Alaves vs Real Madrid predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s match in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as Los Blancos look to go top of the table.
Alaves vs Real Madrid Preview
This game serves up a repeat of one of Real Madrid’s darkest hours from last season. Los Blancos conceded to a last gasp Manu Garcia strike which lifted the roof of Mendizorrotza as locals basked in the glory of a rare win over Los Blancos. A repeat can’t entirely be ruled out this weekend but there are now at least plenty of signs that Real Madrid are on the right track again.
Despite the summer change in coach, Mendizorrotza is still a tough place to go. Alaves have only conceded twice in 7 home games so far this season in La Liga with only Sevilla leaving Vitoria with all three points. They also take confidence into this having won at Eibar last time out and that victory takes the pressure off this game for Asier Garitano’s men.
Real Madrid’s recent performances will have pleased Zinedine Zidane although he’d have been disappointed by his team’s failure to see out the game in midweek against PSG. Los Blancos will go top if they win this match and there’s a pretty good chance they will stay there too given Barcelona are away to Atleti on Sunday. At the very least, Los Blancos look like they will head into the new year right in this title race which hasn’t really been the case in either of the last two seasons.
Real Madrid will know what to expect here with Alaves’ front two posing a real threat. Joselu is winning more aerials than any other player in the division and he looks to have found the perfect partner in Lucas Perez with the duo having bagged 13 goals between them so far this term in La Liga. It could be a physical test as much as anything for Los Blancos and it’ll be interesting to see whether Zidane opts to stick with Isco playing in the number ten role in a tweaked formation for this kind of game. The visitors are likely to go with Gareth Bale from the off with Eden Hazard suffering from an ankle problem.
Alaves vs Real Madrid Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-1 Real Madrid
Alaves should not be underestimated and while what they do is quite basic in some respects, they could cause problems in this game with their in-form strikers. However there is a bit more life to this Real Madrid midfield now with Fede Valverde making a real impact and Los Blancos also have plenty of players in form and they should come away with the win.
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Alaves vs Real Madrid H2H
- Last 6 competitive meetings: 5 Real Madrid Wins, 1 Alaves Win.
- That solitary Alaves win came via a 1-0 margin in this game last season.
- Real Madrid had won on their previous 4 visits to this ground.
- They’ve won 10 of their last 11 overall against Alaves in La Liga.
Predicted Line Ups
Pacheco – Martin, Navarro, Ely, Duarte – Vidal, Pina, Wakaso, Burke – Perez, Joselu (4-4-2)
Real Madrid Team:
Courtois – Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo – Valverde, Casemiro, Modric – Isco – Bale, Benzema (4-3-1-2)