ALA vs RM Dream11: Real Madrid hit the road this weekend for a matchup in La Liga as they take on Deportivo Alaves at Mendizorroza Stadium, on Saturday evening. Madrid are level on points with reigning champions Barcelona but sit second on the table due to an inferior goal difference. With Barca playing late on Sunday in a tough away fixture against Atletico Madrid, there is a clear opportunity for the Los Blancos to end the weekend at the top of the table.
Deportivo Alaves, meanwhile, have five wins, three draws and six defeats from the first 14 games. They are 13th on the points table heading into this game, with six points separating them from the points table.
Alaves racked up 50 points last season and were never in trouble. That's a good return for a team which got promoted to first-tier only three seasons ago. With 18 points in the kitty from the frist 14 games, they have a decent return in the early going, but more impressive is that they come into this game on the back of two consecutive wins – 3-0 at home against Real Valladolid and 0-2 away at Eibar last weekend.
Real Madrid have certainly arrested he bad form which marred their progress early in the season. They have suffered only one defeat in the league, and even that result was an anomaly of sorts as it came against RCD Mallorca. The Los Blancos have three wins in the last four league games, beating Leganes, Eibar and Real Sociedad during that run.
Host: Deportivo Alaves
Visitors: Real Madrid
Competition: La Liga
Match Venue: Balaídos, in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
Match Timing: Saturday 30, @05:30 PM
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First, it's worth considering that Deportivo Alaves have lost just once at home this season, while Madrid have a 50% winning return on the road. Also, Alaves have conceded only two goals at home in seven league games. So it's going to be a very tight game. But the betting trends indicate towards a win for the Los Blancos.
Here are the odds:
Deportivo Alaves to win: 6.00 (5/1), Probability to happen: 16.67%
Real Madrid to win: 1.53 (53/100), Probability to happen: 65.36%
Draw: 4.33 (333/100), Probability to happen: 23.09%
Deportivo Alaves team news: Defensive midfielder Dani Torres is a doubt for the game due to an ankle injury. No other injury concerns for the hosts.
Victor Laguardia is back from suspension and should walk straight into the playing 11, replacing Ximo Navarro in the playing 11.
Alaves receive another boost as midfielder Manu Garcia is back from serving a suspension in the last game and should start the game.
Real Madrid team news: Belgian superstar Eden Hazard was forced off in the second half Champions League group game against PSG in what was perceived as a serious leg injury, but Madrid later allayed the fears after labelling the injury only a “Bruised leg”.
“After the tests carried out today on our player Eden Hazard by the Real Madrid medical services, he has been diagnosed with an external bruise on his right leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed,” Madrid released the statement.
The 28-year-old will certainly miss the trip to ALaves, joining the likes of Marco Asensio, James Rodriguez and Lucas Vazquez on Madrid's injury list.
Centre-back Raphael Varane picked up a knock in the same game in midweek and will be monitored before the game.
Hazard's absence should open the door for Vinicius Jr., at least on Madrid's squad for this particular game. Zinedine Zidane has been reluctant somewhat in selecting the young Brazil star but that scenario could change here.
But we don't expect Vinicius to start this game, due to Gareth Bale. The Welshman is certainly going to leave Madrid in winter or in summer next year, but for the time being, he remains a Madridistas and we back him to start the game against Alaves.
Raphael Varane may not be risked in this game, so expect Eder Militao to partner Sergio Ramos at the back, with Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy on each flank. Midfield should be same from the last game.
Deportivo Alaves: Fernando Pacheco (GK), Ruben Duarte, Navarro / Rodrigo Ely, Laguardia, Aguirregabiria, Rioja, Pina, Garcia, Vidal, Joselu, Perez
Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois (GK), Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Rodrygo, Benzema, Bale
Goalkeeper: F Pacheco
Defenders: V Laguardia, S Ramos, D Carvajal
Midfielders: A Vidal, T Pina, G Bale, Isco, Kroos
Strikers: L Perez (VC), Benzema (C)
Real Madrid have an almost flawless record against Deportivo Alaves in the last few years. They are averaging more than 3 goals per game in the last 11 league games and the Los Blancos are favourite yet again to win this game.