Top of the table clash in Madrid
A top of the table clash in La Liga for Sunday evening entertainment in the form of Real Madrid and Sevilla. This feels like the best opportunity the visitors have had for a very long time to realistically contend for the league title. Former Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has taken Sevilla to new levels as the centre back partnership of Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde continues to blossom in Seville. The Galacticos will be desperate to regain the league title after Atletico Madrid have made a slow start and Barcelona seem to be more worthy of the top four race.
Karim Benzema has been comfortably the best player in the division this season, and since Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus for that matter, the Frenchman will have a huge part to play if he is to drag the league leaders over the line against the most watertight defence in La Liga.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men can be devastating going forward and have overperformed to slam home 32 goals from 27.1 expected goals (xG), comfortably the best attacking process in the division. It has not been as impressive at the back, with the attacking contingent carrying the team a little, Real have conceded 16.9 xGA at an average of 1.30 per game which ranks them eighth for defensive process.
Real are one of the best teams to watch in La Liga, as teams have found success through resilient defending in recent years so the Galacticos provide a refreshing alternative to that, exaggerated by the summer departures of Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos. Sevilla are third for attacking process averaging 1.74 xGF per game, easily trending as a side more than capable of competing to win La Liga this season.
A tricky one to predict depending on how adventurous the managers are in a huge encounter.
- Real have scored in nine of ten.
- Real have conceded in seven of ten.
- Real have seen both teams score in seven of ten.
- Real have seen over 2.5 goals in nine of ten.
- Sevilla have scored in eight of ten.
- Sevilla have conceded in five of ten.
- Sevilla have seen both teams score in four of ten.
- Sevilla have seen over 2.5 goals in three of ten.
I am happy to take overs due to just how impressive Real have been in attack. Sevilla will likely concede and then have to come out of their shell.