Real Madrid can extended their lead at top of the table to 5 points for atleast a few hours when they take on Deportivo Alaves on Sunday, 02 April 2017 at Santiago Bernabue. Real Madrid will have all their major players back from international duty injury free and Karim Benzema, Ronaldo and James Rodriguez are expected to start upfront.
Real Madrid 3-0 Alaves Highlights:
[ Spanish La Liga 2017 Match ]
31′ 1 – 0 Karim Benzema
85′ 2 – 0 Isco
88′ 3 – 0 Nacho Fernandez
Crucial weekend in the La Liga title race as Real Madrid host Alaves while Barcelona take on Granada both at home. Madrid can put pressure on title rivals with a win earlier in the day and go 5 points clear at top of the table for alteast a few hours. While Barcelona must win their game regardless of Madrid result to keep in the title race.
Deportivo Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid – 29 October 2016
[ Spanish La Liga 2016-17 Match ]
07′ 1 – 0 Deyverson put Alaves in lead early in first half with an nicely taken goal but that only woke up Real Madrid as they turn things around in first half.
17′ 1 – 1 Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal of the game and put Real Madrid back into the game.
33′ 1 – 2 Cristiano Ronaldo was it again just after the half hour mark as turnaround was completed as Madrid lead 2-1 going into the break.
Team News & Lineups: Madrid will still be without several key players including the likes of Luka Modric, Casemiro, Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal who are all out because of their respective injuries. Zidane’s however has decision to make whether to start with Benzema upfront or Alvaro Morata who has scored in both of their last two games. While James Rodriguez and Isco are likely to fight it out for one place in midfield. Ronaldo, Bale should start upfront alongside either Benzema or Morata while Kroos and Kovacic to keep their places in midfield.
Predictions: Not much is expected for Alaves who has only won once at home this season in the league while Real Madrid has won three of the four away games so far. Its an uphill task for Alaves to get something out of this match while Madrid will be favourite to make it 23 matches without a defeat. I am going with a comfortable 3-0 win for Real Madrid in this one.