Real Madrid - Sevilla Preview: Los Blancos look to recover from Granada defeat
The troubled Liga champions desperately need a result against Unai Emery's side to build confidence ahead of Wednesday's Champions League meeting with Manchester United
By Karthick Arvinth
Arbeloa, Carvalho, Ramos, Coentrao
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Coke, Fazio, Spahic, Navarro
Navas, Kondogbia, Reyes
Real Madrid defender Pepe has recovered from an ankle injury and has an outside chance of being involved in Saturday's Primera Division encounter against Sevilla.
Raphael Varane (hamstring) and Xabi Alonso (groin) are both racing to be fit, while Mesut Ozil returns after serving a one-match ban.
Sevilla have appealed over Ivan Rakitic's dismissal against Rayo Vallecano last weekend and will have the midfielder available if the Spanish Football Federation rules in their favour.
Diego Perotti, Piotr Trochowski and Cicinho are all out injured but captain Andres Palop (hamstring) is likely to return.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Real Madrid have won just one of their last four matches in all competitions (W1, D2, L1).
- The Castilian side's 1-0 loss at Granada was their fifth Liga defeat of the season and the eighth reverse across all competitions.
- Madrid are on a 22-game unbeaten run in La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu.
- Sevilla have won three of their last five matches in all competitions.
- Los Nervionenses have lost seven of their last eight meetings with Madrid.
- Jose Antonio Reyes (pictured, right) made 30 Liga appearances for Real in the 2006-07 season, scoring six goals.
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Top 3 Predictions
Real Madrid 3-1 Sevilla
- 12.49 %
Real Madrid 3-0 Sevilla
- 9.28 %
Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla
- 7.99 %
|La Liga (LIGA)||30 Oct 2013||Real Madrid 7 - Sevilla 3|
|La Liga (LIGA)||9 Feb 2013||Real Madrid 4 - Sevilla 1|
|La Liga (LIGA)||15 Sep 2012||Sevilla 1 - Real Madrid 0|
|La Liga (LIGA)||29 Apr 2012||Real Madrid 3 - Sevilla 0|
|La Liga (LIGA)||17 Dec 2011||Sevilla 2 - Real Madrid 6|
|30 Nov 2013||Real Madrid 4 - Valladolid 0||LIGA|
|27 Nov 2013||Real Madrid 4 - Galatasaray 1||UCL|
|23 Nov 2013||UD Almería 0 - Real Madrid 5||LIGA|
|9 Nov 2013||Real Madrid 5 - Real Sociedad 1||LIGA|
|5 Nov 2013||Juventus 2 - Real Madrid 2||UCL|
|25||Diego López Rodríguez||Goalkeeper|
|2||Federico Julián Fazio||Defender|
|15||Jesús Navas González||Midfielder|
|14||Manu Del Moral||Striker|
The Portugal star has failed to score in his last two matches for Madrid, but did score the first own goal of his career in the defeat against Granada. Blancos need Ronaldo to be fit and firing as they enter a crucial run of fixtures that could define their season.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs in England after some impressive performances for Sevilla this season. Negredo has scored five goals in his last four outings and will be ready to exploit any lapses in Real's defence.
Jose Mourinho will have one eye on the eagerly-anticipated midweek showdown with Manchester United, but should still return to winning ways against Sevilla, who have struggled to pick up points away from home.
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