It’s been a promising start to Carlo Ancelotti’s second tenure as Real Madrid boss after leaving Everton in the summer, with the Spanish giants currently leading the charge in La Liga and looking to put some distance between themselves and third-placed Sevilla, who are just two points below the division’s early pace-setters.
Things are looking chaotic over in Catalonia, but in the capital, Los Blancos are getting the job done, earning 30 points after their first 13 games in La Liga, which is their highest record at this stage in the competition since 2016/17; the first full season with Zinedine Zidane as head coach, in which they ultimately won the title.
For Sevilla, they are looking to cause another splash near the near upper slopes of La Liga. They were in the title race come the final few matches last season and are only two points off the summit now. Julen Lopetegui faces his old club in what will be his 100th La Liga match, though he has never beaten his former fling.
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Real Madrid vs Sevilla: Match Stats
Karim Benzema has been a man possessed in the final third this season, fully emerging from Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow to stake his claim as Real’s ultimate goal-getter. The talismanic Frenchman is the only La Liga player to register 50 shots this season, and one of only five players across Europe’s top five leagues to reach a half-century. For what it’s worth, no one in the Premier League has hit that mark — Mohamed Salah on 48 is the closest (playing the same games as Benzema, 12). Shots, indeed, will likely occur in this match abundantly (from both sides). Real are currently sitting at the top of the charts for shots, as the only club to surpass 200 in La Liga (216), while Sevilla sit third on 176.
Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 12 home games against Sevilla in La Liga. You would have to go back to December 2008 for the last time Sevilla triumphed at the Bernabeu, a 4-3 thriller as it happens. More recently, Sevilla took a point off Real in the capital last season, drawing 2-2 after being pegged back twice. Fernando broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute, before Marco Asensio equalised. Ivan Rakitic then thought he scored the winner right at the end, but an Eden Hazard strike in the 94th minute denied Sevilla their first win at Real in over a decade.