La Liga Betting: Madrid to bounce back against Sevilla


Real Madrid 1.18, a draw 7.00, Sevilla 12.50

The disappointment of losing to Barcelona was bound to incite a reaction from the media here in Spain, as the fish bowl that is Real Madrid becomes even more transparent for Carlo Ancelotti.

After 17 encounters in three years, we had to wait eight months for the latest Clasico. Ancelotti aimed to gain an advantage with his tactical set-up, but ultimately failed, despite two potential penalty calls being turned down.

Ancelotti was nothing if not innovative in his gameplan. In a move designed to break up the play, Sergio Ramos played in midfield for the first time since 2005 on Saturday, but he never managed a single tackle, yet did commit three fouls. Then there was a not fully match fit Gareth Bale being deployed as a striker in only his second start. Out of position for the biggest club game in the world, it was certainly a baptism of fire for the Welshman. To add insult to injury, young right-back Dani Carvajal was handed a surprise start and subsequently given a torrid time by Neymar.

Now Los Blancos turn their attention to Sevilla in a fixture that has thrown up quite a few goals in the last couple of seasons. Sevilla have lost 4-1 and 3-0 in their last two visits to the Bernabéu, while there were those two remarkable 6-2 games at Sevilla in 2011.

Sevilla's horrendous domestic away form has continued into this season and could be a factor again; they were 2-0 up at Valladolid with ten minutes remaining but the game finished in a draw. It's 13 months since Unai Emery's side last won on their travels, so to do so at the Bernabéu tonight would be some feat.

Expect Cristiano Ronaldo, who has already notched up 18 goals in 15 appearances this season, to take his frustration out on the Sevilla defence. He netted a hat-trick the last time these teams met and is 3.15 to score the opening goal. A draw in the 3-way handicap market starting with Sevilla two goals up will give you a nice price of 4.60.

Score Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 Sevilla (11.00)


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