Real Madrid will be looking to record only their second La Liga victory in five attempts but face a tricky test away to in-form Alaves. The hosts have 11 points from their opening seven games and would go above their opponents with a surprise victory.
Where and when: Estadio de Mendizorroza, Vitoria-Gasteiz – 6 October, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Alaves vs. Real Madrid: Eleven Sports, William Hill
Last time: Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Real Madrid to a 4-0 triumph over Alaves back in February in Madrid. The last meeting in Vitoria-Gasteiz, last September, brought an edgy 2-1 win for Madrid thanks to a Dani Ceballos double.
|Under 2.5 goals||6/4||Offer|
|Alaves ‘double chance’||11/5||Offer|
|Real Madrid half time/full time||16/19||Offer|
Alaves vs. Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid are looking to bounce back from a 3-0 loss at Sevilla and scoreless draw at home to Atletico Madrid in the capital derby.
Such stumbles mean Julen Lopetegui’s side have failed to take advantage of similar slip ups by Barcelona and remain second in the standings on goal difference.
Alaves continue to fly high in the standings despite a 2-1 reverse at Levante on Sunday, they sit sixth in the league standings and just three points from the top.
The away side are strong favourites to win this encounter at odds of 4/11, with Alaves priced at 7/1 and the draw available at 17/4.
This is like to be a closely-fought and low-scoring encounter so with this in mind, Under 2.5 goals at 6/4 appears to offer value, with Under 1.5 goals at 15/4.
A ‘double chance’ on Alaves to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 11/5 while a Real Madrid win/draw outcome is at 1/14.
If you fancy the away side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 16/19 – as has been the case in each of the last five meetings between the two.
One to watch for Alaves: Jonathan Calleri has already netted twice in just three starts for Alaves, having hit nine La Liga goals last season for relegated Las Palmas.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Gareth Bale has scored ten goals in his last 12 appearances for Madrid as he aims to take over the scoring mantle from Cristiano Ronaldo and will look to recover from a muscular strain to feature here.
Long shot: Alaves have conceded just five goals in their last six games, while Madrid have not found the net in two games. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are available at 22/1.