Los Blancos’ success in winning Super Copa Espana last week has added up more confidence boost for them as they managed to win without their main forwards who happened to be injured.
This weekend should be the perfect time for them to secure another win and topple Barcelona, which is currently in the turmoil after sacking Valverde and appointing the less-known inexperienced-for-big-team candidate. They will be hosting Sevilla, which is on the third of the table with only five points away from Zidane’s men.
Real Madrid and Sevilla Previous Matches
Real Madrid’s campaign this season seems to be going in the right direction, despite the fact that their new signings, Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy, have not been at their best so far. Last weekend, in Riyadh, Los Merengues won the Super Copa title after defeating Atletico Madrid by penalties.
Sevilla had the same result in the previous match. They were unable to win while taking on Athletic Bilbao and held in 1-1 draw. Julen Lopetegui’s men were one goal behind as Andre Capa found the back of the net. Fortunately, they could take advantage of Unai Nunez’s own goal in the second half.
Zinedine Zidane is one of the modern football managers who tend to be less strict in terms of formation. He is quite adaptable in various formations depending on their opponent. However, this former French star is often in favor of 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation with Real Madrid.
The former Spain national team and Real Madrid’s boss, Julen Lopetegui, also often deploys the similar 4-3-3 formation relying on ball possession. However, he still has a goal-getter issue to resolve as the main scorer currently happens to be the winger Lucas Ocampos, instead of the targetman Luuk De Jong or Munir El Haddadi.
Players to Watch
The top performer in Madrid’s squad is surely Karim Benzema. Yet, since he will still be sidelined, the most notable ones are Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. They both have scored two and three goals each.
Their counterpart, Sevilla, counts on the Argentinean connections, Ever Banega, the top assist provider with six assists, Lucas Ocampos the top scorer with five goals and Franco Vazquez. Another notable one is the wing-back Sergio Reguilon.
Real Madrid vs Sevilla Prediction
Zizou’s men are definitely the clear favorite to win the game. They have more solid defense and better squad. The only concern on the home side is the absence of Benzema and Luka Jovic’s disappointing form. This is something Sevilla should take advantage of. If Ever Banega could do so, a possible draw can be claimed in Bernabeu.
La Liga Betting odds
The punters are seemingly still on the host’s side. They are projected to win at 1.60. Lopetegui’s men are only priced to win at 5.10, whereas the draw result is at 4.40.
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