Real Madrid will be looking to bounce back from their midweek Champions League exit, as Sevilla visit the Bernabéu.
On Wednesday it was the venue for Bayern Munich to triumph in a dramatic penalty shoot-out which scuppered José Mourinho’s ambitions of attaining the coveted trophy, now he’ll be looking to make sure they get back to winning ways. Sevilla are the visitors, of whom still have aspirations of achieving European qualification this season.
Last time out Madrid was at Camp Nou, and they triumphed, which all but made the league crown virtually assured. It was a tremendously disciplined performance that switched into a devastating counter attacking mode in an instant. They are now unbeaten in 19 league games, and will look to make it 20 here. To get the win, they are at 1.25. If you wish to increase the odds at 2-0 win at 9.00 looks very decent.
This one is an early kick-off on the Sunday morning, so it could be that the fatigue from Wednesday comes into play. With that in mind we should see various changes from Mourinho, the likes of Esteban Granero and José Callejón might find themselves in the starting line-up for instance. Ricardo Carvalho remains the only serious injury.
As ever, the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuaín and Karim Benzema will be favourites to score. They’re found at 1.33, 1.65 and 1.83 respectively. The Portuguese’s double against Barça meant that Madrid had reached 109 goals for the season, a new record in La Liga. Mesut Özil will be lurking around for an assist too, as he’s now got 16 in the league.
There have been over 2.5 goals in 18 of Madrid’s last 20 home games, and that’s something that could be easy money. You can find it at 1.30.
Sevilla meanwhile have only won 4 of their away games this season, and last time on their travels a 5-1 defeat to Getafe was regarded as a humiliation. It was their joint heaviest defeat of the season, along with a 2-2 defeat at the hands of Madrid.
They managed a 1-1 draw with Levante in their last game, one that they really needed to win if serious about qualifying for Europe. It wasn’t to be the case however, as they produced another uninspiring performance when they needed the opposite. They’re 10.00 to get a win here, though a draw at 6.25 might be more sensible given their form.
Álvaro Negredo is in fine form for Sevilla, and has six goals in his last six appearances. The rugged attacker makes his presence felt amongst defenders, and he can be backed at 3.80 to score anytime. Jesús Navas is the supply line, and he has the most assists in the league from anyone outside of Barça or Madrid.
Gary Medel and Manu Del Moral are both out through suspension, and the Chilean particularly will be a significant loss as his excellent defensive work screens an often shaky defence. There’s a chance then that Ivan Rakitić could feature in a deep midfield role.
It’s difficult to see Sevilla really being up for this one with so little to play for, and it’s quite possible it could be a low-scoring affair given the hosts’ midweek excursions. Either way, no one is expecting an exciting contest here. Sevilla look very decent value at 1.95 not to score at all during this game.
PREDICTION: Real Madrid to win comfortably
BEST BET: Under 3.5 goals is at 1.86, while José Callejón to score is 2.05.