Alaves vs. Real Madrid Preview - Prediction, Team news, Lineups

Alaves vs. Real Madrid Preview – Prediction, Team news, Lineups

After Alaves suffered a defeat against La Liga leaders Girona, Real Madrid aims to extend their dominance when they face Los Blanquiazules at Mendizorroza on Thursday.

A victory for Los Blancos could propel them back to the summit, while Alaves seeks to move clear of the relegation zone.

Match Preview:

Since a 3-1 win over Granada in November, Alaves has struggled in December, securing only one point in three La Liga games.

Their recent 3-0 loss to Girona prompted coach Luis Garcia to label it their “worst game of the year.” Alaves sits 13th in the standings, just three points clear of the relegation zone.

Despite their recent setbacks, Alaves finds comfort at Mendizorroza, where they’ve earned 13 of their 16 points this season.

However, facing Real Madrid poses a significant challenge, as they have a history of struggles against the Spanish giants.

Real Madrid enters the clash in high spirits after a 4-1 victory over Villarreal, extending their unbeaten run at the Santiago Bernabeu to 19 games.

With a record of 13 wins, three draws, and one loss in La Liga, Carlo Ancelotti’s side is poised for success, despite missing key players due to injuries.

Real Madrid’s away form has been formidable, with 20 points earned, second only to Girona. They have a strong record at Mendizorroza, winning seven of their last eight top-flight visits.

Team News:

Alaves will miss Aleksandar Sedlar and Giuliano Simeone due to ACL and ankle injuries, respectively. Abdel Abqar returns from suspension, potentially replacing Nahuel Tenaglia.

Alaves may deploy a back three, with experienced Kike Garcia aiming for an attacking role.

Real Madrid faces injury concerns, with David Alaba out for the season and several other players sidelined.

Ferland Mendy is doubtful, allowing Fran Garcia to deputize at left-back. Former Alaves striker Joselu and Rodrygo could feature in the attack.

Possible Starting Lineups:

Alaves: (3-4-3)

Sivera;

Abqar, Marin, Duarte;

Gorosabel, Guevara, Blanco, Lopez;

Sola, Omorodion, Rioja

Real Madrid:  (4-3-1-2)

Kepa;

Vazquez, Rudiger, Nacho, Garcia;

Valverde, Kroos, Modric;

Bellingham;

Diaz, Rodrygo

Prediction: Alaves 0-2 Real Madrid

Alaves seeks improvement, but stifling Real Madrid’s prowess is a daunting task. Motivated by a potential top-of-the-table finish in 2024, Real Madrid aims for victory.

Expect Los Blancos to secure maximum points at Mendizorroza, continuing their successful run against Alaves.

In this La Liga encounter, Real Madrid eyes the summit, while Alaves faces a challenging test to secure crucial points in the relegation battle.

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