Real Madrid vs Sevilla Preview: How to Watch, Kick Off Time, Live Stream, Team News & More

​Real Madrid host Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday in a top four clash. Los Blancos have endured a turbulent season by their standards, rife with managerial controversy and inconsistent performances on the pitch. 

Sevilla on the other hand are much improved from last season, and are right in the mix for Champions League qualification at the end of the season. 

Vinicius Junior

Both teams sit ten points behind leaders Barcelona, and a victory for one side could prove to be a devastating blow to the other. Here’s 90min’s preview of Saturday’s game.


How to Watch

​When Is Kick Off? Saturday 19th January ​
​What Time Is Kick Off? ​15:15 BST
​Where Is it Played?  Santiago Bernabeu​
​TV Channel/Live Stream? Eleven La Liga TV, Bet 365 Live​

Team News

​Real Madrid have several established first team players ruled out of Saturday’s match. ​Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Thibaut Courtois and Marco Asensio are all injured, whilst ​Karim Benzema remains a doubt. Brahim Diaz, recently acquired from Manchester City, has come off the bench in the last two matches and will be pushing for a starting berth.

Karim Benzema

Sevilla have been more fortunate in the injury department, with Maxime Gonalons and Nolito their only long term absentees. Boss Pablo Machin may be looking to make changes from the team who lost against Athletic Bilbao last time out. 


Predicted Lineups 

​Real Madrid ​Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Isco, Ceballos, Diaz; Vinicius Jr 
​Sevilla ​Soriano; Mercado, Carrico, Gnagnon; Vidal, Banega, Amadou, Vazquez, Sarabia; Ben Yedder, Promes

Head to Head Record

Although the overall history of this fixture has been dominated by Madrid, Sevilla have been tricky customers for them in recent history. Real have won 33 of their 50 previous encounters, with Sevilla emerging victorious 13 times.

However in their last five meetings, Sevilla have won three times – including a 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. 

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​​Recent Form

Real Madrid have discovered some degree of consistency of late, losing just one of their last five league games. Sevilla on the other hand will be looking to end a run of three games without a win, and will need to bounce back following last week’s defeat to Bilbao. Here’s how both teams have fared in their last five matches. 

​Real Madrid  Sevilla​
​Leganes 1 -0 Real Madrid (16/01) Sevilla 0 – 1 Athletic Bilbao (16/01)
​Real Betis 1 – 2 Real Madrid (13/01) ​Athletic Bilbao 2 – 0 Sevilla (13/01)
​Real Madrid 3 – 0 Leganes (09/01) ​Athletic Bilbao 1 – 3 Sevilla (10/01)
Real Madrid 0 – 2 Real Sociedad (06/01) Sevilla 1 – 1 Atletico Madrid (06/01)
​Villarreal 2 – 2 Real Madrid (03/01) ​Leganes 1 – 1 Sevilla (23/12)

Predictions 

This is a must win game for both teams if they are to cling on to the slim hope of closing the gap on Barcelona. With Real likely to field a relatively inexperienced team for such a big game, Sevilla could capitalise on their nerves in front of an impatient crowd – heaping yet more misery on Santiago Solari’s reign as manager.

Prediction: Real Madrid 1 – 3 Sevilla

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Real Madrid Aiming to Beat Premier League Quartet to Eder Militao Deal by Triggering Buyout Clause

Real Madrid are reportedly willing to trigger the buyout clause of rapidly emerging Porto centre-back Eder Militao before the end of this season, with the player also linked with Premier League quartet Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton.

Militao has become a key player for Porto this season, both at home and in the Champions League, and his development seemingly hasn’t gone unnoticed by Europe’s biggest clubs.

Eder Militao

According to AS, Militao’s current buyout clause stands at €50m (£44m) and Real plan to offer to pay that amount before it expires on 30th June and rises to €75m (£66m).

It is said that even if Real triggered the clause this month, the young Brazilian would remain at Porto for the remainder of the season as the Portuguese side refuse to let him go mid-season.

AS also notes that Juni Calafat, a man who has already seen Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes sign deals with Real, is Militao’s main representative, which could help things along.

