Real Madrid visiting Sevilla is one of LaLiga Santander’s historic fixtures, and Sunday’s top of LaLiga Santander clash is full of more intriguing storylines than ever.
The Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan is always buzzing at its loudest when Madrid come to town, with the latest meeting even more eagerly awaited as Sevilla sit proudly atop the LaLiga standings, and Madrid are just two points and two places behind while also still unbeaten themselves.
New Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui has overseen an excellent start to the 2019/20 LaLiga campaign, with last Sunday’s hard-fought 1-0 victory at Deportivo Alaves lifting the Andalusians to the top of the pile with 10 points from their first four outings.
Madrid has had a more up and down time, compared to their high standards, but still, sit third in the early table after Saturday’s rollercoaster 3-2 victory against Levante at their Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Los Blancos often have problems at the Sanchez Pizjuan - where they have lost in each of the last four seasons. 2018/19’s meeting finished 3-0 to Sevilla, during Lopetegui’s short spell in charge of Madrid. The scoreline in the reverse fixture in January was 2-0 - with midfielders Casemiro and Luka Modric the scorers when Santi Solari was on the Bernabeu bench.
Basque tactician Lopetegui will be extra motivated to be on the right side of the scoreline this time around, as will Sevilla’s new left-back Sergio Reguilon - who is spending the current campaign on loan from Madrid and already has a goal and assist for his new club. Summer arrival Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez also has a Bernabeu past, while another new face to impress so far is ex-Eibar midfielder Joan Jordan, who has already found the net twice for his new team.
This fixture is also always extra special for Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who was born in Seville and started his career at the Sanchez Pizjuan. Ramos usually has an eventful time on his returns home - he has scored at both ends and been shown a red card during recent visits.
Among Los Blancos’ standout players so far this season has been Welsh galactico Gareth Bale, who scored both goals in their 2-2 draw at Villarreal in early September. New attacker Eden Hazard made his LaLiga debut as a substitute in last weekend’s victory against Levante, while Karim Benzema’s double in that game means the Frenchman is currently top of the LaLiga Santander ‘pichichi’ goalscoring charts with four already.
Both Sevilla and Madrid will come into Sunday’s game after beginning their European campaigns, with Zidane’s side having been away at Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday, and Lopetegui’s men in the Azerbaijani capital Baku for a Europa League meeting with FK Qarabag a day later.
All the storylines will come together once the teams run out at the Sanchez Pizjuan at 10PM local time on Sunday. More history is set to be written in one of LaLiga's most entertaining rivalries.
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