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La Liga, Real Madrid vs Sevilla: Projected lineups

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Real Madrid Projected XI: Casillas, Carvajal, Varane, Pepe, Nacho, Kroos, Illarramendi, Isco, James, Bale, Benzema.

Sevilla Projected XI: Beto, Coke, Arribas, Carriço, Diogo, Mbia, Krychowiak, Deulofeu, Suárez, Vitolo, Bacca.

For Carlo Ancelotti, it would make sense to keep both Marcelo and James on the bench, as they will miss Saturday's Madrid derby if they see a yellow card against Sevilla. However, James doesn't get booked very often, so Ancelotti might take the risk with the Colombian player. Marcelo's case will likely be different. Coentrao is not healthy and Marcelo is an undisputed starter this season, so Ancelotti will most likely start Nacho in this one.

Sevilla will try to harm Real Madrid through counterattacks with Deulofeo, Suárez, Vitolo and Bacca, just like last season. They were already dangerous in the UEFA Supercup win by Real Madrid, so Los Blancos will need to be careful with Sevilla's transition offense as their wingers are very quick.

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