Benzema could star despite Ronaldo's impressive record

Comments()
Getty Images
With another high-scoring game between these two sides expected, Madrid's French frontman could add more goals on top of Cristiano Ronaldo

Sunday will be Real Madrid's third game against in 11 days against Sevilla and their fourth of the season in all competitions. Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to feature in any of those matches having missed the UEFA Super Cup in August through injury and having been rested for the two recent Copa Del Rey matches.

The Ballon d'Or winner however will return to the Madrid starting line-up for this weekend's vital clash in La Liga and the Andalusians are the forward's favourite opponent – Ronaldo has netted 22 times in 15 matches against Sevilla.

Karim Benzema was on the bench for both cup games, but made an impact on Thursday night coming on as a substitute to score a late equaliser and the Frenchman, who also has a good scoring record against Sevilla.

Those two are guaranteed starters for Real Madrid although with Gareth Bale out it remains to be seen who will join then in attack. Lucas Vazquez played in midweek, with James Rodriguez and Isco missing with slight knocks, although Zinedine Zidane will hope to recover the duo for the top of the table clash.

James scored on his last visit to the Sanchez Pizjuan and could be in good form to score, along with Isco who may net his fifth league goal of the season. 

Elsewhere for Madrid, captain Sergio Ramos was roundly booed by a section of the home supporters on his return to his former club, meaning the defender would have enjoyed scoring his penalty even more.

Ramos has scored in his last two games away to Sevilla and Thursday's strike moved him onto six goals for this season in all competition. He can be backed to antagonise the home supporters once more with another goal. 

Sevilla for their part saw new signining Stefan Jovetic score on his debut on Thursday and the former Manchester City striker looked lively.

Captain Vicente Iborra is always a goal threat given his robust physical presence and the ex-Real Mallorca player bundled home Sevilla's third goal on Thursday.

Article continues below

Our Head and Shoulders Super Player Ronaldo has scored more goals at Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán than in any other ground as a visiting player (11 goals in six visits).

The Portuguese has also scored more hat-tricks against Sevilla than against any other side in La Liga (5).

Next article:
'If Messi doesn't deserve the Ballon d'Or I know nothing about football' – Atletico's Filipe Luis
Next article:
Van Dijk can be the best Premier League defender of all time, says Gillespie
Next article:
Revealed: The Man City youngsters included in squad to face Burton
Next article:
Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus: Goals, assists, results & fixtures in 2018-19
Next article:
Championship play-offs 2019: Fixtures, dates & teams in the race to the Premier League
Close