Santiago Bernabeu will entertain the match between Real Madrid and Deportivo Alaves on Saturday, 18th of February. The match-day 25 clash between the two clubs is set to kick-off at 15:15 GMT and Javier Estrada will be the referee for this clash.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid finally look like the team they used to be. The ruthless attacking display and an overall dominant play on the pitch is what fans expect, and that’s exactly what the football world have witnessed these past couples of weeks.
Los Blancos are playing some excellent football at the moment and now find themselves enjoying a run of six games unbeaten in all competitions. They have blown away almost every team they have faced, netting 25 goals in the process. Even the mighty PSG had to suffer a loss against the reigning Spanish and European Champions.
Their last match was against Leganes in La Liga during the midweek. The stress of playing four games in the space of fifteen days didn’t matter as they cruised to a 3-1 win on the road. Cristiano Ronaldo was given rest for the match as Zidane wanted the Portuguese to take a breather. The five-time Balon d’Or winner’s absence rarely was missed as Lucas Vasquez, Casemiro and Sergio Ramos’s goals secured all three points which sees them jump to third in the table.
Deportivo Alaves themselves are in a purple patch as El Glorioso registered their third straight win after the victory against relegation-threatened Deportivo La Coruna. Munir, a former Catalunya man, scored the only goal of the game in the sixty-first minute and the game ended 1-0.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) February 24, 2018
The win for the Blue and the Whites puts them at 28 points for the season in twenty-four games played so far. They currently sit in the fifteenth position in the league. With no other competitions left for them to fight for, they should focus all their strength and energy in pursuit of yet another year in the Spanish first division.
Abelardo’s men have a horrid record on the road only managing a total of three wins this season. They have let in eleven goals on the way, finding the back of the net just nine times.
The Santiago Bernabeu used to be a fortress for Los Blancos, but this season, they have already lost three of their twelve games at the stadium. However, their record is still to be feared as they have scored at a rate of 2.6 goals per game at home.
Head To Head
The last fifteen meetings between the two clubs haven’t seen much upsets as the minnows Alaves have only won once against Real Madrid which was back in the 2000-2001 season.
The previous clash between the two sides was earlier this season in the league in which the team from the capital that to battle in hard to secure all three points. Two goals from Dani Ceballos sealed a 2-1 win for Los Blancos.
Players to Watch
The thirty-three-year-old Portuguese captain is enjoying an excellent run of form right now. The number seven has been involved in twelve goals in his last six matches ( 10 goals and two assists ).
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— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) February 18, 2018
For many the best player in the world, Ronaldo has transformed himself into an out-and-out striker. After a slow start to the season, he has finally started to sparkle when the team needs him the most.
The twenty-eight-year-old attacking midfielder has been the pick of the bunch this season from an under-performing Alaves team. The Spaniard has been directly involved in nine goals in twenty-one games so far this season from midfield. He has netted five goals and four assists.
Los Blancos have some crucial players missing for the match due to injury and suspensions. Toni Kroos picked up a Ligament injury after the clash against PSG while Luca Modric is out due to muscle injury.
Marcelo has also been sidelined because of muscle problems while Sergio Ramos will sit out with another suspension to his name.
Alaves will be without left-back Hector Hernandez because of malleolar injury. Left winger Burgui has a tear in the abductor’s muscle which means this will be his tenth match out of the first team.
Loanee Munir El Haddadi is also suspended for the match having picked up five yellow cards for the season.
Real Madrid vs Alaves Line Up ( Predicted XI)
Real Madrid Line Up(4-3-3)
Carvajal (RB) – Nacho (CB) – Varane (CB) – Hernandez (LB)
Kovacic (CM) – Casemiro (CDM) – Isco (CM)
Alaves Line Up(4-4-2)
Ruano (RB) – Ely (CB) – Laguardia (CB) – Duarte (LB)
Gomez (LM) – Garcia (CM) – Pina (CM) – Pedraza (RM)
Real Madrid vs Alaves Prediction
Real Madrid with their excellent form should steer pass Alaves, but with the injuries and a tendency, this season to slip up, the tie might not be as easy as expected. Real Madrid can’t afford to drop points from now onward if they are to at least finish second in the table.
Our Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 Alaves