Real Madrid will look to bounce back from their Champions League elimination by claiming a win over Sevilla to go to the top of La Liga.
Real Madrid host Sevilla at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium on Sunday in a crunch clash that could see them occupy top spot in La Liga with a win. The Whites have defeated the Andalusians in each of their last 13 home meetings in the Spanish top-flight, but their need for all three points is arguably at its gravest in this weekend’s meeting.
Zinedine Zidane has a reasonably sized squad available for this fixture, but Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez and Raphael Varane remain out. Sergio Ramos is the latest absentee and might miss the whole season, whereas Ferland Mendy also misses out as a result of muscular discomfort. Nonetheless, Los Blancos will be able to field a strong line-up.
Thibaut Courtois will keep his place in goal. The Belgian has just three clean sheets less than Jan Oblak in the running for the Zamora Trophy. A number of absentees in defence means Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez will once again form a pairing in the heart of the backline. The duo has been in brilliant form in recent weeks.
Marcelo will return to left-back. The Brazilian has been in poor form but there are little options at Zidane’s disposal right now. Federico Valverde, who is finally fit after his recovery from the coronavirus will play as the right-back. The Uruguayan played in the position against Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League and to good measure.
Casemiro will continue to be the defensive midfielder. He has three goals in his last two home matches against Sevilla. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will once again pair together in the advanced midfield positions. Julen Lopetegui’s side is good with the ball, which is why the midfield battle will be key in swinging the result in either side’s favour.
Eden Hazard will be handed a third successive start and the Belgian will hope to cap off a series of bright displays with involvement in the goals. Marco Asensio will start on the right wing having featured in a half-decent cameo at Stamford Bridge mid-week. Karim Benzema will inevitably lead the line and hope to extend his goal-scoring tally for the season.
Do you think Los Merengues can claim a win to remain alive in the title race?