Were Real to trigger the buyout clause there would be no need to negotiate with Porto, instead moving straight onto hammering out personal terms with the player’s camp.

Eder Militao,Suat Serdar

However, there may be a problem for Real on that front as a report from Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte published earlier this week claimed that Militao would have reservations about moving to the Bernabeu and would prefer to head to the Premier League instead.

The Premier League is apparently his ‘priority’ as there are concerns about being able to command regular football at Real ahead of existing stars Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. It is said that Militao sees a clearer and quicker path to playing time in England.

Having made his senior international debut for Brazil in a friendly in September, one of his personal aims is said to be to properly break into the national squad in time for the 2019 Copa America on home soil next summer, starting in June.

Eder Militao

That might still be possible should he join Real but remain at Porto, as AS highlights, but Militao would still then encounter the stiffer competition for places in Madrid next season.

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Leeds United Confirm the Signing of Real Madrid Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla on 4-Year Contract

Championship leaders Leeds United have confirmed the arrival of former Spain international goalkeeper Kiko Casilla on a four-and-a-half year deal from Real Madrid.

United have been heavily linked with a move for Casilla in recent weeks as they look to strengthen their chances of winning the league title this season, and it was heavily speculated that the 32-year-old could sign on the dotted line before this weekend.

Kiko Casilla

Leeds have since announced on their official website that they have indeed been able to lure Casilla away from the Santiago Bernabéu, becoming manager Marcelo Bielsa’s first signing of the January transfer window where he’ll be given the number 33 shirt.

Casilla has spent almost four years with Real Madrid – his second stint with the club – where he’s competed for a first-team place alongside Keylor Navas, and most recently former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The goalkeeper actually made a name for himself in Catalonia, however, where he was the first choice shot-stopper at Barcelona’s local rivals, Espanyol. 

Casilla’s performances at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat eventually convinced Real Madrid to sign their former academy player in 2015 for €7m, where he’s gone on to make 43 appearances for the club, keeping 15 clean sheets.

At Elland Road, Casilla will be fighting for a place in between the sticks with Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Will Huffer. The former has played in all but one game this season, missing out to Huffer due to injury against Bristol City.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell

Former loanee goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, who returned to his parent club Chelsea due to a serious injury, was the club’s first choice during their brief run in the Carabao Cup.

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Leganes 1-0 Real Madrid: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Los Blancos Go Through Despite Defeat

Real Madrid progressed to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey despite a 1-0 defeat to Leganes in the second leg of their round of 16 tie. 

Carrying a 3-0 lead into the game from the first leg, the contest saw Real create little in front of goal as they were happy to sit deep and defend in numbers. 

Vinicius Junior,Kenneth Omeruo

However, Leganes started the game brightly and deservedly took the lead through Marlon Braithwaite on the half-hour mark. The Dane, who first hit the post with a fantastic header, was quickest to react to the rebound as he tucked the ball home to put the hosts in front. 

Real did little to trouble Leganes goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar throughout the first period, with their best chance coming when Vinicius Junior flashed a snap-shot wide after a fine solo run. 

The second half was rather uneventful as Real were content to sit back and manage their lead to safety until the full-time whistle.

Vinicius Junior,Kenneth Omeruo

Leganes did have chances to make things interesting in the final ten minutes, but Braithwaite missed a guilt-edged opportunity, heading into the mid-riff of Keylor Navas.

Any hopes that the home side had were gone when Sabin Merino fired over the bar, unable to keep his composure in a one-on-one against Navas. 

Brahim Diaz almost scored following his recent signing from ​Manchester City, but hit the post late on with a dinked finish. 

Brahim Diaz

Check out 90min’s breakdown of the match below. 


REAL MADRID 

Key Talking Point 

Despite avenging last year’s Copa defeat to Leganes, Real performed with a lack of intensity for the duration of the contest, most notably in the first half when they registered just one shot on target. 

Santiago Solari

Although the result was not of great importance given Los Blancos’ cushion from the first leg, they appeared to lack any desire to impact the game, which is not something you would associate with a ​Real Madrid team. 

