Real Madrid predicted lineup vs Sevilla - La Liga

  • Real Madrid welcome Sevilla to the Bernabeu on Sunday
  • Carlo Ancelotti has limited squad availability due to injuries and suspensions
  • Jude Bellingham, David Alaba and Eder Militao all out while Antonio Rudiger is a major doubt

Real Madrid host Sevilla at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday with many of their first choice players either injured or suspended.

Carlo Ancelotti has lots to consider before this La Liga clash, with the likes of Eder Militao, David Alaba, Thibaut Courtois and Jude Bellingham all out injured. As well as that, Eduardo Camavinga and Dani Carvajal are suspended and Antonio Rudiger remains a major doubt, so the starting lineup may not look too familiar.

Madrid are six points ahead of Girona at the top of Spain's top flight ahead of the weekend, while Sevilla find themselves all the way down in 15th. There'll also be a return for Sergio Ramos against his former club which is another thing to keep a close eye on.

Here's the starting Madrid XI Ancelotti may choose against Sevilla.

Real Madrid predicted lineup vs Sevilla (4-3-1-2)

Aurelien Tchouameni
Tchouameni will be needed at centre-back again / Angel Martinez/GettyImages

GK: Andriy Lunin - The Ukrainian goalkeeper has impressed recently with this run of games and, after his player of the match performance against RB Leipzig, there are rumours he will be offered a new contract.

RB: Lucas Vazquez - An important utility player, Vazquez will be tasked with a full 90 minutes at right-back on Sunday after Carvajal needlessly got himself sent off against Rayo Vallecano.

CB: Nacho Fernandez - The 33-year-old is the only fully fit central defender at the club with Militao and Alaba injured and Rudiger still recovering. There's lot more responsibility on the shoulders of the club captain, who was essentially a rotational option at the start of the season.

CB: Aurelien Tchouameni - The makeshift central defender, Tchouameni is showcasing a new part of his game now. The France international had a couple of wobbles against Vallecano in an otherwise solid display and has been endearing himself to the fans of late, saying: "Every morning, when I arrive at the training ground, I tell myself how lucky and honoured I am to play for this club. Wearing this kit is a dream come true for me."

LB: Ferland Mendy - Having served his suspension in the Vallecano draw, Mendy is back at left-back which will be a boost. Fran Garcia is another option here, but the Frenchman is expected to get the nod.

CM: Federico Valverde - Perhaps the only constant from a form and fitness perspective in this Madrid team right now, Valverde slapped the post with a great volley last time out. He isn't the most technically gifted player they have, but the Uruguayan is crucial to the way they play.

CM: Toni Kroos - With Camavinga also banned and Tchouameni in the backline, Kroos, who nearly won the Vallecano game with a great free-kick late on, is expected to get a start in midfield. Needs to start thinking about Euro 2024 after deciding to come out of international retirement for Germany.

CM: Luka Modric - Starts haven't always been forthcoming for Modric this season. However, with absences piling up in midfield, the Croatian Ballon d'Or winner might move back from his more attacking role of late. Could soon be a coach for the Spanish club.

AM: Brahim Diaz - Joselu went down with an injury on the eve of the Sevilla clash, meaning Ancelotti could revert to the 4-3-1-2 formation and move Diaz back into a central role.

ST: Rodrygo - Dropped to the bench last weekend but will be back in the starting XI. Sitting on eight, Rodrygo has the chance to set a new season-best for La Liga goals by surpassing the nine he managed in 2022/23.

ST: Vinicius Junior - Has grown in stature both at Madrid and internationally this season and the Brazilian still has more gears to go into. He has just won the XXXIV EFE Trophy for the second year running, a prize given out to the standout Ibero-American player of the year.