Real Madrid: How Will They Lineup in La Liga Match Against Sevilla?

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2013

Asier Illarramendi
Asier Illarramendi

Carlo Ancelotti has been left with more questions than answers after Real Madrid's 2-1 defeat to Barcelona at Camp Nou on Saturday.

The turnaround in league fixtures this week means he has little time to ponder those questions ahead of the match against Sevilla on Wednesday—although that could prove a blessing.

Unai Emery's side arrive at the Bernabeu fresh from a win over Osasuna; however, it is now over a year since the Andalusian's managed to win away from their Sanchez Pizjuan home in La Liga.

Sergio Ramos, who Madrid signed from Sevilla, is the only player who has not been training with the squad this week; Marca have speculated that he won't be risked against his former club.

Ancelotti can afford to be without his captain, who was tried in a midfield role in the weekend's Clasico, given the return to fitness of Raphael Varane and the form of Pepe.

Ramos could miss out
Ramos could miss out/Getty Images

Those two should start as Madrid's central defenders if Ramos doesn't make it.

Tucking in on either side of Varane and Pepe should be Dani Carvajal and Marcelo—neither gave particularly disparaging performances in Catalunya.

But while Ancelotti has shown that he favours Marcelo over Fabio Coentrao, it is not yet as clear-cut who he prefers on the right of his defence.

Carvajal was chosen to face Neymar—no doubt with the Brazilian's destruction of Alvaro Arbeloa in the Confederations Cup final in mind—but it wouldn't be a surprise to see Arbeloa return to the side for Sevilla's visit.

In midfield a return to the starting lineup should be on the cards for Asier Illarramendi.

The former Real Sociedad midfielder started the Barcelona match in the dugout—Ancelotti said afterwards he was suffering from muscle fatigue, via Football-Espana—coming on to improve the look of Los Blancos in the second half.

Luka Modric doesn't deserve to miss out, and while while he hasn't been spectacular, Sami Khedira should start too.

It's too soon for Xabi Alonso to make his comeback from the start, although he could feature at some point, while introducing Isco in a three-man midfield could unbalance the side.

Should Bale be allowed to find his form from the start?
Should Bale be allowed to find his form from the start?/Getty Images

Further forward Cristiano Ronaldo will start, then it's two from Isco, Gareth Bale, Angel di Maria and Karim Benzema to join him in Ancelotti's starting lineup.

Di Maria, despite being one of Madrid's better players this season, has started a lot recently and may find himself rested.

Bale needs minutes and should continue in the side after completing an hour at Camp Nou and, even though he's on a run of games without scoring for his club, Benzema looked sharp when he came on against Barcelona.

On the back of that, Ancelotti has confirmed the Frenchman will start, according to RealMadridTV presenter Phil Kitromilides.

Isco is due a return to the Italian's team but may have to bide his time a little bit longer following his drop in form after an excellent start to life in the Spanish capital.


Predicted Real Madrid XI: Diego Lopez; Alvaro Arbeloa, Raphael Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Sami Khedira, Asier Illarramendi, Luka Modric; Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo