This is probably not the week to face Real Madrid.
Still smarting after a 2-1 loss to Barcelona in this weekend's Clasico—and a pretty atrocious non-call after Cristiano Ronaldo was clearly fouled in the box—Los Blancos should come out with an axe to grind. They certainly won't overlook Sevilla, as they now trail Barca by six points on the table.
That's bad news for Sevilla, which have played better of late after a slow start to the season but could hit a major bump in the road when they face Real Madrid. Let's break down this La Liga clash.
When: Wednesday, October 30 at 5 p.m. ET (9 p.m. GMT)
Where: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Odds: Real Madrid (72 percent), Sevilla (12.9 percent) and draw (15.1 percent), according to Bloomberg Sports
Sevilla couldn't have started the season more poorly, taking just two points from their first five matches. But they've recovered, going unbeaten in their last five and taking 11 points in the process. Keep a close eye on Ivan Rakitic (five goals, two assists) and Stephane Mbia (four assists), who have both been wonderful this season.
One player that hasn't been wonderful quite yet—and certainly underwhelmed in his Clasico debut—is Gareth Bale. The former Tottenham man deserves the patience of Real Madrid supporters—he's adjusting to a new league, new system and has been troubled by injuries early in the season—but he soon needs to show the class that made him a Galactico signing this summer.
Real Madrid could be getting a major boost in the midfield, however, as Xabi Alonso could be returning to the squad, according to Dermot Corrigan of ESPN. With Alonso back, Real Madrid won't need to go experimenting with Sergio Ramos in the midfield.
In that report, manager Carlo Ancelotti said Karim Benzema would start at forward, while both Isco and Bale could feature.
Corrigan also noted that Sevilla haven't won away from home in over a year. That's not a good away record with a trip to the Bernabeu on tap.
Hell may hath no fury like a woman scorned, but a Ronaldo scorned is a hell for the club that has to face him next. Denied a clear penalty against Barcelona, expect Ronaldo to absolutely skewer Sevilla in this game, earning a brace.
Real Madrid will take out their Clasico frustrations on Sevilla, winning 3-0.