Santiago Solari knows he must find a way to motivate his players to produce more consistent performances if Real are to close the gap to Barcelona at the top of La Liga, or advance any further in the Champions League.


Player Ratings 

Starting XI: Navas (8*); Odriozola (7), Varane (6), Nacho (7), Marcelo (5); Valverde (6), Casemiro (6), Regulion (5); Vazquez (6), Vinicius (7), Isco (5). 

Substitutes: Ceballos (6), Cristo (6), Diaz (5).


STAR MAN 

Currently enjoying an extended spell between the sticks due to Thibaut Courtois’ injury, Navas was his team’s best player by some distance. 

Keylor Navas

The Costa Rican was unlucky to see his side go behind, after a fantastic reaction save in the build up to Leganes’ goal. His intervention to deny Braithwaite midway through the second half proved key as a second goal for the hosts could have completely changed the complexion of the tie. 

Once Courtois returns from his injury, Solari will certainly face a dilemma over who his first choice shot-stopper should be, given that Navas has impressed in recent weeks. 

WORST PLAYER 

Playing in a somewhat unfamiliar role in central midfield for the first 45 minutes, ​Marcelo failed to have an influence on the game from the middle of the park. The Brazilian was also uncharacteristically poor on the ball, being dispossessed on a number of occasions. 

Marcelo,Jose Luis edel Pozo alias Recio,Javier Eraso

In addition, Marcelo was poor from an attacking perspective, lacking any incisive threat in the final third. 

This is something that must change soon, as Los Merengues are currently without a number of first team players due to injury, and Solari will need his senior players to step up in their absence over the coming weeks. 


Looking Ahead 

Following their straightforward win, Real will be looking to gain some momentum in ​La Liga and close the ten point gap between themselves and leaders Barcelona, starting with their game at home to Sevilla on Saturday. 

Real will be hoping Leganes can aid their cause, as Los Pepineros travel to Barcelona on Sunday, with kick-off at 19:45 GMT. 

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Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid Future in Doubt if ‘No Deal’ Brexit Is Approved

​Gareth Bale’s future with Real Madrid could be uncertain if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in a ‘no deal’ Brexit. 

With the British parliament currently unable to find amicable terms with which to leave the European Union, British citizens who work abroad, such as Bale, could lose the right to work in overseas EU countries.

Gareth Bale

According to ​ESPN, sources at the British Embassy in Madrid have confirmed that the current agreement would preserve the rights for UK citizens to work abroad, but the parliament’s latest disagreement over the terms means that these rights are no longer assured.

​Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barrett, has added that both he and Bale would “wait and see what happens”, but admitted that it is “impossible to plan”, given the current uncertainty.

If the right to work abroad cannot be preserved, Bale would be one of an estimated 300,000 British nationals working in Spain who would need to be granted permission to live and work in the country.

Juan Ignacio Navas, of legal experts Navas & Cusi Abogados Madrid, admitted that obtaining a work permit is not guaranteed. He said: “That is not currently not easy to get as many people want come here to live.

“But we have a law that if you buy a house for half a million euro, or you have a ‘special’ job, it is easier.”

Given Bale’s status in Madrid, it is likely that he would have no difficulties in obtaining a work permit. He is one of world football’s most recognisable players, certainly one of ​La Liga’s most valuable commodities, and his status as an elite footballer would help accelerate the process of earning a work permit.

Gabriel Paulista,Patrick Roberts

However, things may not be so simple for ​Manchester City youngster Patrick Roberts, who is currently on loan at Girona. Roberts would also have to apply for a permit and could also find himself staring into an uncertain future.

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Manchester City Not Interested in Real Madrid’s Isco With New Holding Midfielder a Higher Priority

Manchester City are reportedly not interested in Real Madrid and Spain playmaker Isco, and are instead focused on signing a defensive midfielder in the summer transfer window.

The 26-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu and has seemingly been side-lined by new Madrid manager Santiago Solari.

