The star game of this Easter weekend. Sevilla FC, after defeating Granada CF last time out at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, return home to welcome Real Madrid on this Sunday night. With seven matches left in the 21/22 season, we will be looking for three points against Carlo Ancelotti's team to cement our spot in the Champions League, for what would be the third time in a row under Julen Lopetegui.
Sevilla, in third place in the league on 60 points, would take a big step tonight in Champions League qualification were we to win, after fifth-place Real Betis drew with sixth-place Real Sociedad on Friday night. Tonight's match against Madrid is the first of four games remaining at home this season, with Cádiz, Mallorca and Athletic Club still to visit.
Sevilla have 37 points at home this season - the same as Madrid, but with one game less played and no games lost
Carlo Ancelotti's team come into the game after qualifying for the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday night, after overcoming Chelsea in extra time. The league leaders, on 72 points, will be looking for a definitive win in the title race, but to do so they will have to overcome the team with the best home record in the league. With 37 points, level with Madrid but with one game less played and no games lost, Lopetegui's team are the best at home this season with eleven wins and four draws. On the other hand, Madrid have the best away record, with 35 points, well above Barcelona in second place with 28 points. Away from home, Madrid only have a couple of draws and defeats.
We haven't beaten Real Madrid at home in two years, after a run of four wins in a row in the prior seasons. This century, we have beaten the side from the capital a total of eleven times in La Liga. In the press conference, Lopetegui outlined: "It's going to be an exciting but demanding game for both sides." Madrid will be without some usual starters in the injured Mendy and the suspended Casemiro.
The match kicks off at 21:00 CEST at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán and will be refereed by Cuadra Fernández. Iglesias Villanueva will assist him on VAR duties.