Current league-leaders Sevilla host #3 Real Madrid on September 23, 2019 in Round five of the Spanish La Liga season.
Sevilla FC or Sevilla is the oldest sports club in Spain. It was founded in 1890 and is the most successful football club in Andalusia with a victory in the national league title in 1945-46, five Spanish Cup wins, one Spanish Super Cup , a record five UEFA Cups/UEFA Euro League titles and the 2006 UEFA Super Cup.
During the 2017/18 season, they beat Manchester United to get past the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in ten years. Last season, they finished a strong 6th place in the final La Liga table. Then last June, Sevilla announced the signing of Julen Lopetegui as the club’s manager for the next three seasons.
Sevilla ranks second in the La Liga with a Goal Difference of +4 goals. They have netted five goals on the season, putting them in 7th place in scoring. Sevilla is the co-leader in Goals Conceded with just one in four matches played. They are also ranked 12th in assists with two in the current season.
Midfielder Joan Jordan has found the back of the net on two occasions this season. Defender Sergio Reguilon and Midfielder Nolito each have one goal for Sevilla. Reguilon and Ever Banega own the two assists for the club while goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik has conceded just one goal with two saves in four matches played.
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Real Madrid was founded in 1902 and at $4.2B was one of the highest earning football clubs in 2019. The Los Blancos are among three founding members of the Football League who have never been relegated from the top flight since its inception in 1929. They were the first football club to win the Champions League in back to back years and then topped that by winning a third straight in May 2018.
The Los Blancos have won a record 33 La Liga titles, 19 Copa del Rey, 10 Supercopa de Espana and a Copa de Liga. In European competition, they have won a total of 13 European Cup titles, two UEFA Cups and four UEFA Super Cups. Real Madrid has also won a record seven club football championships.
Real Madrid is ranked 4th in the La Liga with a Goal Difference of +3. They have scored a total of nine goals on the season, putting them in 3rd place in the scoring department. Real has allowed a total of six goals on the season, ranking them at 12th overall. They also rank second in the league in Assists with all of their nine goals assisted.
Karim Benzema is off to a flying start with four goals scored in four matches played. Gareth Bale has scored two goals while Lucas Vazquez has one goal for Real Madrid. Bale and Benzema also have one assist each while Dani Carvajal leads the team with two assists. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has allowed six goals and has seven saves on the season.
Sevilla’s win over Alaves last weekend put them on top of the La Liga with their 3-1-0 record. However, they still enter this showdown with Real Madrid as the soccer betting favorites. Real Madrid are third in the Spanish Primera Liga with their own unbeaten record of 2-2-0. Real Madrid’s last two matches have ended in a tie and they played listlessly in a loss against PSG in their UEFA Champions League group stage opener.
Head to head, these teams have played in a total of 48 matches. Real Madrid has 29 wins while Sevilla has 16 victories and these teams have figured in a draw in 3 other matches. These teams split their two meetings last season with Sevilla winning 3-0 in September 2018 and Real Madrid emerging victorious 2-0 last January 19, 2019.
It’s #1 vs #3 playing in this Sunday matchup. Sevilla is playing at home and they are unbeaten in the La Liga with three wins and a draw for 10 points. Real Madrid is also unbeaten at two wins and two draws. These two teams have figured in many close matches and both don’t want to give up their unbeaten records. Considering both these teams are in good form at this stage of the season, it’s hard to pick one. Given these teams have split their last six meetings, I think it’s best to consider a draw, which has the best betting value in this match. Prediction: Draw