It’s four years since Real Madrid last lost to Sevilla.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid will look to continue their unbeaten start to the La Liga campaign when they welcome Sevilla to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening.
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Breezing past Elche in the midweek round of fixtures, Real Madrid picked up their ninth win from 10 in the league this season, extending their lead at the top of La Liga in the process.
Tipped to make it back-to-back titles in La Liga, the European champions have enjoyed an almost flawless start to proceedings, taking 28 points from a possible 30 so far.
Backing last weekend’s El Classico triumph up with the Elche triumph, a 1-1 draw against Osasuna remains the only time Los Blancos have dropped points this season.
Imperious in attack, no side the division have scored more goals in La Liga than Real Madrid, whose tally of 25 goals from 10 matches works out to an average of 2.5 goals per game.
Of course, Karim Benzema remains a big part of Real Madrid’s attacking endeavours, and fresh from his Ballon d’Or win, the French international was once again on the scoresheet in midweek.
Sliding home from close range, the 34-year-old took his tally for the season to four goals from six matches, once again proving his worth to the Los Blancos attack.
However, perhaps the standout performer from Real Madrid’s 3-0 victory against Elche was Federico Valverde, whose performances have seen some touting him as the best midfield in European football on current form.
Enjoying the form of his life, Valverde is a crucial cog in the Real Madrid midfield, with Ancelotti tipping the Uruguayan to keep on improving as the season progresses.
Valverde is expected to feature for Real Madrid on Saturday evening, as the reigning La Liga champions look to extend their unbeaten start to 11 matches.
History suggests another victory for the home side is likely, given their strong record against Sevilla.
It’s four years since Real Madrid last lost to Sevilla – a run of seven matches without defeat against the Andalusian outfit.
Last season Real Madrid picked up two wins from their two meetings against Sevilla, despatching them 2-1 at the Bernabeu, before completing the double with a dramatic 3-1 win at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
A repeat result is likely this weekend, not least because of the form Real Madrid find themselves in, but also due to Sevilla’s wretched start to the season.
Typically a fixture in the top four over the last few campaigns, the Champions League regulars currently find themselves languishing in 12th having taken just 10 points from their opening 10 matches.
Just two wins up until this point punctuates what has been a torrid season for Sevilla and as they look to rebuild following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, a visit to the champions is probably not what the Rojiblancos would’ve asked for.
Expect a comfortable evening for Ancelotti’s men, as they look to strengthen their lead at the top of the La Liga table.
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