Pre-match reports

ONE OF THE HARDEST TESTS TO BEGIN A NEW ERA

21/10/2023
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The start of Diego Alonso's reign begins a demanding four days at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán
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Sevilla FC-Real Madrid, on the tenth LaLiga EA Sports Matchday, will which kick off at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuá at 18.30. 

The Table 

Nervión hosts the league leaders with 24 points out of 27 possible, having only tasted defeat at the Metropolitano and winning all the other matches so far. They lead the table by two points over their closest pursuer, Girona FC. As for Diego Alonso's team, we start the day in 14th place, within reach of the halfway point of the table but with only a two-point cushion above the relegation zone.

Opposition Form 

Ancelotti's side has collected nine out of nine points after suffering their first and only defeat in the Madrid derby. Since then, they haven't conceded a goal, as they defeated UD Las Palmas (2-0) and Osasuna (4-0) at the Santiago Bernabéu, with another victory away against Girona (0-3), in between.

The last three home matches against Real Madrid

After going five games unbeaten against the team from the capital, four league victories and one draw in the Copa - at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán between the 2015/16 and 2018/19 season, there have been four visits by the Madrid team to Nervión that have resulted in away victories. Three of these occurred under Lopetegui, plus the most recent defeat with Mendilibar.

Last season we took an early lead through Rafa Mir, but Rodrygo turned the tide with a brace. A year earlier, there was also a comeback, as Rakitic and Lamela put us 2-0 at halftime, but Rodrygo, Nacho, and Benzema secured a second-half comeback and a 3-2 victory. In the 2020/21 season, Real Madrid won 1-0 after an own goal from Bono."

Matchday Squad 

With no injuries and no suspensions, Alonso has had to leave out four players from his matchday squad of 23. Gattoni, Marcao, Kike Salas and Mariano miss out. For Real Madrid, Alaba returns while Nacho is ruled out through suspension after his red card against Girona. 

Officials 

The match referee will be Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, who will referee his first Sevilla FC-Real Madrid game and who has not refereed either side this season so far. His most recent Sevilla game was the 2-1 win against Villarreal in April. His most recent Real Madrid match was in the Mestalla in May where Valencia won 1-0.