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|Match Result and Both Teams to Score
|Real Madrid and Yes
|Real Madrid and No
|Sevilla and Yes
|Sevilla and No
Jorge Sampaoli has not yet got Sevilla’s attack firing, and los Blancos have looked secure at the back of late.
Back Real Madrid to win and both teams not to score (+130)
October has been a fantastic month for Real Madrid so far. Taking four points from two games against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League leaves Carlo Ancelotti’s side on the brink of securing their place in the knockout phase of Europe’s most important competition - and one which Madrid won last term.
In La Liga, los Blancos have shown why they are the favorites to win the title for a second successive season with the best online sportsbooks. The month began with a disappointing 1-1 home draw with Osasuna, but Madrid had not dropped any points before that match and they have not done so since.
Of course, the most significant result was a 3-1 victory over Barcelona last weekend. Madrid were the better team at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and they dealt with the big occasion much better than their arch-rivals. Their side contains players with vast experience of the Clasico, and that played a part in determining the outcome on matchday nine.
Madrid built on that triumph in the midweek round of fixtures, running out 3-0 winners against Elche at the Estadio Martinez Valero. The excellent Fede Valverde gave the champions the lead in the 11th minute, before late goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio took the game away from Elche.
The big question going into the match was whether Madrid would suffer a post-Clasico hangover. They did not, and Ancelotti deserves credit for ensuring his players were sufficiently motivated and focused for an assignment that was not particularly glamorous.
It has been suggested that only Madrid can stop Madrid winning the title this term, but there are no signs of any such blowup being on the horizon. Barcelona and even Atletico Madrid are not out of the race just yet, but Ancelotti’s side are the favorites for good reason.
Given the extent to which Sevilla fell away at the end of last season, Julen Lopetegui needed a good start to the current campaign to save his job.
He did not get it: after just one win in Sevilla’s first seven league games, Lopetegui was sacked earlier this month. The final straw was a defeat in the Champions League, as Borussia Dortmund registered a 4-1 victory at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Lopetegui was replaced quickly, with Jorge Sampaoli brought back for a second spell in charge of the club. The Argentine spent only one season at the helm last time, when his tenure was cut short after he was offered the chance to manage his country.
Five years on and Sampaoli is back as Sevilla boss after spells with Santos, Atletico Mineiro and Marseille. He has at least made the team harder to beat, overseeing a victory over Real Mallorca in between 1-1 draws with Athletic Bilbao and Valencia. But there is still plenty of work to do if Sevilla are to qualify for Europe this season: at the time of writing they are eight points adrift of the top six.
The big question is whether this current Sevilla squad, built by Lopetegui to play a more controlled, functional style, can adapt to Sampaoli’s fast-paced and attack-focused soccer. The early evidence suggests it will not be an easy transition.
Sevilla have scored in all four of Sampaoli’s matches in the dugout (including a 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League) but their attack is not really firing. The Argentine is a manager who likes his teams to impose themselves on every game, but that will be difficult - if not impossible - to do at the Bernabeu. Even if Sevilla end up having more possession on Saturday, it would primarily be because Madrid allowed them to.
The reigning Spanish and European champions are in a good place right now, and two clean sheets in their last three outings shows that they are beginning to tighten up after some defensive slackness at the start of the season.
There are just four rounds of fixtures in La Liga remaining before the break for the 2022 World Cup, and Madrid will be targeting maximum points against Sevilla, Girona, Rayo Vallecano and Cadiz. We are backing the Blancos to pick up another win on Saturday - and keeping a clean sheet in the process.
This is an appealing alternative to simply backing a Madrid win, which is not particularly good value. Find out how to bet the moneyline with our guide.
|Real Madrid vs Sevilla
|Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
|Saturday, 22 October 2022, 15.00 PM EDT
|How to watch
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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