Two teams that are coming off harmless losses in the Copa del Rey will now meet on Saturday, when Real Madrid will play host to Sevilla for the La Liga. Real Madrid have actually been really struggling to get results in 2019 and have won just two of their five matches in all competitions so far. Sevilla also lost in the Copa del Rey and have not been in very good form either.
Date/Time: 1-19-2019 10:15 EST
Spread: Real Madrid -0.75
Total: 3 Goals
Real Madrid (10-6-3) had minimal interest in their away match against Leganes for the second leg of the Copa del Rey. They used mostly reserves in that match as they had won the first leg by 0-3 at home and were quite comfortable. Real Madrid fell by a slim 0-1 in the second leg but still went through to the quarter-finals. Prior to that they beat Betis by a slim 2-1 on the road but that was just their second win in five matches in 2019 (2-2-1). Real Madrid are sitting at the 4th spot of the league table with 33 points, just as many as Sevilla above them. Both teams are just one point ahead of Alaves, five points behind Atletico Madrid and ten behind league leaders Barcelona. Real Madrid have been quite strong at home (6-2-1) where they have won six of their last eight matches in all competitions.
On the other hand, Sevilla (9-4-6) are also coming off a loss in the second leg of their own Copa del Rey tie against Athletic Bilbao. You see, Sevilla had won the first leg on the road by 3-1 and were somewhat complacent in the second leg. Their opponents scored a late goals at the 77th minute that didn’t change anything though. In their previous match they were again up against Athletic Bilbao, where they lost by 0-2 on the road. Sevilla have now won just one of their last five (1-2-2), failing to keep a single clean sheet too. They are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the league table with 33 points, just as many as their upcoming opponents. Sevilla have been mediocre on the road so far in the league (3-3-4), winning just one of their last six away matches in all competitions (1-2-3).
Sevilla destroyed Real Madrid by a strong 0-3 at home when the two teams met early in the season for the first time. Sevilla had also won the previous match between the two, again at home by 2-3, and have now won three of the last five against Real Madrid.
But Real Madrid have been dominant as hosts against Sevilla in recent years, staying undefeated over the last decade (11-0-0). Real Madrid’s matches at home don’t feature a lot of goals this season but this match-up traditionally favors goal-fests. The spread for Real Madrid also looks really good here.
La Liga Real Madrid vs Sevilla Prediction: Real Madrid -0.75 (-110) / Over 3 Goals (-117)
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