Real Madrid vs Alaves predictions, H2H and match preview for this Friday’s game in LaLiga. Read on for analysis, free betting tips and predicted line-up as Los Blancos look to close in on the title.
by Mark Sochon (@marksoc1)
Real Madrid vs Alaves Preview
Real Madrid can take another big step towards clinching the 2019/20 LaLiga title on Friday night when they entertain Alaves at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. The visitors are under new management with Juan Muñiz appointed on what is effectively a two week contract following the sacking of Asier Garitano.
Zinedine Zidane’s side still have a 100% record since the restart and they continue to churn out the narrow victories. The latest two have both come via 1-0 margins, both courtesy of Sergio Ramos penalties. This may not be the most swashbuckling Real Madrid side we’ve ever seen but they have developed into a very effective outfit with no major flaws or weak spots that opposing teams can easily exploit.
The same cannot be said of Alaves. They have got significant problems at both ends of the pitch right now. They head into this game following five straight defeats, a sequence which led to the sacking of Asier Garitano. The new man is Juan Muñiz, best known for having coached Malaga on three separate occasions and this feels a bit like an audition for him as he seeks to get Alaves over the line and secure their safety.
Much will depend on the results of the teams below them in truth. It could be that Alaves already have enough points to stay up but they don’t really look like a side that is about to add to their tally of 35 points and almost certainly not in this match.
If there is a glimmer of hope for Alaves, it comes in the form of suspensions for Dani Carvajal and in particular Sergio Ramos, who is in fact the top scorer in LaLiga since the restart. Eden Hazard is also carrying an ankle knock and is unlikely to be risked.
We could see a few changes from the visitors with a new man at the helm but it seems unlikely that they will shift away from a 4-4-2 given how successful the Joselu-Lucas Perez pairing has been up top for most of the campaign.
Real Madrid vs Alaves Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-0 Real Madrid
The absence of Ramos, who has been colossal for Real Madrid over the past month, is unquestionably a blow and in a tougher game could have been a significant one. However Alaves really have looked poor in recent games and it’s a big ask for the new man to come in and instantly shake up a team that has only scored once in their last five games, conceding 12. Los Blancos should claim a relatively routine win.
Real Madrid vs Alaves Betting Tips (18+)
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Real Madrid vs Alaves H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 5 Real Madrid Wins, 1 Alaves Win.
- Real Madrid won 2-1 in Vitoria earlier this term.
- Los Blancos have won 11 of the last 12 meetings in all competitions.
- The exception was a 1-0 Alaves win in the Basque Country last term.
Predicted Line Ups
Real Madrid Team:
Courtois – Marcelo, Militao, Varane, Mendy – Modric, Casemiro, Kroos – Isco – Benzema, Vinicius (4-3-1-2)
Roberto – Marin, Laguardia, Magallan, Aguirregabiria – Mendez, Pina, Camarasa, Vidal – Joselu, Perez (4-4-2)
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