La Liga match day 20 is here and there is no bigger matchup than second place Real Madrid hosting fourth place Sevilla on Saturday January 18, 2020. Both teams played in cup competitions last weekend and will be excited to get back to league play.
Real Madrid enter round 20 tied with Barcelona atop the table at 40 points, but sit in second place due to goal differential. Los Blancos have been in good form as of late as they won the Spanish Super Cup last weekend, are unbeaten in 16 straight games, are still alive in the Champions League, are one of the favorites to win the Copa del Rey and are probably the favorites to win the league. It’s been a good few months for Real Madrid.
Sevilla enter round 20 in fourth place and just five points back of Barcelona and Real Madrid atop the table. They also have a four point lead over Real Sociedad for the final Champions League spot. Sevilla also still have a ton to play for this season as they are still alive in the league title race, are through to the Round of 32 in the Copa del Rey and are through to the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Below is my pick for the La Liga action between Real Madrid and Sevilla. All odds are from Points Bet Sportsbook
Real Madrid (-170) vs Sevilla (+420) Draw (+330)
Real Madrid took part in the revamped Spanish Super Cup and came away with a 3-1 win over Valencia and an 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid to lift the title. The win in the Super Cup keeps Real Madrid alive for the quadruple this season as they are still alive in the Champions League, Copa del Rey and La Liga title race. Real Madrid a 2-3-0 in their last five La Liga games and look to be the favorite to win the league title after news of Luis Suarez being out for four months for Barcelona. Los Blancos are the second best home team in La Liga having won 21 points out of a possible 27 and not losing once in their nine home games.
Sevilla continued their Copa del Rey journey last weekend and walked away with a 5-0 road win at fourth division Escobedo. Two goals in the first half made for a relaxing second half that saw Sevilla put three more in the back of the net. Sevilla has now come away with two road wins to start their Copa del Rey campaign. In La Liga, Sevilla is 2-2-1 over their last five games and need a win Saturday to stick with Real Madrid and Barcelona in the title race. Sevilla are the best road team in La Liga having won 20 points from a possible 30 and losing just two times in 10 road games.
Series History: These two clubs have gone back and forth over the past few years with Real Madrid leading 5-2-3 over the last 10 meetings.
Soccer Prediction: I like Real Madrid -170 to continue their good form and to come away with the big win on Saturday.
2020 Results: 5-3