Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla
March 27, 2014; 21:00 GMT
Madrid will look to bounce back from the defeat against Barcelona when they travel to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to take on Unai Emery’s Sevilla.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men came unstuck in a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona at Camp Nou on Saturday, with goals from Alexis Sanchez and Neymar giving the Liga champions a two-goal cushion before Jese Rodriguez notched a consolation in injury time.
Madrid were incensed after the game as they felt they should have had two penalties, one for a handball by Adriano and another for a push on Cristiano Ronaldo by Javier Mascherano.
Sevilla – Team News, Tactics and Predicted Line-Ups
Sevilla have recovered from a slow start to their campaign that saw them go five matches without a victory in La Liga, and are now unbeaten in seven in all competitions. And Coach Inai Emery will be quietly confident of pulling off an upset after a week that has included two important wins.
After knocking rivals Real Betis out of the UEFA Europa League’s last 16 on penalties, the fifth-placed outfit won 2-1 at Osasuna on Sunday.
Unai Emery’s men have won their last five La Liga fixtures – a run that has seen France forward Kevin Gameiro score four times.
Carlos Bacca and Ivan Rakitic have also impressed in recent times and Sevilla’s form means Real must take their challenge seriously.
With their win against Osasuna, Unai Emery equaled the record set by Juande Ramos of five straight La Liga wins. In addition, Sevilla have now scored on each of their last 14 home games, another record.
Emery will hope that Ivan Rakitic will feature despite problems with his groin and hip.
Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1) : Beto ; Moreno, Navarro , Fazio, Coke ; Mbia, Iborra ; Vitolo, Rakitic , Marin ; Gameiro.
Real Madrid- Team News, Tactics and Predicted Line-up
Real will feel confident of getting back on track against Sevilla, as they have beaten Unai Emery’s charges in eight of their last nine meetings in all competitions. The tie also represents the perfect chance for Ronaldo to get back among the goals, as the Portuguese has scored 11 times in just five games against the Andalusians.
Xabi Alonso once again trained with Real’s first team on Sunday as he continues his comeback from groin and foot injuries but is unlikely to play against Sevilla, while centre-back Raphael Varane (knee) is a doubt.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has called for his side to produce “an immediate reaction” when they travel to Sevilla on Wednesday.
Real lost Sunday’s El Clasico to Barcelona, twice throwing away the lead to go down 4-3 in front of their home fans.
The result had serious ramifications for the title race, with Barca clawing to within one point of leaders Atletico Madrid and Real with nine matches of the season remaining.
And while the defeat has clearly hurt Real – Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos both publicly slammed the officiating of referee Alberto Undiano, who awarded three penalties, two of which went to Barca – Ancelotti has urged his players to move on quickly.
“We have to forget this match and think about Wednesday, which could be a key game in the season,” the Italian said.
“We have to be happy with the way we played (against Barcelona)…luck was not on our side but the team proved to be fit and we have the drive and ability to put this match quickly behind us.
“La Liga is wide open and we are going to keep fighting. There are nine matches left and, as I have said, it will be a very intense race for everyone.”
Karim Benzema scored twice against Barca before being sacrificed after Ramos was sent off – for the 19th time in his Real career – and is expected to lead the line again.
Angel Di Maria was also outstanding for Real, but they did not get enough from stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale on club football’s biggest occasion and Ancelotti will want the pair to reprise their performances from the reverse fixture back in October.
Real Madrid on the other hand are without Sami Khedira and Jese who iare out for the season and Alvaro Arbeloa is also likely to remain out for month with a knee injury.
Sergio Ramos and Angel Di Maria are both suspended for the clash the former of the duo for the red card in the Classico.
Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1): Lopez ; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo ; Modric, Alonso ; Ronaldo, Isco , Bale ; Benzema.
Player to watch out for: Gareth Bale
The Welshman had somewhat indifferent start to his career at Madrid but now looking settled in the Spanish capital. Bale is looking in great form this year and will be the key player for Real if they want to win this tricky away fixture.
Match Prediction: 1-2
Madrid should bounce back for this game, though it will not be easy. Sevilla are difficult to beat at home and confidence is sky high at the Sanchez Pizjuan. It could be a close game, but Madrid could come out on top, though not by much.