Real Madrid will be burning to bounce back with a win when they take on Sevilla in La Liga following their midweek defeat in the cup competition.
The Merengues presently occupy the fourth position on the La Liga table, with 33 points from 19 fixtures – ten points below arch-rivals and league leaders Barcelona.
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Pablo Machin's side are occupying the third spot in the table, level on points with Real Madrid and will be eager on getting all three points and put some distance between themselves and Los Blancos.
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First-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has trained with the team but is yet to return to 100% fitness, while backup option Keylor Navas is set to miss out with a groin problem.
Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio are all likely to be unavailable, but Real Madrid will be boosted by the return of Lucas Vazquez, who will be in contention after serving out his one-match ban.
Vazquez should start out on the right flank for the home team, with the impressive Vinicius Junior set to feature out on left side from the kick-off.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Zidane, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Reguilon, Modric, Casemiro, Ceballos, Vazquez, Benzema, Vinicius
Sevilla will come into the game without being able to call upon midfielder Roque Mesa, who is suspended for the tie.
There are no other injury or suspension concerns for manager Machin coming into the blockbuster clash against Real.
Tomas Vaclik should return in goal against Real and will be shielded by a three-man backline comprising of Daniel Carrico, Simon Kjaer and Sergi Gomez.
Probable Lineup (3-5-2): Vaclik, Carrico, Kjaer, Gomez; Navas, Sarabia, Banega, Vazquez, Escudero, Ben Yedder, Silva
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- Real Madrid and Sevilla have not played out a draw in their last 27 La Liga meetings, with 16 wins for the capital club and 11 for the Andalusian outfit.
- At Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid have won their last nine league matches against Sevilla, their best streak against them in the competition, netting an average of 3.7 goals per game.
- Sevilla have only collected seven La Liga points from the last 18 possible after collecting 13 of the previous 18.
- Sevilla manager Pablo Machin has won two of his three La Liga matches against Real Madrid. Though, his Girona side did concede six goals in his only trip at Santiago Bernabeu in the competition (6-3 in March 2018).
- Real Madrid have lost two of their last five league home matches (W3) after being undefeated in their previous 13 (W10 D3).
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