Real Madrid will travel to Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán this Saturday to face Europa League finalists Sevilla in the penultimate game of the 2022/23 La Liga season.
Sevilla’s chances of breaking into the European spots in the league table took a big hit last time as they were held to a 1-1 draw with already-relegated Elche.
That result means that they come into this penultimate weekend sitting one point behind Osasuna in the race for a spot in the Conference League qualifiers next season.
But they can be forgiven for taking their eyes off the ball as they can qualify for the Champions League, a far more superior competition, if they defeat AS Roma in Budapest next Wednesday.
But manager José Luis Mendilibar will want his side to give their best here to ensure they are prepared to secure top seven should the opportunity arise. He will want his side to extend their six-match unbeaten run in all competitions (W3, D3) and to keep their improved home league form this calendar year going (W7, D2, L2).
Meanwhile, Real Madrid will look to make it back-to-back wins for the first time in nine games when they face Sevilla.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side bounced back from back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Valencia to win 2-1 against Rayo Vallecano last time. But even that win was not straightforward, as Los Blancos needed a late goal to win.
Yet, a run of eight games without defeat against Sevilla should make them confident of winning here. And having overtaken Atletico Madrid in second place, Ancelotti will want his side to end the season on a high note by winning their last two games and securing a top-two finish.
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