Real Madrid will need to protect a big lead tonight against Sevilla, as the two teams play their second match of a total three meetings in eleven days. Real won the first meeting last week in a blowout performance 3-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 16. Tonight, Sevilla have a chance to get revenge for last week's game, but they must remember that they face Los Blancos again on Sunday at Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.
Real are in an excellent position to win, but Sevilla are a team that cannot be taken for granted. The odds are stacked against Sevilla to make it to the quarter finals, as even a 4-1 win for Sevilla would mean that Real still advances. Tonight's match may not be that important for Real, but if they are to win or draw, it will be a new Spanish record of 40 matches played without a defeat. Sevilla have long been a tough fixture for Real, as they have lost three of their last four trips to Sevilla.
Sevilla will need an early goal if they are to set the pace for the match. They must attack fast and often without worrying too much about getting score on, as they really have nothing to lose.
We may see a match tonight that is a prequel to Sunday Night's La Liga match. A win by Sevilla on Sunday night would put them just one-point away from Real at the top of the table, so Jorge Sampaoli may save his best lineup for that match.
Copa del Rey Betting Markets and Prediction
The odds ahead of tonight's match are very close. In fact, bet365 Sports posted in favor of Real at 2.40, while Sevilla roll in at 2.80 and a draw at 3.60. If Sevilla can pull off the amazing comeback that they need and win either 4-0 (51.00) or 5-1 (81.00), bettors will be able to enjoy odds of 11.00 is Sevilla qualify.