Just three days after their last encounter in the Copa del Rey, Spanish rivals Sevilla and Real Madrid renew their rivalry as they meet once more at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in their fourth head-to-head fixture of 2016-17.
If Thursday’s entertaining 3-3 is anything to go by, fans could be in for a classic. And with both teams gunning for the title, the outcome could have a huge impact on the entire season.
Sunday’s action starts at 7:45PM. Let’s hope we can win some money too.
Sevilla To Keep Title Bid Going Strong?
A change of manager last summer has worked wonders for the Europa League holders, and Jorge Sampaoli has turned his Rojiblancos into a genuine contender thanks to a wonderful first half of the season.
Sevilla enter the weekend second, although Barcelona will probably leapfrog them on Saturday afternoon, and know that a win over the leaders would put them within one point of top spot. The players can take confidence from the fact they won last season’s corresponding clash, but they’ll be under no illusion regarding the enormity of the task at hand.
Including extra-time, Sampaoli’s men have shipped three goals in all three prior meetings this term. However, they have scored five too while the addition of Stevan Jovetic will bolster their options in the attacking third.
The hosts have enjoyed fantastic league form, winning their last three games with a total of 11 goals whilst their home record stands at seven wins from eight. If anyone can beat the leaders right now, it’s them – although Zinedine Zidane’s men will have something to say about that.
Record Breaking Madrid Out For Game 41
Thursday’s draw saw the Blancos set a new Spanish record of 40 games unbeaten, and they’ll be looking to further underline their current dominance with a big result here.
A win would see them sit top by at least five points with a game in hand, and they should be confident as several stars – including Cristiano Ronaldo – return to the team after sitting out the midweek cup clash.
The Blancos have been sensational in the league, not least on the road where they’ve scored 21 and shipped just five from their seven away games. Zidane is still without Gareth Bale, but his men have continued to thrive in the Welshman’s absence.
This incredible run, which was embodied by Sergio Ramos’ cheeky penalty on Thursday, will come to an end at some stage. On current form, though, the leaders will certainly fancy their chances. One way or the other, it should be a thrilling encounter.
Sevilla v Real Madrid Betting
This won’t be an easy game for Real Madrid, but they still enter it as odds-on favourites at 19/20 while Sevilla are priced 13/5. Alternatively, a repeat of Thursday’s draw is available at 14/5.
The headlines have been all about Lionel Messi in the last 10 days or so, but Ronaldo’s heroics at the Bernabeu should not be forgotten. The 2016 Ballon d’Or winner will be determined to prove that he is still number one.
Returning with a goal in such a huge fixture would do just that, and we’re backing him to score the game’s first.
Sevilla are performing extremely well, but still come up short against the league leaders. With a 40-game streak behind them, we’re expecting the Blancos to shine once more.
Zidane’s men have scored goals for fun against the Rojiblancos this term. Can that continue with goals in both halves here? At odds of 11/8, it’s certainly worth a punt.