Sevilla - Real Madrid Preview: Los Merengues look to keep pace with Barcelona
The Liga champions will be hoping star man Cristiano Ronaldo can put aside his apparent misery and fire his team to three points in the Andalusian capital
By Karthick Arvinth
Cicinho, Botia, Spahic, Navarro
Rakitic, Medel, Trochowski
Navas, Negredo, Manu
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Sevilla welcome back midfielder Diego Perotti from injury for Saturday's clash with Real Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
But the Andalusian outfit are set to be without Jose Antonio Reyes, who missed the goalless draw at Rayo Vallecano with a shoulder problem.
Goalkeeper Diego Lopez returns from suspension, while French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia may be given his debut.
Real Madrid have no fresh injury concerns, with the suspended Fabio Coentrao being the only absentee.
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to start despite his apparent dissatisfaction with the Madrid hierarchy.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Sevilla are yet to taste defeat in La Liga this season, with an opening home win over Granada followed by successive draws away to Granada and Rayo Vallecano.
- Los Rojiblancos have lost their last seven meetings with Real Madrid in all competitions.
- Sevilla's last home win over Real Madrid was a 2-1 success in La Liga in October 2009.
- Real Madrid have scored 12 goals in their last two visits to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
- The Castilian side's 2-1 defeat at Getafe ended a 17-match unbeaten run away from home in La Liga.
- Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured right) has netted eight goals in his last three encounters with Sevilla.
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Top 3 Predictions
Sevilla 1-3 Real Madrid CF
- 13.9 %
Sevilla 0-3 Real Madrid CF
- 11.62 %
Sevilla 0-2 Real Madrid CF
- 7.32 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Feb 9, 2013||Real Madrid CF 4 - Sevilla 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Sep 15, 2012||Sevilla 1 - Real Madrid CF 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Apr 29, 2012||Real Madrid CF 3 - Sevilla 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Dec 17, 2011||Sevilla 2 - Real Madrid CF 6|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||May 7, 2011||Sevilla 2 - Real Madrid CF 6|
|Jun 1, 2013||Sevilla 4 - Valencia CF 3||LIGA|
|May 26, 2013||Osasuna 2 - Sevilla 1||LIGA|
|May 18, 2013||Sevilla 1 - Real Sociedad 2||LIGA|
|May 12, 2013||Malaga 0 - Sevilla 0||LIGA|
|May 5, 2013||Sevilla 3 - Espanyol 0||LIGA|
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|22||Jesús Navas González||Midfielder|
|13||Diego López Rodríguez||Goalkeeper|
|20||Manu Del Moral||Striker|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
|18||Raúl Albiol Tortajada||Defender|
|Jesús Navas González|
One of the best wingers around, the Spain international is staggeringly quick and is an excellent crosser of the ball. Navas can cause problems down Madrid's left flank, and he will love nothing more than to set up a goal or two for Alvaro Negredo and end Sevilla's dismal recent run of results against the Liga champions.
All eyes will be on the Portugal skipper after he cryptically declared last week that he was "sad" at the club. The 27-year-old has since moved to calm the waters, assuring fans that his gripe with Real is not motivated by money. Ronaldo must now put the whole matter behind him, and do his talking on the pitch or risk the Madridistas getting on his back.
The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan has been a happy hunting ground for Real in recent seasons and they will be determined to keep the pressure on leaders Barcelona. Sevilla's tepid draws against Granada and Rayo Vallecano have left fans underwhelmed, and their unbeaten start to the campaign could well come to an end here.
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