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Jonathan Cordingley 2nd Oct 2009 - 12:22

Can Madrid pass their first Real test of the season?

Immediately after the Racing-Valencia game, Sevilla (9/4) host Real Madrid (10/11) at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. For followers of Spanish football, this is undoubtedly Real's biggest test so far.

In this fixture last season, Real golden boy Raúl (7/1 first goal) scored a hat-trick (50/1) within the space of twenty minutes. Before and after his treble, Sevilla had looked the more impressive side.

Fast forward to this season and there is more than a sense of déjà vu.

Thus far failing to dominate games in the manner you would expect, given their star studded line up, Real have won five out of five mainly due to individual talent. As a collective there are many questions yet to be answered.

The biggest concern for Real Madrid, not surprisingly, is the defence's inability to deal with set pieces and crosses. This is where Sevilla flourish, with wingers Jesus Navas (6/1 anytime) and Diego Perotti (5/1 anytime) in fine form supplying target man Kanoute (15/2 first goal) and his fellow strikers Fabiano (7/1 first goal) and Negredo (9/1 first goal).

Bar an opening day defeat to Valencia, Sevilla have won every game they've played, including an impressive 4-0 win (100/1) in Bilbao last weekend. Well organised defensively, but with essentially the same back line as last year, Sevilla have conceded 3 goals so far and two of those came against Los Che.

Last season's fixture: Sevilla 2 Real Madrid 4 (50/1)

As last season's result demonstrates, Madrid are certainly capable of breaching Sevilla's back four. With Benzema finding his feet with a brace against Tenerife last week (9/1 two goals or more) and world player of the year Ronaldo (4/1 first goal) hitting 5 in 5, everything points to over 2 goals in the match (2/5).

Can this be Madrid's first defeat of the season? Find out on Sunday and don't forget you can Bet In-Play with William Hill Online.

Jonathan Cordingley brings you these thoughts on the game which Sky Sports 1 are showing live on Sunday from 20:00.

 
 
 

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