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A night to forget for Real Madrid in midweek as they crashed out of the Champions League after putting on a feeble display against Chelsea.
That was only their first defeat since January though and after a slow start to the season, they’ve picked up the pace massively in 2021 and now sit in second, just two points behind leaders Atletico, so there’s every chance they can come away with the title this season.
Before they can start thinking of that though, they’ll have to get past a really tricky Sevilla side who, by all intents and purposes, are still in the running themselves and could be thrown right back in the mixer should results go their way this weekend.
They were on a run of five consecutive wins and were too eager to push for six last weekend as they were caught out by a late counterattack to lose 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao.
Madrid have proved that stats can be both misleading and misinterpreted. They dominated possession in the Champions League midweek and, based on stats, certainly shouldn’t have been losing at the break, though you’d be hard pressed to find someone who thinks that Madrid should have progressed.
What’s more, they’ve only lost one of their last 24 matches in the league since November and have gone unbeaten since a 2-1 defeat to Levante back in January, but it certainly won’t feel like that at the moment for the fans.
That’s because they’ve only won two of their last seven matches across all competitions, drawing a blank in over half of those games as the struggles are seeming to mount up.
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Only Karim Benzema (21) has netted more than six times for Real this season, and that reliance on their talisman hasn’t served them as well as it did with Cristiano Ronaldo. That leaves the away clean sheet a shock possibility, though Sevilla’s defensive record on the road doesn’t quite match that of their home one.
The Andalusian side have kept clean sheets in eight of their last 11 domestic clashes as they’ve made their home ground something of a fortress in recent years, though away from home they’ve managed just the single shutout from their last seven in all competitions.
That’s not to say that they don’t pick up results though, and are now unbeaten in five away games, winning each of their last three so they should be the more confident side here.
A draw really does nothing for either side in the title race, especially if either Barca or Atletico take the spoils in their clash a day earlier, and therefore we can’t see either side sitting back and playing for the point when push comes to shove late on in the game, so the draw no bet looks to be a tasty proposition for the away side who look to be in better form.