Friday, May 26, 2017

Prediction: Real Madrid vs Sevilla

Verdict: Home win

Best Odds: 2/11

Bookmaker: bet365

Real Madrid are close to achieve another historical season. Aside from reaching a berth in the UEFA Champions League final earlier this week, they are also the main favourites to win LaLiga title with three games left on the schedule. However, they will face one of their toughest matches left when they host Sevilla at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this Sunday.

Real Madrid

Ahead of the three games left in their league campaign, there is no question Sevilla is the toughest one left for Los Merengues. However, Zinedine Zidane’s men have already proven they can play against them. Despite losing their last league meeting this season, Real Madrid came out on top both in the European Super Cup, and the Spanish Super Cup. League games are a different story, but Real Madrid have been in very good form of late. Los Blancos have three straight league wins, and they know another victory would put them pretty close to a new Liga crown.

Team News

Zidane will have the majority of the first-team squad at his disposal for this game.

Pepe returned to training earlier this week, and it seems he’s on track to start at the back alongside Sergio Ramos. Raphael Varane is doubtful, while Gareth Bale and Dani Carvajal are both out.

Sevilla

Sevilla do not have a chance to win the league title anymore, but that does not mean the team will play for nothing. Jorge Sampaoli’s men are fighting with Atletico Madrid to clinch the third place in the standings, as that would give them a berth in the UEFA Champions League for the upcoming season. For that to happen, however, they need to play better. Recent form suggests they only have two wins in their last five league matches, and they also need to tighten things up defensively. Sevilla have conceded at least once in six of their last seven games across all competitions. That is a recipe for disaster when playing against a team like Real Madrid.

Team News

 

Sevilla are not nearly at full strength as Real Madrid are ahead of this Sunday contest. Pablo Sarabia is suspended, and Benoit Tremoulinas has been ruled out due to injury.

As if that wasn’t enough, Mariano, Adil Rami, and Vicente Iborra are doubtful. And while Daniel Carrico has returned to training, he remains a long shot to feature in this game.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Real Madrid have won the last three Liga matches, scoring 12 times over that span.
  • In fact, Los Merengues have the second-best attack in the league with 96 goals in 35 matches (2.74 goals per game)
  • Sevilla only have two wins in their last five Liga matches (2W 2D 1L)
  • Sampaoli’s men are riding a six-game streak without wins on the road.
  • The last six games between both clubs have seen over 2.5 goals.

Conclusion

Both teams need the three points to inch closer to their respective objectives. However, Real Madrid have all the momentum on their side, while Sevilla have struggled when playing away from home of late. Expect Los Blancos to take another step toward the Liga title with a solid win at home.

Verdict: Home win

Best Odds: 2/11

Bookmaker: bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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