Clock ticking for Schuster
Real Madrid manager Bernd Schuster is feeling the heat after a series of poor results has seen Los Galacticos fall along way behind rivals Barcelona in La Liga.
As if things were not bad enough for the German coach he also has to contend with an injury list longer than Santa's beard, with Pepe, Wesley Sneijder and Miguel Torres becoming the latest additions.
It means the team that runs out against Sevilla this Sunday will be missing Van Nistelrooy, Cannavaro, Diarra...in fact it is probably easier to list the available players.
Schuster will be well aware that only a win will suffice and, with the fans becoming restless and the board giving the dreaded vote of confidence, a loss may result in a P45 collection on Monday.
Luckily for Real, Sevilla are also struggling having been destroyed 3-0 at home by Barca last week.
It is a rare day when Real Madrid are not odds on at home against anyone other than their Catalan foes, but despite the 21/20 about them winning they are hard to back.
The draw may be the best bet in this match at 12/5, while the 5/2 about Sevilla could raise a little interest.
In terms of goals it is difficult to see where they will come from, although whenever Raul is on the pitch it is hard to rule him out of getting his name on the scoresheet.
The Spanish legend is 13/2 to score the first goal and 15/8 to score anytime, which looks good value given that he will be leading the line for Madrid.
Sevilla's best hope looks to be in the shape of former West Ham and Spurs player Frederic Kanoute who is priced the same as Raul at 13/2 first goal and 15/8 anytime.
However, the best value bet could prove to be 3/1 about under two goals being scored in the match as both teams would no doubt settle for a clean sheet.