Real Madrid’s failure to advance to Champions League final this season could impact the future of a number of players and even the manager himself. The only way to salvage this season is by retaining La Liga throphy. This weekend would be a crucial one for all teams involved in the title race as the entire teams on the top four are locking horns for securing their chances. Madrid will be playing host to Sevilla, whose hope is fading after the unexpected loss in their last outing.
Both teams’ previous games
Madrid was rather hapless in the midweek while taking on Chelsea in Stamford Bridge. They were beaten 0-2 through Timo Werner’s header and Mason Mount’s strike. It was the first time Zidane was not able to seal a win at the UCL semifinals.
Their counterpart, Sevilla, was also stunned last weekend by Athletic Bilbao. A single late goal by Inaki Willliams crushed Jesus Navas and Co’s ambition to be in a tight title race for a domestic title. It was their eighth loss this season.
Zinedine Zidane could be deploying 3-4-3 again with the probable transformation to 4-3-3. Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vasquez are ruled out for this fixture. Ferland Mendy will be operating on the flank alongside Alvaro Odriozola on the right while in the middle Casemiro and Toni Kross will still be occupying the area to support Luka Modric behind Karim Benzema and Marco Asencio.
Meanwhile, Julen Lopetegui might consider deploying 4-2-3-1 to accommodate Papu Gomez in optimising his potential as the number ten-man. Youssef En-Neysiri shall be leading the attack with the support from Papu Gomez, Jose Suso and Lucas Ocampos on both wings.
Players to watch
Karim Benzema is expected to add his tally here. The former Lyon man has scored twenty one goals and made eight assists in La Liga this season. Some other notable names to watch are Casemiro contributing six goals and three assists, Toni Kroos who has netted three goals and provided eight assist and the Brasilian youngster Vinicius Junior.
In Sevilla, the top performers of the season are the French defender, Jules Kounde, the defensive midfielder Fernando Reges, the Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos who has just bagged five goals and made four assists and the striker Youssef En-Neysiri, who is also the top scorer of the club with 17 goals.
Real Madrid vs Sevilla Prediction
The loss in their previous fixture might shake their confidence here, especially the Andalusian side who has never been involved in a title race for ages. Karim Benzema and Co could take this opportunity to secure the important three points which could lift them off to the top should Los Rojiblancos stumble in Camp Nou. A narrow win for Zidane’s men is still likely.