Racing defender Tono misses the match due to a small tear to the inside of his left calf muscle. Mario Fernandez will replace him. Marcos Gullon is suspended while Lautaro Acosta is unavailable due to his loan conditions from Sevilla.
Federico Fazio and Coke return from suspension for the visitors, Argentine defender Fazio coming in for injured Bosnia international Emir Spahic and full-back Coke expected to start. Young defender Deivid makes way for Coke, while Antonio Luna is also left out.
Michel: "We now have no margin for error. We still have time to overcome our predicament and qualify for Europe, but we can’t think about this – accumulation of points is the priority, nothing more."
Alvaro Cervera: "I have arrived at the club to find a gloomy atmosphere in the dressing room. It’s understandable as results have been poor, but we have to fight until the end. We don’t have time to think about things, we just have to try and get as many points as we can. You have to play with a sense of risk as you have to win games – draws aren’t good enough."
Sevilla managed their joint-biggest away win in Primera two seasons ago at El Sardinero: 5-1 in May 2010.
Sevilla have lost on just one of their last eight league visits to Santander (W4 D3).
Racing are without a win in five at home in the league, their poorest run this season (D3 L2).
The Hispalenses have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven away games in the league.
The Verdinegros have had three players sent off in their last four league games at home to Sevilla.
Jose Antonio Reyes is yet to score since returning to Sevilla (11 league games).
Manu del Moral’s brace in the first meeting this season means that he has scored more goals against Racing in Primera (2) than any other side.
Sevilla, Sporting Gijon and Real Zaragoza have picked up the joint-fewest points in La Liga in 2012 (nine).
Míchel has picked up fewer points per game in the league this season as Sevilla manager (1.17), than Marcelino (1.23).
Clos Gomez has awarded the most penalties in Primera this season (seven) and the most to away side (four).
Racing 9/4, Sevilla 5/4, Draw 11/5