Tonight, Real Madrid hosts one of the best teams in the league, Sevilla. The current Europa League champions will be visiting the Santiago Bernabeu tonight looking for their first win away from home of the season. The team from Sanchez Pizjuan sits comfortably on 5th position on the table and is looking to knock Villareal off that last CL position at 4th, especially after beating the side last week at home. Sevilla will be using all of their resources on the wings to hurt Real tonight, especially Konoplyanka, who depending on who Madrid places on RB will have a big impact on his game, I think we all remember how Danilo dealt with him last time, so maybe, just maybe Carvajal would be a better option.
Los Blancos don't have many things to fight for in this competition, but Zinedine Zidane will still give minutes to the starters to see if the team finds their groove after some mediocre displays over the last few weeks. While Madrid usually perform well at the Bernabéu, they need to improve away from Madrid quite a lot if they want to be competitive in the Champions League this season.
Ramos and Pepe are both out of the team today, meaning that Varane and Nacho will be starting in the center of the defensive line. Neither one of them have been playing well lately, but they will need to step their game up today against a Sevilla side that can be very dangerous on offense.
Karim Benzema returns to the squad as well after missing some weeks with a hamstring injury. He's been one of the best players for Madrid this season and Zidane clearly needs his creativity to shake things up upfront, where Madrid have struggled this season.
Sevilla will fight hard to get their first away win of their Liga BBVA campaign but if Real Madrid play with intensity and focus Zidane's men should be capable of getting the three points.