Tip Alavés - Real Madrid
After a couple of surprise defeats in cup games, second placed Real Madrid return to La Liga action. They travel to Alaves who are 17th and it's a game neither side can afford to lose. Real Madrid could be seven points behind Atletico Madrid if the latter win at Eibar on Thursday evening. Even worse, the league leaders would still have a game in hand on Real Madrid and they still have to play them away in March. Real just can't afford any slip-ups for the rest of the season, with Atletico showing no sign of a collapse. They are unbeaten in their last eight league games, though two of the last three have seen them draw. If they want to win the title, then they just cannot afford to draw with teams like Eibar and Osasuna. Real will remember their last league defeat, it was at home to Alaves on home soil at the end of November. Revenge will definitely be on their minds in this game. Away league form has seen them win only two of the last six played with three draws and a loss to Valencia.
Alaves may have beaten Real Madrid in November but they are in relegation trouble. They are just a place and a point above the relegation zone but have played two games more than Elche (who host Barcelona this weekend). That gap will narrow even further if Osasuna can win at Valencia on Thursday to draw level on points with them. Alaves have played five league and cup games this year but won only one of them. That was over Deportivo La Coruna in the Copah del Rey. Their cup run ended in disaster though with a 5-0 thrashing at Almeria. In La Liga, Alaves have earned just five points from eight games since winning at Real. Each of the last three have been lost with seven goals conceded. Home form in La Liga has seen Alaves win two out of ten but only scoring eight goals. Only one of the last seven have been won with the last two lost. Go for Real to get a valuable away win here.
Key points Alavés - Real Madrid
Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last eight league games.
Real Madrid have won five of their last six league visits to Alaves.
Alaves have only won two home league games this season and lost the last two.
Conclusion Alavés - Real Madrid
Real Madrid's next three away league games are all against sides in the bottom five. They need to win all three before their next away match at league leaders Atletico Madrid. They have the best away record in La Liga with 19 points but have had four costly draws and a loss to Valencia. Alaves are in poor form going into this match with two straight home losses. They certainly aren't in the form that saw them win in Madrid last November. A bet on Real to win is the suggested one to make.
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Alavés Real Madrid Prediction published on January 21, 2021