Isco

The midfielder has not started a La Liga game since Los Blancos’ humiliating 5-1 thrashing in El Clasico to Barcelona last October. Isco remained on the bench for last Sunday’s victory over Real Betis, with former City star Brahim Diaz brought on ahead of him.

Despite rumours suggesting that Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta had made a tentative enquiry over his availability, ​ESPN report that Pep Guardiola has no interest in signing Isco and has ruled out making any new additions to his squad in January.

The report adds that ​City are currently well stocked with players in ​Isco’s position, and that the Etihad side’s priorities in the summer transfer window lay elsewhere.

Guardiola has the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan at his disposal for City’s attacking midfield slots, whilst teenage academy prospect Phil Foden is also highly regarded at the club.

Bernardo Silva,Ilkay Gundogan,Kevin De Bruyne,Raheem Sterling

It is understood that City’s main target this summer will be to acquire a new holding midfielder to ease the burden on veteran Brazilian Fernandinho. Ajax’s Frankie de Jong, Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele and Ruben Neves from Wolves are amongst the names being considered.

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Santiago Solari Claims He Has No Say in Real Madrid’s Transfer Policy Amid Isco Exit Rumours

​Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari has suggested that the club’s incoming and outgoing transfers are not his responsibility, insisting that his job is only to train the players and pick the team.

Solari made the comments whilst distancing himself from the rumours surrounding Isco, suggesting that whether the 26-year-old stays or leaves the Santiago Bernabeu will not be his decision.

Real Betis Balompie v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Isco has been repeatedly linked with a move away from the Spanish capital this month as a result of the Spaniard falling down the Madrid pecking order under Solari. In Real’s recent 2-1 victory away at Real Betis, Isco did not even make it onto the pitch – instead watching on from the substitutes bench.

But Solari claims that his job is solely to pick the team, not to worry about Los Blancos’ transfer policy. “It is not up to me to explain the transfer policy, I am just the coach.” Solari said, as quoted by ​Marca.

Whilst the midfielder – who has earned 36 caps for Spain – did not make it onto the pitch at the Benito Villamarin Stadium on Sunday; there were young players who did – including new arrival Brahim Diaz from ​Manchester City.

Solari went on to compliment his mix of youth and experience, praising both sides of that spectrum for helping the team perform during their games.

Brahim Diaz

“The other day, a lot [of youngsters] ended up playing in the Betis match. But they were also supported by ​[Sergio] Ramos, [Dani] Carvajal, ​Casemiro and ​[Luka] Modric, who are the players that form the base of the side and also have to support the young players.

“The young players are great, but also the veterans who contribute a lot. I feel proud of my players of the winning spirit they have, they never tire of competing, after winning for so many years.”

The Argentine also discussed the mentality of his team ahead of Wednesday’s Spanish Cup trip to Leganes, with Solari suggesting that his Real Madrid side will not ease off despite taking a 3-0 lead into the second leg.

“We will start thinking it is a new game, because we have a very serious team in front of us,” he added. “They are a strong, local side, and will think of the match as if it starts at 0-0. Every game has its characteristics, and every game has a new scenario.”

Alvaro Odriozola,Sergio Ramos,Vinicius Junior

Whilst Real look likely to cruise through into the next round of the cup, Solari will hope that he can help improve the club’s position in the league – with Los Blancos currently sitting in a rather uncharacteristically low fourth position.

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Picking the Best Potential Real Madrid Lineup to Face Leganes in the Copa del Rey

​Real Madrid face a trip to Leganes on Wednesday night for the second leg of their Copa del Rey fifth round tie.

Los Blancos go into the game with a commanding aggregate advantage having beaten Leganes 3-0 in the home leg. Therefore, Santiago Solari may take the opportunity to rest some of his key stars and give minutes to the squad players. 

However, having been knocked out of the competition by the same opponents last year, Madrid will be wary of a repeat. 

Here’s the lineup which Solari might opt for on Wednesday evening.

3. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Keylor Navas

Keylor Navas (GK) – After a stellar campaign which saw the Costa Rican lift his third successive Champions League last season, Keylor Navas has been unceremoniously dropped to the bench this season after the acquisition of Thibaut Courtois. However, Navas will be given the chance to shine against Leganes.

