FC Sevilla vs. Real Madrid / Copa del Rey – Derby rematch in this round of the Spanish Cup will not probably offer a lot of excitement, because Sevilla has failed in the first match in Madrid and Real has used this to celebrate with 3-0. To achieve such a deficit against the “Royal Club” is really an impossible mission, although Sevilla overall did not play badly this season and after this defeat in the Championship, they celebrated in San Sebastian against Real Sociedad with 4-0, which would be enough for passage. This is still Real Madrid and they have mastered Granada at Santiago Bernabeu with 5-0 and thus maximally used of new blunder of Barcelona, which Sevilla used to climb to the second place in the table. Particularly interesting is that the same rivals meet on Sunday in the championship, which is from this angle, an important match. Begins: 12.01.2017. – 21:15 CET
Sevilla can certainly regret that they have not celebrated in the first match, because they simply have to do better against the combined composition of Real Madrid, which has lacked a full range of starters, including Ronaldo. Perhaps Sevilla has entered this match somewhat more relaxed and went into that game because of a weaker lineup of Real, which they paid dearly, but that this away match in Madrid was just a bad day, was best confirmed by their match against Real Sociedad away. At Anoeta this season, Barcelona nor Atletico Madrid did not have the best time, but Sevilla has sweept through San Sebastian and they celebrated with 4-0.
Striker Ben Yedder has with three goals once again showed that coach Sampaoli made wrong tactics in Madrid, because he played without a classic striker, although is obviously in great shape. It is obvious that Vazquez means a lot to Sevilla this season, who also was not in the starting lineup against Real Madrid. Pareja returned in defence and they again played with three at the back, which they might change for this match, given that they have nothing to lose. Meanwhile, they sold center-back Kolodziejczak to Borussia M’gladbach, and bought another center-back, Lenglen from Nancy. A few days ago, the offensive player Jovetic also came to play for this team.
Probable lineups FC Sevilla: S.Rico – Mercado, Parejo, Rami – Mariano, N’Zonzi, Vazquez, Vitolo, Escudero – Vietto, Ben Yedder
Real looks unstoppable and it seems they have much confidence that it does not matter who will be on the field. They played in a very combined composition against Sevilla, but when they are without Ronaldo and injured Bale, then J.Rodriguez can shine, who scored two goals, while defender Varane added another one, because Ramos and Pepe were not in the team. In the championship duel against Granada, which they mastered with 5-0, coach Zidane has made new changes which were a big hit, because Isco was in the team and he was a double scorer, Ronaldo returned and immediately scored, as well as Benzema.
Pepe and Bale are still out of action, but the good news is that Vazquez and Kovacic are recovering, as well as Ramos. Given that they have these big 3-0, this Sunday match is definitely more important for Real, maybe even a decisive one in the fight for the title, because if they pass the unfavourable Sanchez-Pizjuan, they still have a chance to win the title. That is why they will certainly lay with a combined setup on the field.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Casilla – Danilo, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo – Modrić, Casemiro, T.Kroos – J.Rodriguez, Asensio, Morata
FC Sevilla vs. Real Madrid PICK
This is a match in which both teams will show all their best assets for a big championship derby which will be played on Sunday. That is why we believe that there will not be a lot of tactics and that they will play completely open on both sides, which means a lot of goals in this match.
Pick: over 3 goals
Odds: 1.71 at comeon (down to 1.61 can be played)