NAME: Real Madrid – Sevilla
DATE: 22 Oct 2022
TIME: 19:00 UTC
VENUE: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
League-leading Real Madrid host a struggling Sevilla in the Spanish top flight on Saturday night.
Los Blancos have romped to nine wins from their first ten matches of the campaign and remain unbeaten across all competitions.
Sevilla, by contrast, endured such a dire start to the season – one win from their first ten matches – they parted company with former Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui. Jorge Sampaoli is unbeaten since returning to Andalusia but has won just one of his four games, drawing the others by the same 1-1 scoreline.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming head-to-head between these members of Spain’s recent elite.
Real Madrid team news
Thibaut Courtois has missed the club’s last six matches with a sciatic problem but Carlo Ancelotti revealed that he expects his first-choice goalkeeper to be available on Saturday.
Dani Ceballos remains a doubt with a hamstring injury but “will be back soon” according to his manager.
Real Madrid predicted lineup vs Sevilla
Real Madrid Starting 11 (4-3-3): Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba; Valverde, Tchouameni, Modric; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius.
Bench: Lunin, Carvajal, Vallejo, Nacho, Hazard, Asensio, Camavinga, Kroos, Mendy.
Sevilla team news
Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona fractured his fibula and sustained ligament damage during a major training ground injury in August. The Mexico international was quickly ruled out of the World Cup.
Karim Rekik’s hamstring problem is less severe but has prevented the versatile Dutch defender from appearing under the new coach Sampaoli. Fernando is still nursing a viral infection while his Brazilian compatriot Marcao is a significant doubt amid his ongoing fitness struggles.
Tanguy Nianzou limped off in the second half of Sevilla’s 1-1 draw against Valencia on Tuesday night with cramp but is expected to have recovered by Saturday.
After Papu Gomez’s dismissal was overturned by the VAR, Kike Salas was shown a straight red card while conceding a penalty in the 101st minute. Salas will be suspended for the trip to Madrid but Jose Gaya missed the spot kick, preserving Sevilla’s point.
Sevilla predicted lineup vs Real Madrid
Sevilla Starting 11 (3-4-3): Bounou; Carmona, Nianzou, Acuna; Montiel, Gudelj, Rakitic, Telles; Gomez, Mir, Torres.
Bench: Dmitrovic, Dolberg, Suso, Delaney, Isco, Januzaj, En-Nesyri, Navas, Lamela.
Real Madrid vs Sevilla score prediction
In their current imperious guise, few sides look capable of toppling Los Blancos. Elche’s beaten and befuddled coach Jorge Almiron admitted in midweek: “I had never seen a team play like Madrid.”
Sampaoli has failed to inspire an immediate uptick since his return and comes into the contest with a backline weakened by a poor transfer window and injuries.
While anything can of course happen, Real Madrid don’t appear to be in any great danger of losing their first league match at home to Sevilla since 2004.
Prediction: Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla