Real Madrid vs Sevilla 09/12/2017
It’s fourth versus fifth, and both teams have a common aim: catch up with Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo has won his fifth Ballon d’Or award, and will need to start scoring more regularly in La Liga if he fancies a sixth.
Ronaldo, though, is a different animal in the Champions League, where he became the first player to score in all six matches of the group stage.
The Real Madrid backline is decimated by injuries and suspension. Sergio Ramos, Casemiro and Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal are missing through suspension. Raphael Varane is doubtful after picking up an injury in the 3-2 win over Dortmund.
David Soria, Franco Vazquez, Nolito and Johannes Geis should all make their return to Sevilla’s starting squad after given the day off against Maribor in the Champions League.
Los Blancos have won their last four league matches on home soil, however, and will fancy their chances of putting another three points on the board. Sevilla have a poor away record in the league with four losses, and despite Real Madrid’s woes at the back, will find it hard to win at the Bernabeu. Their last win there was in December 2008.