The leaders of La Liga are back in action on Saturday, as they look to bounce back from a draw last weekend and extend their advantage at the top of the standings. Alaves are the visitors to the Bernabeu, as they look for a victory to move within a point of safety.
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Real Madrid’s form has been hit slightly over recent weeks, as they have drawn twice in their previous three fixtures. That has allowed the chasing pack to close the advantage held by Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Sevilla look likely to be their main rivals for the title this term, as they are just four points behind the Spanish giants.
Real Madrid have lost the joint-fewest number of games this season, but the six draws picked up is something that Ancelotti will be slightly concerned about. They were held for the second time in three games last weekend, as they couldn’t break down a resilient Villarreal defence away from home.
Real dominated for large periods of that fixture, and registered 57% of the possession, but were unable to make a breakthrough with their six shots on target.
Alaves remain in a precarious position in La Liga, as they are in the bottom three places. However, they are just four points from safety, and will come into this fixture with some confidence under their belts after picking up a win last weekend, which was their fifth success of the season in Spain.
However, they still need to improve defensively, as they have allowed 39 goals in La Liga this term, which is the second-highest number. Last weekend they picked up a morale-boosting win at home, as they held on to secure a 2-1 victory against Valencia. Joselu scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 76th minute.
Real Madrid vs Alaves Head to Head
The team playing away from home has won this fixture the past three times. Alaves last won in Madrid in November 2020, beating Real 2-1. However, Real have won the last two 4-1, including their victory earlier in the season.
Real Madrid vs Alaves Prediction
Alaves produced one of their performances of the season last time out against Valencia. However, that is unlikely to be enough this weekend, as Real Madrid will be our pick to take the points. It may be a much closer affair than earlier in the season, but a 2-0 win for the hosts would be our pick.
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