Real Madrid vs Alaves
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 3 February 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid).
It’s been a roller-coaster campaign for Real Madrid so far in the season, but they look to have finally caught the wanted rhythm.
The league deficit to table-toppers Barcelona is still quite big (10 points), but Los Blancos still have theoretical chances of getting involved in the title race after a thread of three successive league wins.
Santiago Solari can be particularly satisfied with his troop’s attacking form. Madrid notched four goals in back-to-back wins over Girona (4-2 in Copa del Rey) and Espanyol (2-4 in La Liga). The good news is Gareth Bale’s return after the injury.
The Welsh superstar came on as a sub and needed just three minutes on the pitch to score a goal in the 2-4 drubbing of the Budgerigars seven days ago away at RCDE Stadium.
Karim Benzema completed a brace on the occasion and he will also be looking to back up such showing with another pair of goals against out-of-form Alaves.
We have to say the hosts will be without center-back Raphael Varane who was sent off last weekend at RCDE Stadium.
Real Madrid vs Alaves: Head-to-head
Real Madrid completely dominated this match-up over the course of history.
However, Alaves picked up a 1-0 victory in the previous clash against Madrid back in October last year at Estadio de Mendizorroza.
Los Blancos were previously on a nine-win streak in matches against Babazorros.
Madrid won seven of eight H2H games with Alaves at Santiago Bernabeu, each of last six by at least two goals difference.
Real Madrid vs Alaves: Prediction
Alaves still sit sky-high 5th in the league ladder, but they began to lose grip in recent weeks. Babazorros claimed only one point in past three league matches. They failed to find the back of the net in consecutive defeats to Getafe (4-0) and Rayo Vallecano (0-1).
It’s certainly not the kind of form you want to have coming face to face with the current Champions League holders. Everything points out to a one-sided contest for the hosts on Sunday evening at Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid vs Alaves: Bet Tips
HT/FT Real Madrid/Real Madrid @ 1.66 (4/6)
Real Madrid -1.5 handicap @ 1.66 (4/6).