The international break is finally over and it couldn't have come any sooner for Real Madrid.
Los Merengues are dealing with plenty of issues off the pitch and are desperate to get the focus back on football and off of drama related to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Of course, Jose Mourinho and the boys would surely have picked a different opponent if they had the choice.
The defending champs will be welcomed back play by heading to Andalusia to face Sevilla, who currently sit in seventh place, two spots above Real.
Jose Mourinho is fortunate to be fielding a side near full strength, but he may also be leading a divided team into the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
Ronaldo—probably inadvertently—caused a media frenzy when he announced that he was unhappy after Madrid's most recent win against Granada.
Theories as to why he is unhappy are everywhere, and while most of them are completely false, there is at least a chance that CR7 could feel like he does not have the full support of his teammates in certain respects.
For Madridistas, the hope is that any and all rumors and uncertainties will be erased as soon as the team steps on the pitch.
Aside from the Ronaldo drama, the team is near full strength.
Mourinho is likely to play the hot hand and stick with Gonzalo Higuain, but Karim Benzema could warrant a start to try and get his confidence back.
Michael Essien has said that he is at full strength and ready to get some time in Spain. There is a chance he will start and maybe Kaka as well since the Brazilian is the most rested attacking midfielder at this point.
Pepe looks to have recovered from a head injury in the opener against Valencia and will join a full-strength defensive line.
The only absence will be Fabio Coentrao, as he continues to serve his four-match ban—the result of some disorderly conduct during his side's loss to Getafe a few weeks ago.
Michel will not have his strongest lineup against the reigning champs, but he will still have a solid lineup.
Geoffrey Kondogbia and Diego Perotti are still suffering from muscle injuries, while Hedwiges Maduro is still trying to get fully fit after being diagnosed with a heart abnormality just a few weeks ago.
Sevilla will have their top goalkeeper Diego Lopez back from suspension, but he will be without Jose Antonio Reyes, who is still out with a shoulder injury.
Manu del Moral is likely to start on the left wing for the second straight match.
Sevilla: Lopez; Cicinho, Botia, Spahic, Navarro; Trochowski, Medel, Rakitic; Navas, Negredo, Del Moral
Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marceloa; Alonso, Khedira, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Higuain
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This match has fans buzzing, because the three best wingers in Spain will all share the pitch Saturday night, when Jesus Navas squares off against Ronaldo and Angel di Maria.
This match is largely a clash of ideals, with Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido being one of the most outspoken opponents of the enormous gap between Spain's big two and the rest of La Liga.
The vocal figure would love nothing more than to beat the Spanish giants, despite the enormous gap in financial power partially caused by a broken TV revenue system.
Los Nervionenses have lost their last seven meetings with Madrid, the most recent one being a 3-0 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu last April.
The Sevillistas' last win at the Bernabeu was a 4-3 victory back in December 2008.
The Andalusian's are undefeated thus far but have generally disappointed, managing two draws with just three goals after a trio of games.
Real Madrid may have some internal issues to deal with, but they are still favored to continue their dominance in Sevilla.
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