LaLiga is back this weekend after last weekend's Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup matches, a successful weekend for the two sides involved in Saturday's match. After an assured 5-0 win away at UM Escobedo in the cup, Sevilla FC visit a Real Madrid side who won the Spanish Super Cup last weekend. LaLiga Matchday 20 takes the Blanquirrojos to the Santiago Bernabéu, a ground that has been particularly unkind to them in recent seasons.
Sevilla's last win at the Bernabéu came over a decade ago, a 4-3 win back in December 2008 whilst Manolo Jiménez was manager. However, the Nervionenses have endured a barren run since that win, losing all twelve matches since, ten in the league, twice in the cup. This time, Julen Lopetegui's side will try to overturn that statistic against a side that are joint-top with FC Barcelona on 40 points, five points clear of both Atlético de Madrid and Sevilla FC, who round off the Champions League qualification places.
Sevilla FC have picked up 20 points away from home in 10 matches and are unbeaten since the trip to the Camp Nou
However, it is not just any old side who are coming to the Santiago Bernabéu this weekend. The best away side in LaLiga this season are in the capital with the clear intention of continuing their away record, picking up 20 points from their 10 matches, six wins, two draws and two defeats. Since their loss at the Camp Nou in early October, Sevilla FC are unbeaten away from home with three wins and two draws. It certainly isn't an easy match however, as Real Madrid are now sixteen unbeaten in all competitions.
En-Nesyri is in the travelling squad for this weekend's trip, which consists of 20 players. Joan Jordán has not recovered from his injury in Cantabria last week, and so does not feature. Zinedine Zidane also faces injury problems for his Real Madrid side, with both Gareth Bale and captain Sergio Ramos deemed unfit to play. Julen Lopetegui declared in his pre-match press conference that his side will try to "be on the front foot in a very demanding stadium", as well as "the only viable way of being able to win at the Santiago Bernabéu is to be prepared to compete".
Saturday's match kicks off at 16:00 CET at the Santiago Bernabéu. The referee is the Valencian Martínez Munuera, while Soto Grado is in charge of VAR.