Real Madrid will play hosts for the first time this season as they continue their journey to the defence of the La Liga title. Today, they have to take on Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu in a game that will define who the outright table leader is at this point of the season.
Thibaut Courtois starts in goal, as he usually does. He has been brilliant as ever this season, but has not managed a clean sheet. With the roar of the Bernabeu behind him, though, one can be more hopeful.
In defence, we are graced with the usual suspects as David Alaba returns to his centre-back role alongside Eder Militao. Daniel Carvajal and Ferland Mendy have been tasked with providing width from the back.
Toni Kroos starts from the bench, with Eduardo Camavinga taking his place in the centre of the park. Aurelien Tchouameni has made the pivot role his own, and will continue there, with the assistance of Luka Modric in midfield.
Finally, the onus is on Karim Benzema to carry on his spectacular display from against Espanyol as he spearheads the attack. Vinicius Jr is his aid on the left, while Federico Valverde has been dropped for Rodrygo on the right.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Camavinga, Tchouameni, Modric; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.