Real Madrid will put their unbeaten record on the line when they travel to Sevilla on Wednesday seeking to keep pace with Barcelona at the top of the Liga table.
The Blancos are one of only three sides yet to taste defeat this season, but they have been short of their best on the domestic stage in recent weeks.
A comfortable 3-0 victory over Roma in the Champions League has been sandwiched by a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao and a scrappy 1-0 victory over Espanyol.
Sevilla promise to provide another stern test of Real’s credentials in midweek as while they have been struggling for consistency, they have netted 11 times across their last two outings.
|Game||Sevilla vs Real Madrid|
|Date||Wednesday, September 26|
|Time||9pm BST / 4pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US) the game will be shown live on television on beIN Sports. It can also be streamed live online using the beIN Sports CONNECT service.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|beIN Sports||beIN Sports CONNECT|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast live on television but it can be streamed via Eleven Sports.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Defenders||Gomez, Kjaer, Carrico, Arana, Gnagnon|
|Midfielders||Amadou, Mesa, Banega, Vidal, Navas, Sarabia, Lasso, Vazquez|
|Forwards||Nolito, Ben Yedder, Silva, Muriel, Promes|
The broken leg Maxime Gonalons suffered in training earlier this month is keeping him out of action.
Argentina international Gabriel Mercado is also sidelined with a broken arm, while fellow full-back Sergio Escudero is nursing a dislocated elbow.
Possible Sevilla XI: Vaclik; Carrico, Kjaer, Gomez; Navas, Banega, Mesa, Arana; Sarabia, Ben Yedder, Vazquez.
|Position||Real Madrid squad|
|Goalkeepers||Navas, Casilla, Courtois|
|Defenders||Odriozola, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Nacho, Reguilon, Sanchez|
|Midfielders||Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Llorente, Ceballos, Valverde|
|Forwards||Benzema, Bale, Asensio, Mariano, Vazquez, Vinicius Jr|
Dani Carvajal is struggling with a muscle problem that should keep Alvaro Odriozola in the Madrid side.
Isco sat out the Blancos’ final pre-match training session and has since undergone surgery after being diagnosed with acute appendicitis, but the likes of Gareth Bale and Marcelo are ready to step back in alongside newly crowned FIFA Best Award winner Luka Modric.
Possible Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Odriozola, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos, Ceballos; Bale, Benzema, Asensio.
Betting & Match Odds
Real Madrid head into the game as favourites to take all three points, with bet365 pricing them at 8/11 to emerge victorious. Sevilla are considered to be 10/3 shots, with a draw available at 16/5.
Real Madrid have not enjoyed the best of times at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in recent years.
The Blancos have come unstuck on their last three La Liga visits to Sevilla, and in five of their last six.
That record should concern Julen Lopetegui as he looks to piece together a title challenge in 2018-19.
Real have been able to match the efforts of arch-rivals Barcelona so far, but know they cannot afford any untimely slip-ups.
Recent rotation should have helped to keep key men fresh, with the likes of Bale, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio having enjoyed productive campaigns up until this point.
Sevilla have, however, been full of goals of late and will be relishing the chance to keep that run going.
Having put five past Standard Liege in their opening Europa League fixture, they then hit Levante for six in their most recent outing.