Real Madrid VS Sevilla – LIVE Football Soccer 17/4/2022
Real Madrid will be bidding to strengthen their already-firm grip on first position in the La Liga table when they make the trip to Estadio Ramon to face Sevilla on Sunday night. Los Blancos are 12 points clear of second-placed Barcelona at the summit, while they are also 12 ahead of third-placed Sevilla, who are battling to remain in the top four at a key stage of the season. In February, Sevilla were staying in touch with Real Madrid in the La Liga table, but a four-game winless run between March 4 and April 3 effectively ended their hopes of winning the title, and they are now in a battle to secure a top-four position.
Julen Lopetegui’s side managed to record a huge 4-2 victory over Granada last Friday, with Rafa Mir and Alejandro Gomez coming off the bench to score in stoppage time, and the result, coupled with a defeat for Atletico Madrid, left them in third spot in the table on 60 points. Sevilla are level on points with second-placed Barcelona but sit just four points ahead of fifth-placed Real Betis, while Real Sociedad are also in the argument for a top-four finish this season, so there is certainly pressure on Los Nervionenses to continue picking up points.
Rojiblancos have not actually finished higher than fourth in La Liga since 2009, so third would be a huge achievement, but they disappointingly exited the Europa League at the last-16 stage, losing to West Ham United over two legs. Sevilla’s home form this season has been excellent, picking up 37 points from their 15 league matches, remaining unbeaten in the process, but they will be welcoming a Real Madrid team with the best away record in Spain’s top flight this term, claiming 35 points from their 15 fixtures.
Real Madrid lost 3-2 to Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday evening but managed to progress to the semi-finals courtesy of a 5-4 aggregate success, with Karim Benzema’s 96th-minute effort at Bernabeu proving to be the deciding goal.
Los Blancos will take on Manchester City in the semi-finals of the competition, and the fact that they are in such a commanding position at the top of the La Liga table should hand them an advantage in their pursuit of European glory.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have recorded back-to-back league wins over Celta Vigo and Getafe since the Clasico defeat before the international break, and they sit at the top of the division with 72 points.
Real Madrid are 12 points clear of second-placed Barcelona, who have a game in hand, and it is difficult to imagine them dropping enough points over the next few weeks to allow others back into the race.
The Whites will take on Osasuna and Espanyol in their final two league games in April before facing Atletico Madrid, Levante, Cadiz and Real Betis in May, and it could be a famous campaign for the capital giants, as they bid to make it a La Liga and Champions League double.
Los Blancos are currently top of the Spanish top flight and have a sizable lead over their opponents. It could rise to 15 points should Carlo Ancelotti’s men prevail this weekend. While they will still have played more games than the chasing pack, it could prove pivotal given the handful of matches left in the season.
Real Madrid are coming off the back of a thrilling 2-3 loss at home to defending European champions Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League. Despite the loss, the Merengues secured themselves a spot in the last four of the competition and will be keen to get back to winning ways.
Sevilla, for their part, have punched above their weight this season and for a time were in contention for the title. They have fallen away since and now face a fight on their hands to keep hold of a top-four spot. Julen Lopetegui’s side currently sit in the third position in La Liga, with a three-point lead over fifth-placed Real Betis. While Sevilla have a game in hand, that could count for nought should they lose to Real Madrid.
Los Nervionenses have not finished higher than fourth in La Liga since 2009, and securing at least the third spot will be a huge achievement. Unbeaten at home and boasting of a fine record at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla will welcome Real, who have the best away record in the league this season.
It promises to be an intriguing game between two sides who can turn up the heat on their day. The Hard Tackle looks at how both sides could line up on the night and what tactics we might expect from them.
Julen Lopetegui has some concerns this weekend with Karim Rekik, Fernando and Suso all ruled out due to injuries. The game will also come too soon for Thomas Delaney, who continues to recover from a calf injury. Sevilla are recovering following a poor run of results that saw them fall away from the La Liga title race.
With a top-four finish on offer, the Andalusians finally appear to have rediscovered their winning habit. As the lone La Liga side that is unbeaten at home in the league this season, Sevilla certainly pack a punch and will be keen to take the game to Real Madrid. They will be expected to start in a 4-2-3-1 formation that will be keen to pin Real back and negate their ability on the counter.
Lopetegui is likely to deploy Yassine Bounou in goal behind a back four of Jesus Navas, Jules Kounde, Diego Carlos and Marcos Acuna. Nemanja Gudelj and Joan Jordan will be tasked with playing the role of a double anchor and winning the battle in midfield.
Lucas Ocampos and Jesus Corona will be tasked with causing havoc fro the wings and will start on either side of Ivan Rakitic in an attacking midfielder’s capacity. The trio will look to supply star striker Youssef En-Nesyri, who looks set to lead the line.
Sevilla certainly have a side that is not just dogged but also has the technical prowess to hurt Real. As long as they turn up on the night, Carlo Ancelotti’s side are likely to be in for a tough game. With Anthony Martial, Rafa Mir and Erik Lamela in their ranks, the hosts have options to surprise Real. Just how Lopetegui plans to use his resources remains to be seen.
Carlos Ancelotti has concerns of his own and will be without several key players on the night. Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy, Marcelo and Luka Jovic will all miss out thanks to injuries. The Spanish giants will also be without midfield enforcer Casemiro who is suspended for the game. To add to their woes, Dani Ceballos and Jesus Vallejo are recovering from COVID-19.
Karim Benzema and Nacho also are nursing niggling knocks but have been cleared to play. The former’s availability will be a shot in the arm for Los Blancos given his importance to their fortunes.