Real Madrid will be hoping to take a step closer to winning the LaLiga title tonight as they play host to Deportivo Alaves.
With Barcelona cutting Real’s lead to just one point after their hard-earned lone goal victory over Espanyol, Zinedine Zidane’s men are condemned to win tonight if they are to stay in control of their title charge.
Though Alaves have been far from been spectacular ever since the return of the league, there is a call for concern for Madrid also as they are quite depleted at the back.
The host would be missing key defenders like Sergio Ramos, Carvajal and Marcelo, which means that their defensive line could have some problems and maybe breached by their unpredictable opponents.
In this light, Coach Zidane may opt to deploy a 4-4-2 formation to have more protection defensively.
The good news is that Eden Hazard is back for Madrid and appears ready to start.
Considering how the Belgian has been a perfect partner for Benzema in a two-man offense, it’s likely that the former Chelsea star makes the starting lineup against Alaves tonight
Lucas Perez and Joselu are the highest scorers for Alaves this season, with 11 and 10 goals, respectively. Aleix Vidal is third, with two.
In the last ten games between Real Madrid and Deportivo Alaves, the former has won nine times, with the latter prevailing just once.
Zinedine Zidane and Juan Ramon Muniz have met twice before and both games have ended in a draw.
The last time Alaves an away game won against Real Madrid was in May 2000, when they were able to register a 1-0 win and finished the season just one point below Los Blancos in sixth.
There have been three or more goals scored in a game nine out of the last ten times these two sides have met.
Possible Line Ups
Real Madrid predicted XI: Courtois, Lucas Vazquez, Varane, Militao, Mendy, Casemiro, Valverde, Kroos, Modric, Hazard, Benzema.
Alaves predicted XI: Jimenez, Navarro, Magallan, Laguardia, Marin, Vidal, Camarasa, Pina, Rioja, Perez, Joselu.
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Real Madrid 3-1 Deportivo Alaves