The first matchday of La Liga 2022 concluded with an Andalusian derby in Cadiz. Sevilla’s chances of challenging for the title have been strengthened by the defeat of Real Madrid, who are currently leading the league. Julen Lopetegui’s team will still be in contention if they win their two remaining games.
Cadiz will do everything in their power to ensure that this happens. They will have a lot of motivation as they are defending local pride and trying to secure their future at the club. It is unlikely that Cadiz will win this game unless they make significant changes over the next few months.
However, they have problems at both ends of their pitch. Cadiz has the worst goalscoring record in Spain and the worst defensive record. They are the only team below them, and winless Levante is their closest rival. However, they have yet to win at home. Nuevo Miranda is a stronghold against Alvaro Sevilla’s men.
Sevilla will be certain to think that they have the chance to win all points. They are down to 10 points after their four previous games but will be thankful for the winter break. They were fatigued at the end of their last match when Jules Quandt was sent to the stands in the 64th minute to earn a 1-1 draw against Barcelona.
They’ve been having some selection problems lately and this will continue with Quandt suspended, five Corverde positive cases, and five more in their ranks. However, their opponents are very short on numbers so Sevilla could still play an important role in the game’s outcome.
Cadiz finished 12th in La Liga last year, but it was difficult for them to be consistent in 2021-22. They picked up only 14 points from 18 games and are now 19th in the table. This leaves them just one point away from safety in the 17th.
Although they have only won two of 18 league games this term for the Yellow Submarine, they managed two wins in last month’s Copa del Rey. They defeated Villarde Fortuna, Albacete, and advanced to the next round.
Cadiz held Real Madrid to an equal draw at the Bernabeu before the winter break. However, they haven’t won the league since November. Now they face another difficult challenge against title-challenging Sevilla.
Alvaro Essaouira’s team lost to Sevilla 3-0 in Estadio Ramon, while Nervinos won 3-1 at home.
Cadiz has the worst home record in La Liga with only five points from nine games. They also failed to win a single game, which is worrying.
Sevilla has won 11 of their 18 league matches, drawn 5, and lost 2. This is undoubtedly the most defensive record in the division. They are expected to finish ahead of Atletico Madrid or Barcelona, but they still have plenty to play.
The Nervinas have scored 10 points in their four previous league games. They beat Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao, before sharing points with Barcelona.
Real Madrid’s recent form has been incredible, but Sevilla will remain close if they keep picking up wins. Lopetegui’s side also advanced in Copa del Rey and secured a tie against Real Zaragoza in the third round on January 6.
The two sides will go head-to-head
These are the six most recent competitive meetings. Sevilla has won five and drawn one of the last six competitive meetings.
In their 3 previous visits to Cadiz, Sevilla won.
They beat their Andalusian counterparts by winning 3-0 and 3-1 last season.
Cadiz defeated Sevilla in 2006 in Copa del Rey, winning 3-2 at home.
News from the team
Cadiz will be absent from the Jose Mari and Joan Andres Garrido games due to injury. Juan Carra will not play Monday due to suspension.
COVID-19 issues are also present in the home camp. Victor Chester and Victor Chester, Ivan Alejo, and Salvi Sanchez are all unavailable.
Ruben Negredo will likely lead the line for the away side. Alvaro Bastida and Ivan Chapela, who both started against Real Madrid on the bench, could be in the last third.
Sevilla’s Erik Lamela, Suso, and Marcos Acuna will be out of the game with injuries, while Jesus Navas and Oliver Torres are still doubtful for the visitors.
After testing positive for COVID-19 in Diego Carlos, Gonzalo Montel, Youssouf Nasri, Karim Rekik, and Youssouf Nasri, Karim Rekik will not be eligible for selection. Jules Kunde is also unavailable due to suspension.
Fernando will likely join Nemanja Gordry at the center-back for Sevilla while Ludwig Augustinsson, Navas, and Navas take over the wing-back positions.
The front three against Barcelona – Alejandro Gomez and Rafa Mir – should continue to feature on wings while Ivan Rakitic will also be expected to play in the midfield.
Possible starting lineups
Ledesma; Acapo, Farley, Halojan, Espino; Fernandez, Jonsson, Alarcon; Chapela, Negredo, Bastida
Bunun; Navas, Goudry, Fernando, Augustinsson; Rakitic, Delany, Jordan; Gomez, Mir, Ocampos
Both teams are likely to be out of the tournament through injury. This could prove to be a difficult game for Sevilla. However, Cadiz has been disappointing at home this season. This will be a close match, but we expect the visitors to win the crucial three points.
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