where and when: Santiago Bernabeu – 28 November, kick-off 20:00
Last time: Eden Hazard’s last minute equaliser saved Real Madrid from a rare home defeat against Sevilla in the last meeting between these teams back in May. The game ended 2-2 and also saw Marco Asensio finding the back of the net, while Ivan Rakitic and Fernando were on target for the visitors.
Real Madrid v Sevilla Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory away to Granada finally allowed Los Blancos to top the La Liga standings. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have 30 points after 13 games, just one point above second-placed Real Sociedad, but the capital outfit also have a game in hand.
Ancelotti’s side will be looking to extend their league at the top on Sunday, but that won’t be easy as third-placed Sevilla visit the Santiago Bernabeu. Julen Lopetegui’s men are only two points behind Real, so they could even earn top spot if they emerge victorious from their trip to Madrid.
However, that will be far from easy, as Real Madrid are still undefeated at home in the league this season. Los Blancos have three wins and two draws at the Bernabeu, while they are unbeaten in their last 13 La Liga meetings with Sevilla in Madrid.
Real earned a hard-fought 2-1 win over Rayo Vallecano in their last home game, with Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema finding the back of the net. Both are expected to start against Sevilla on Sunday evening, as Carlo Ancelotti has only a few injury concerns.
Dani Ceballos, Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and Federico Valverde are recovering from injuries, but none of them were expected to start. Ancelotti is expected to stick with Marco Asnesio, Benzema and Vinicius Junior up front in what is arguably the best attacking line in the league.
Sevilla have lost four of their last five meetings with Real. However, Lopetegui’s men were seconds away from getting a historic win at the Bernabeu last season. Eden Hazard’s last minute equaliser spoiled the party, but nevertheless the 2-2 draw was a good point for the visitors.
Sevilla score a last-gasp equaliser of their own in their last La Liga game, as the Andalusians drew 2-2 at home against Alaves. Ivan Rakitic and Lucas Ocampos scored the goals for the hosts, but their usually tight defence let them down.
Lopetegui’s men have conceded only nine goals since the start of the campaign, which is the second-best record in the league. The ex-Real Madrid tactician will have his full squad available and will be hoping to get a result against his former team.
Despite this, at 15/4 a Sevilla victory on Sunday will undoubtedly be a surprise. A second consecutive draw between these teams can be backed at 3/1, while Real Madrid remain firm favourites and a win for the hosts is available at 7/10.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema leads the current La Liga top scorer rankings with 10 goals in 12 appearances. The Frenchman has simply been fantastic this season and it’s no surprise that he is the favourite to break the deadlock on Sunday at 18/5.
One to watch for Sevilla: Youssef En-Nesyri has recovered from injury and is expected to start on Sunday. The Moroccan forward has four goals in only seven La Liga appearances this term, so he’ll be eager to increase his tally and is 6/1 to score first in these Real Madrid vs Sevilla predictions.
Long shot: Real Madrid have won their last two home games 2-1, while this was also the result in Los Blancos’ last win over Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu. A repeat of that score on Sunday can be backed at 15/2, while the odds rise to 61/1 if you add En-Nesyri as the first scorer.