Real Madrid v Sevilla will be the first game of 2017 for Los Blancos, who face Andalusian giants on Wednesday (20:15, UK time) at Santiago Bernabéu stadium. This fixture is a clash in the first leg of the Last 16 Round of La Copa del Rey tournament.
Real Madrid v Sevilla Preview
Zinedine Zidane will struggle to make a team to face Sevilla in the first game of 2017. Los Blancos play at Santiago Bernabéu almost one month later they beat Deportivo in the very last minute. In the meantime, they’ve won another trophy for the museum, in the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.
The team might be exhausted after a long trip and Zidane has several players injured. The French manager has not called Cristiano Ronaldo in the list, who will rest. Besides, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Lucas Vázquez or Mateo Kovacic are all injured after the final against Kashima Antlers. James Rodríguez, Morata or Kiko Casilla should start the game.
Sevilla are in good form after thrashing Celta and Málaga in the last two games of La Liga. Jorge Sampaoli cannot count with Franco Vázquez sanctioned and Tremoulinas and Krohn-Dehli are out with different injuries.
Real Madrid v Sevilla Predicted Line Ups
Real Madrid (4-4-2): Casilla; Marcelo, Nacho, Varane, Carvajal; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, James Rodríguez; Morata and Benzema.
Sevilla (3-4-3): Sirigu; Mercado, Pareja, Rami; Escudero, Mariano, N’Zonzi, Nasri; Vázquez, Vitolo and Vietto.
Real Madrid v Sevilla Betting Tips
Real Madrid have won 8, drawn 2 and lost 0 games out of the last 10.
Sevilla have won 6, drawn 1 and lost 3 of the last 10 games.
In the last 10 games, R. Madrid have scored an average of 2,8 goals and have received and average of 1,0 goals.
In the last 10 games, Sevilla have scored an average of 3,1 goals per game and have conceded 1,5 goals per game.
There have been over 2,5 goals in 8 of the last 10 Real Madrid games.
There have been 2,5 goals in 9 of the last 10 Sevilla.
Real Madrid v Sevilla Prediction
This should be a very tough game for Real Madrid. Los Blancos face the clash without very important players. Besides most clubs struggle after the FIFA Club World Cup and the squad should be exhausted after a long trip. However, we should believe in Zidane’s side and we think they could beat Sevilla in a short result.
Sevilla are usually a very offensive team, although they played very defensively in tough stadiums such as Juventus Torino or Olympique Lyon. We think this can be a close game, without many chances.
The last time both teams met was in the European Supercup, back in August. Real Madrid won the trophy in the extra time thanks to Dani Carvajal, who scored the winner. Sergio Ramos was also a key player, scoring the equalizer in the 93rd minute. In La Liga, Los Blancos thrashed Sevilla (4-0) last season.