Sevilla v Real Madrid Betting: Blancos to continue goalscoring form

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The visitors have a healthy lead in this two legged tie, and our tipster thinks they can get among the goals once more when they travel to Seville

Real Madrid travel to Sevilla in the reverse fixture of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Thursday evening knowing they are in an extremely strong position after last week's first leg at the Bernabeu.

As important as the three goals scored by Zinedine Zidane's men was the clean sheet recorded, meaning Los Blancos know they could lose 4-1 at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan and still progress to the quarter-finals.

And a defeat is certainly not out of the question given their recent results in Seville, although Madrid know that if they avoid a loss they will set a new Spanish record of 40 matches without defeat.

Nevertheless, the European champions have lost three of their last four trips to Sevilla and this remains one of the toughest fixtures they will face this term.

Sevilla, for their part, will be hoping for an early goal to try and spark an unlikely comeback, and the side's impressive 4-0 win at high-flying Real Sociedad on Saturday night in La Liga might well have instilled belief in the side.

Equally likely, however, is that the result in San Sebastian will make Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli prioritise their league game this weekend, which also happens to be at home against Madrid.

A win for Sevilla on Sunday evening would put them just a point behind the leaders and cement their title challenge, and perhaps Sampaoli will be wary of his team over exerting themselves in the search of an improbable cup comeback. Betfair offer a home win at 2/1 (3.00) while Madrid are offered at 13/10 (2.30) and the draw is offered at 12/5 (3.40)

One of the most eye-catching aspects of Real Madrid's first-leg win was that it was achieved without a number of first-choice players. The most high-profile absentee was Cristiano Ronaldo who was given the night off, while Karim Benzema and goalkeeper Keylor Navas were unused substitutes.

Expect Zidane to stick more or less with the side that impressed last Wednesday, and Madrid's strength in depth has been one of their strongest attributes this season.

With 20 of the 21 outfield players in the squad scoring - Fabio Coentrao has only featured for 22 minutes in the league this season - Zidane knows goals can come from anywhere.  

The visitors are offered at 4/5 (1.80) to score over 1.5 goals and this bet has paid out in 17 of their last 18 games in all competitions - the only exception being away to Barcelona.

Furthermore, the side from the Spanish capital have scored two goals or more in each of their last seven matches against Sevilla, while if we look futher back in the record books, we can see that Madrid have netted over 1.5 goals in 13 of their last 15 meetings with the Andalusians. 

Real Madrid to score over 1.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) for a 2pt stake with Betfair

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