Real Madrid travel to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán on Wednesday to take on Sevilla for the first time this season. This will likely be the toughest matchup Real have had so far in LaLiga, before Saturday’s El Derbi Madrileño at least.
Real won their last match against Espanyol 1-0, still having not lost a match in LaLiga yet. Sevilla won their last LaLiga match as well, defeating Levante 6-2 on Sunday.
These two clubs split both matches last season. Real won the first bout 5-0 in December of last year at the Bernabéu, while Sevilla won the second in Seville 3-2 in May.
Real have two tough matches on the road ahead of them that they will need to really try hard for to get all points possible. These next two fixtures should be a good indication of how Real will do against the better talent of LaLiga, since they have faced weaker sides so far.
Real are still without Vallejo and now Isco has been added to the injury list. He underwent an appendectomy (appendix surgery) earlier on Tuesday, so he will miss Sevilla and may miss El Derbi on Saturday. Carvajal is also set to miss his second match in a row with injury.
Sevilla are without Gabriel Mercado, Sergio Escudero, and Maxime Gonalons. Mercado suffered a fractured arm, while Escudero has a dislocated elbow. Gonalons is out with a broken leg.
Courtois; Odriozola, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Asensio, Benzema
Marcelo rested against Espanyol, so he’ll likely be back to face Sevilla on Wednesday evening. Kroos and Bale were also rested so they’ll likely be back in as well. With Isco now out, Asensio and Bale will likely be paired up yet again on the wings. Courtois started against Espanyol, so he may start against Sevilla as well, though Navas could certainly start in either of these next two matches as well.
Vaclík; Gómez, Kjær, Carriço; Navas, Vásquez, Banega, Sarabia, Vidal; Ben Yedder, Silva
2-2 Real Madrid-Sevilla
The last time Real won in Seville was all the way back in May of 2015. Just based on history, I’ll go with a draw. It’s been even longer since Sevilla defeated Real at the Bernabéu. Historically, home pitch has played a huge part in matchups between these two sides.
A win or even a draw are both ideal for a midweek match. It’s huge if they can win these next two matches obviously, but getting points is the goal in a heated title race so far. They certainly can’t afford to lose either match, and certainly not both with Barcelona not losing yet either.
It’s a tough week for Los Blancos, but there should be full confidence that they can get it done right. These next two matches, especially El Derbi, will prove how Real can stack up against LaLiga’s tougher clubs. This will be an interesting match, even more so if Real can manage to finally get an away win against Sevilla.