Álvaro Odriozola (RB) – The 23-year-old right-back often plays second fiddle to the consistent Dani Carvajal but gets his opportunity in the domestic cup games. Odriozola’s record in this season’s Copa del Rey is superb, with one goal and three assists so far.

Sergio Ramos (CB) – Whilst Solari will be keen to rest some of his stars, he will want to maintain a strong defence in order to safeguard against an upset. Therefore, captain Ramos seems likely to start on Wednesday to provide some bite to the backline.

Nacho Fernández (CB) – Playing on the left of a back-three in Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Real Betis on Sunday, Nacho could partner his Spanish compatriot against Leganes. Solari will likely take the opportunity to rest first team regular and World Cup winner Raphael Varane.

Sergio Reguilón (LB) – After Marcelo’s poor recent form, 22-year-old Reguilón has started Madrid’s last two games. The Spaniard might not possess the attacking pizzazz of Marcelo but he provides greater stability to Real Madrid’s defence.

2. Midfielders

Dani Ceballos

Casemiro (CDM) – Akin to Fernandinho for Manchester City, Casemiro is a difficult player to replace in the Real Madrid lineup. His defensive nouse and playmaking ability are integral to both Madrid’s attack and defence. Solari may need the Brazilian against Leganes.

Dani Ceballos (CM) – In what has been a hugely disappointing season for Madrid thus far, Ceballos has been a shining light. The 22-year-old midfielder is calmness personified on the ball and can provide a spark of creativity when needed most, as demonstrated by his 88th minute winner against Real Betis.

Federico Valverde (CM) – The young Uruguayan midfielder has played in all of Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey fixtures this season and could be given the opportunity to demonstrate his abilities once more on Wednesday night. 

1. Forwards

Vinicius Junior

Brahim Díaz (RW) – Having signed from Manchester City for £15.5m in January, Díaz could be handed his full debut against Leganes. Pep Guardiola will have been livid about losing the youngster and Díaz could prove why on Wednesday.

Cristo González (ST) – With Karim Benzema out injured, Cristo seems destined to lead the line in this Copa del Rey clash. With calls for Madrid to sign a new striker in January, this is an opportunity for Cristo to stake his claim for that starting role.

Vinícius Junior (LW) – The skilful Brazilian has provided a much needed entertainment factor to what has become a surprisingly boring and predictable Real Madrid side. His pace, trickery and direct style of play make Vinícius a nightmare to defend against and he will be looking to make his mark against Leganes.

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Chelsea Prepared to Label Eden Hazard With £100m Price Tag Should He Decide to Join Real Madrid

​Chelsea are prepared to place a £100m price tag on Eden Hazard if the Belgian decides that his future lies with Real Madrid at the end of the season.

Hazard has frequently been linked with a move over to the Spanish capital in recent years, but he has remained rather cryptic about the situation, claiming that he is prepared to wait until the end of this season before deciding whether or not to sign a new contract with Chelsea.

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According to ​The Telegraph, if ​Hazard tells ​Chelsea that he wants to join ​Real Madrid then the Blues will respond by labelling him with a £100m price tag – in spite of the fact that he only has one year remaining on his current contract.

Chelsea recently agreed to pay Borussia Dortmund ​£58m for Christian Pulisic and the Blues are said to be adamant that Hazard is worth more than double what they paid for the American winger.

The valuation of Hazard could prove to be a stumbling block for Madrid, as they do not have large cash reserves put aside for transfers.

However, Los Blancos will be hoping that ​Mateo Kovacic can act as a bargaining chip for them at the end of the season.

Mateo Kovacic

The Croatian is currently on loan at Chelsea and, with a permanent move looking entirely possible, Madrid will hope that Kovacic can help them cover the cost of any deal for Chelsea’s star man.

Despite Chelsea currently being in the market for a new striker and midfielder this January, securing Hazard’s future remains the club’s number one priority.

