With the rope in the neck, Real Madrid will do this Saturday, December 9, the classic against Sevilla for the fifteenth round of the Spanish Championship in its 2017/2018 edition. At the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid, the match starts scheduled for 13:15 (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Real Madrid
Real are in their worst moment since Frenchman Zinedine Zidane took charge of the team. The lack of quality of its football has generated a series of criticisms and made news about possible signings in the European winter transfer market are sought. That was not in the plans. The club in the Spanish capital, generally eager to seek reinforcements, went virtually blank in the transfer period of summer, which is the most important of the season.
This situation of instability was caused by unconvincing results especially in the Spanish Championship. Current holder of the national title, the Real occupies a modest fourth position in the classification. With 28 points (eight wins, four draws and two losses), he is eight points behind Barcelona, the leader. Among them are Valencia (31) and Atletico Madrid (30).
The situation is slightly alleviated by the campaign that can be considered acceptable in the Champions League. Current double champion of the tournament, the Real managed to qualify well in advance for the round of 16. On Wednesday, December 6, also at home, just meeting table, Real defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-2. With that, he finished second to his group behind Tottenham. As the loss of the first place happened also in the previous season and nevertheless the team stopped to keep the cup, the fact ended up being minimized.
However, fans and analysts predict a year-end of probation for the Real. In addition to the classic against Sevilla, the team will have on December 23 the great classic with Barcelona. In that period, it will still have to divide to compete for the FIFA Club World Cup.
In addition to the tight schedule, coach Zinedine Zidane will have to deal with important casualties for Saturday’s classic. Right-back Daniel Carvajal (nine Spanish 2017/2018 games without a goal), defender Sérgio Ramos (12 games, no goal) and Brazilian midfielder Casemiro (12 games, three goals) are suspended.
The number of casualties may be even higher depending on the position of the medical department in relation to French defender Raphael Varane (nine games, no goal) and Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale (five games, two goals), who are recovering from injury .
The current form of Seville
Sevilla also had a midweek appointment. On Wednesday, they tied lazily with Maribor in Slovenia, 1 to 1. It was enough to secure second place in their group and a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Equality also increased the team’s unbeaten run sequence to six. There were four wins and two draws in the period. In La Liga, the team have won the last three games. He scored 28 points (nine wins, one draw and four losses). He climbed to fifth position.
Commanded by coach Eduardo Berizzo, the team also has limitations imposed for the escalation by the medical department. Athletes in the process of injury recovery, however, are far less important to the team in comparison to Real players in the ward. They are defenders Daniel Carriço (three matches in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship without a goal) and Nicolas Pareja (two games without a goal) and midfielder Walter Montoya (a game without a goal).
History of the matches between Real Madrid and Sevilla
The teams met four times last season. For the Spanish Championship, the home factor was decisive. In Seville, the venues won by 2 to 1. In Madrid, the Real thrashed by 4 to 1.
The other two matches were for the King’s Cup. Real took the best 3 to 0 at home and ensuring survival with the tie by 3 to 3 in the opponent’s stadium.
It is undeniable that Real Madrid has superior technical capacity to Seville. However, his recent performances have not been consistent with this advantage. The results obtained, although they are not spectacular, mask a little this deficiency since the ability of some athletes has avoided even greater stumbling.
Therefore, the price offered by Rivalo for the owners’ success, which is 1.30, seems to be very low for an irregular team against an opponent who has added the same number of points that he in the Spanish Championship.
This opens up the possibility of a higher risk guess. Success of visitors allows the multiplication of the investment by 8.50. Draw presents a prize of 5.70 per 1.