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Real Madrid Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Sevilla

6:38 PM IST 08/12/17
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Everything you need ahead of the Primera Division clash in the Spanish capital on Saturday...

Real Madrid are at home to Sevilla in the 15th round of La Liga as fourth meets fifth at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Zinedine Zidane's side are ahead of the Andalusians on goal difference alone after 14 matches (the two are eight points adrift of leaders Barcelona), with both teams back in domestic action after their respective Champions League games on Wednesday night.

Los Blancos beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 at the Bernabeu, while Sevilla drew 1-1 with Maribor away, and the two Spanish sides will be in the draw for the last 16 on Monday after each sealing second spot in their groups.

Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of their meeting in La Liga on Saturday...


Raphael Varane is sidelined after suffering a muscular injury in the game against Dortmund on Wednesday night, but Jesus Vallejo is in contention (according to Zidane) despite failing to complete training on Friday.

Gareth Bale is not ready to return, Zidane also revealed. The French coach said on Friday that he hopes the Welsh winger will be available for the semi-finals of the forthcoming Club World Cup.


Sergio Ramos was shown the red card in last weekend's 0-0 draw against Athletic Club at San Mames and misses this match through suspension. Dani Carvajal and Casemiro are also banned after picking up their fifth yellow cards in La Liga this season during the game in Bilbao.


Real Madrid have problems in defence for the game against Sevilla and Zidane will have to make changes with a number of key players missing through either injury or suspension.

Youngster Achraf Hakimi is set to start at right-back in the absence of Carvajal, with Nacho a definite in the centre as Ramos and Varane miss out. Alongside the dependable Spain defender, however, Zidane will have to choose between Marcos Llorente (a midfielder) or untried youngster Manu Hernando if Vallejo is deemed unfit.

Casemiro played as an emergency centre-back earlier this season, but he too is out and in his place, Mateo Kovacic is likely to feature.

There are no such problems further forward, where Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo are all set to start in the continued absence of Bale.


Sevilla have won their last three matches in La Liga and a victory at the Bernabeu would take the Andalusians above Real Madrid into fourth place in the table.

With coach Eduardo Berizzo recovering from an operation as he battles prostate cancer, his assistant Ernesto Marcucci will lead the team out again on Saturday.

He will be without injured pair Daniel Carrico and Nico Pareja, while midfielder Steven N'Zonzi is unlikely to feature after publicly revealing this week that he wants to leave the club in January.


Real Madrid versus Sevilla kicks off at 16:15 local time at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. British broadcasting laws dictate that games taking place at that time cannot be shown live, but it will be aired later in full on Sky Sports Mix and also on Sky Sports Football via the red button. 

In the United States (US), Real Madrid v Sevilla can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) and kicks off at 14:45 ET.


  • Real Madrid and Sevilla have not drawn any of their last 24 meetings in La Liga, with 15 wins for Los Blancos and nine for the Andalusians. In those games, Real were shut out in just two games, while Sevilla failed to score in only three.

  • Sevilla's last win at the Bernabeu in La Liga was in December 2008, a 4-3 success in what was Bernd Schuster's last game as Madrid boss.

  • Real Madrid have won their last four La Liga games at home, after going winless in their first three of this season there (losing one and drawing two).

  • Sevilla are looking to become the sixth La Liga side to reach 1,000 wins in the competition (currently 999), as well as the first Andalusian team to achieve that feat.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 23 goals in 14 games against Sevilla in La Liga, more than against any other opponent in the competition.

  • Zinedine Zidane has won four of his six games as a manager against Sevilla (losing one and drawing the other). The Frenchman’s only defeat came in January 2017 at the Sanchez Pizjuan (2-1), where Sevilla ended the longest ever unbeaten run of any La Liga side in all competitions (40 games between April 2016 and January 2017, all of them under Zidane).