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Leganes vs Real Madrid Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time, Team News & More

Real Madrid will make the trip to Leganes on Wednesday in the second leg of this Copa del Rey round of 16 clash.​

After their emphatic 3-0 victory in the first leg of the tie, Real will hope that the hard work is already done, and a repeat of last season’s shock exit at the hands of Leganes looks incredibly unlikely.

Brahim Diaz

However, their recent from has been anything but convincing, and they certainly needed some good fortune to emerge victorious against Real Betis on Sunday.

Here’s 90min’s preview for the second leg clash.


How to Watch

​When Is Kick Off? ​Wednesday 16 January
​What Time Is Kick Off? ​20:30 (BST)
​Where Is it Played? ​Estadio Municipal de Butarque
​TV Channel/Live Stream? ​beIN SPORTS
​Referee? ​Juan Martinez Munuera

Team News

For Leganes, regular Copa del Rey goalkeeper Andriy Lunin will be unable to face his parent side, meaning he will join long-term absentees Alexander Szymanowski, Ezequiel Munoz and Michael Santos on the sidelines.

Karim Benzema

As for ​Real, ​Karim Benzema and Jesus Vallejo are the latest first-team stars to pick up injuries, joining ​Thibaut Courtois, ​Toni Kroos, ​Gareth Bale, Marcos Llorente and ​Marco Asensio on the injury table. However, there could be good news for Real, as striker Mariano​ could be set for a return to the lineup after a few weeks out through injury.


Predicted Lineups

​Leganes Cuellar; Tarin, Bustinza, Slovas; Juanfran, Recio, Perez, Gumbau; El Zhar, Braithwaite, Merino.​
​Real Madrid ​Navas; Odriozola, Ramos, Fernandez, Reguilon; Casemiro, Ceballos, Valverde; Vinicius Junior, Cristo, Brahim.

Head to Head Record

Unsurprisingly, Real boast an almost perfect record against Leganes, having ​won nine out of the ten meetings between the two sides. Alongside the 3-0 victory in the first leg, Real also earned a 4-1 win when the sides met in ​La Liga back in September.

Real Madrid v Leganes - Copa del Rey, Quarter Final Second Leg

However, in arguably the most memorable meeting between the two, it was Leganes who earned a shock 2-1 victory at the Bernabeu in the quarter-final of this competition last season, which was enough to eliminate Real from the competition.


Recent Form

​Sitting 13th in La Liga, Leganes have enjoyed mixed fortunes throughout this season. However, they come into this match on the back of a crucial 1-0 victory over SD Huesca, which will give them confidence that they may be able to salvage a result against Real.

Dani Ceballos

Los Blancos have looked mortal this season, struggling at both ends of the field and falling well behind ​Barcelona in the league table. Dani Ceballos’ 88th-minute winner against Betis kept Real ten points behind their rivals, and Los Blancos managed just 26% possession against a spirited Betis side. If Leganes bring the game to Real, who knows what could happen.

Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:

​Leganes Real Madrid​
​Leganes 1-0 SD Huesca (12/1)            ​Real Betis 1-2 Real Madrid (13/1)
​Real Madrid 3-0 Leganes (9/1) ​Real Madrid 3-0 Leganes (9/1)
​Espanyol 1-0 Leganes (4/1)                      ​Real Madrid 0-2 Real Sociedad (6/1)                       
​Leganes 1-1 Sevilla (23/12) ​Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid (3/1)
​Celta Vigo 0-0 Leganes (14/12) ​Real Madrid 4-1 Al-Ain (22/12)

Prediction

On paper, this would appear to be a routine victory for Real. However, as we have regularly seen this season, Real don’t often have things their own way anymore.

The 3-0 lead from the first leg will certainly give Real a lot of confidence, and Santiago​ Solari will likely field a second-string side as he seeks to give his starters a much-needed rest. Having said that, he cannot afford to overlook Leganes, who showed they are capable of a shock when they eliminated Real in this competition last season.

Santiago Solari

Even with Real struggling, it’s incredibly tough to look past them, and they should have enough to avoid a scare on Wednesday.

Prediction: Leganes 0-2 Real Madrid

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