Spanish champions Real Madrid will look to continue their recent resurgence in results as they host in-form Alaves at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Zinedine Zidane’s side will be favourites despite taking on an Alaves side who have won seven of their last 11 league matches.
Where and when: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – 24 February, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Real Madrid v Alaves: Sky Sports, William Hill
Last time: Madrid edged out Alaves at Estadio de Mendizorroza back in September. Dani Ceballos netted a first half brace for Los Blancos, with a Manu Garcia goal for the hosts sandwiched inbetween.
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Alaves are a side in form – they have won 13 points from their last six league matches, with the only defeat coming at the Camp Nou in an unfortunate 2-1 loss against Barcelona.
Manager Abelardo Fernandez has transformed the Basque club’s fortunes and they have won a remarkable 22 points from his 11 league games at the helm.
Madrid’s form has improved markedly over the course of the past month, they have gained 16 points from their last six league games and netted an impressive 26 goals in the process.
Zinedine Zidane’s team also defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16 first leg and could yet savour more success this season.
The Spanish and European champions are favourites to win this clash at 2/11, while an unlikely away victory is available at 22/1 with the draw priced at 19/2.
Four of Alaves’s last five games have ended in a 2-1 scoreline and a 2-1 home win is priced at 10/1, while a ‘double chance’ of an away win or draw is available at 11/2.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo has netted 10 goals in his last six matches to take him up to 26 goals for the campaign. He is priced at 1/2 to score anytime in this fixture.
One to watch for Alaves: On loan from Barcelona, Munir El Haddadi would love nothing more than to score at the Bernabeu and he has netted four times in his last six outings. He is available at 15/4 to score anytime here.
Long shot: Real Madrid’s games have been goalfests recently – 43 goals in their last eight games – and if you fancy over 6.5 goals in this game, it is priced at 15/2.