Real Madrid will face Deportivo Alaves in La Liga as the league leader look to extend its lead at the top of the table.
On Wednesday night, Real Madrid thrashed a lowly ranked team, Cultural Leonesa, 7-1, with Marco Asensio and Alvaro Morata being among the goal scorers for Real.
Athletic Bilbao was the last team Real Madrid faced in the league, and the Madrid side won that game thanks to a late goal from Alvaro Morata. The game was far from easy for Los Blancos, as it struggled to find a way through a resolute Athletic defense.
In that game, Karim Benzema scored the opening for Real in the 7th minute, but around the half-hour mark, Merino Zuloaga netted a wonderful team goal to bring parity in the scoreline.
Real was looking for inspiration towards the talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Portuguese star was well below his best on the night and could not inject life into the flat Real attack.
But just seven minutes from the normal time, Alvaro Morata, who, despite coming as a substitute, converted Gareth Bale’s cross into the back of the net and won the game for his side.
Zinedine Zidane’s team has struggled heavily this season, and the Frenchman soon had to figure out the solutions for the difficulties of his team if Real Madrid wants to challenge for major honors this season.
Date, Kick-Off Time, And Venue
The game will take place on October 29 at Estadio de Mendizorroza. The kick-off times for various time zones are provided below.
- U.K. time: 3:15 p.m
- U.S.A. time: 10:15 a.m.
- Pacific time: 7:15 a.m.
- Kenyan time: 5:15 p.m.
- UAE time: 6:15 p.m.
- Indian time: 7:45 p.m.
- Malaysia time: 10:15 p.m.
Real Madrid: Team News
Madrid has been missing many key players due to injuries in recent games, and that is not going to change against Alaves. Luka Modric will be missed due to a knee injury, and so will Skipper Sergio Ramos.
Casimiro was expected to be available for Real after a recent international break, but even after one week after the break, the midfielder has not returned to the squad.
Ronaldo, who was nominated this week for Ballon d’Or 2016 along with Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, and Luka Modric, is not scoring these days as he used to do. In some recent games, Real Madrid fans even whistled his performance, a notion Zidane is still baffled about.
Zidane said, per Times Live, “I don’t understand the jeers, but at the same time I was also jeered and it can happen.”
“The public demands a lot from the players and the Bernabeu is special. Cristiano knows that and is not concerned by it.
“Of course, I prefer if he scores two or three goals per game. But I’m not worried because I know it will happen.
“He is not making his chances now but he will, soon he will do so and with calmness.”
Meanwhile, youngster Lucas Vazquez has signed a new long-term deal to stay with the club.
Real Madrid Predicted Line-Up vs Alaves (4-2-3-1):
Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Kovacic; Isco, Bale, Ronaldo; Benzema
Alaves: Team News
For Alaves, Ibai Gomez will miss the visit of Real due to a hamstring injury. The rest of the Alaves team is fit to face Madrid.
Alaves Predicted Line-Up vs Real (4-5-1)
Fernando Pacheco; Vigaray, Laguardia, Feddal, Raul Garcia; Torres, Mendez, Camarasa, Llorente, Katai; Deyverson
TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.S., the game will be live on beIN SPORTS USA, beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A., beIN SPORTS en Espanyol, and fuboTV. In the U.K., the match will not be live on TV. You can watch the game at the live stream link provided at the end of this article.
Alaves vs. Real Madrid: Head-to-Head (H2H)
Real Madrid win: 9
Alaves win: 1
Last match: In 2005/2006 season, won 3-0 by Real.
Alaves vs. Real Madrid: Prediction
Real Madrid is overwhelming favorite to win this game. Although the Madrid side is not operating at a full-flow at the moment, it still outclasses Alaves in quality. Alaves’ performances in recent games suggest that we may witness a rout on Saturday.
Final Predicted Score: Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid
Alaves vs. Real Madrid: Betting Tips and Odds
- Alaves win: 13/1
- A draw: 11/2
- Real Madrid win: 1/5
- Under 2.5 goals: 13/8
- Over 2.5 goals: 4/9
- Both teams to score: evens
- Both teams fail to score: 8/11
The odds were provided by Paddypower.
Key Stats to consider
- Alaves has lost two of its last three games.
- Real Madrid has won back-to-back three games after the international break.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has had worst start to his Madrid career, despite scoring 4 goals in nine games this season.
- Deportivo’s last clean sheep came five games ago, in a 0-0 draw.
- Real Madrid has failed to keep a clean sheet in last seven games in all competitions.
- Despite this, Real Madrid is yet to taste a defeat this season.
Alaves vs. Real Madrid: Live Stream Online
The match can be watched live streaming online in the link here. The link will be updated just before kick-off.
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