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Alaves vs Real Madrid: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :December 19, 2023 at 3:13 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:27 AM
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Alaves to meet second-placed Madrid after losing to league leaders

The results of matchday 17 at the Montilivi stadium meant Deportivo Alavés failed to score in their third consecutive LaLiga game. Girona FC won the game 3-0 to put themselves on top of the league standings. Real Madrid who are in second place and just 2 points adrift of Míchel’s men will be the next opponent for Luis García’s side.

Los Blanquiazules won’t be getting much of a breather as Los Blancos are up next on their matchday 18 schedule. Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid comfortably won against Villarreal CF last time out and seems ready to visit the Mendizorroza stadium. Jude Bellingham scored his 13th league goal of the season and stays on top of the league’s goalscorer charts.

Kick-Off:

Thursday, 21 December 2023 at 8:30 PM UK

Friday, 22 December 2023 at 2:00 AM IST

Location: Mendizorroza stadium

Form

⁠Alaves (in all competitions): L-L-W-D-W

Real Madrid (in all competitions): W-W-D-W-W

Players to Watch

Samuel Omorodion (⁠Alaves)

The 19-year-old forward is on loan from Atlético de Madrid. And even at that age, Samuel Omorodion is leading the ⁠Alaves front line for Luis García. In 16 LaLiga appearances, Omorodion has found the back of the net a total of 5 times.

Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid)

The Englishman is probably having the best period of his lifetime up to now. After moving to Spain this summer and giving up Bundesliga football, the attacking midfielder has been on fire. In 15 Spanish league games, Bellingham has 13 goals. While in Germany it took him 92 games to get just 12 goals.

Match Facts

  • The visitors have a superior average of goals scored per league match (Real Madrid – 2.2 goals, Alaves – 0.8 goals)
  • The hosts have conceded the highest number of penalties this season having awarded 6 already
  • Ancelotti’s men have kept the most clean sheets in the Spanish top tier (8 clean sheets)

Injury & Team News

Deportivo Alavés head coach Luis García was in the stands last game due to suspension based on yellow cards. He will be back in the touchline against Madrid. García has no fresh injury concerns apart from two long-term ones. On-loan forward Giuliano Simeone is still recovering from a broken ankle. Centre back Aleksandar Sedlar’s reported return is July 2024 as he is recovering from a ligament injury.

Carlo Ancelotti’s hands were already tied with players down to injuries. Now after the Villarreal game, two more players have joined the lengthy injury list. David Alaba tore his ACL while Ferland Mendy is also out. The list already had – Vinicius Junior, Eduardo Camavinga, Éder Militao, Daniel Carvajal, Arda Güler and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Head to Head

Total Matches – 12

⁠Alaves wins – 2

Real Madrid wins – 10

Draws – 0

Predicted Lineup

⁠Alaves predicted lineup (3-4-3):

Sivera (GK); Tenaglia, Marin, Duarte; Gorosabel, Blanco, Guevara, Lopez; Guridi, Omorodion, Rioja

Real Madrid predicted lineup (4-4-2):

Lunin (GK); Vazquez, Rudiger, Nacho, García; Modric, Valverde, Kroos, Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo

Match Prediction for ⁠Alaves vs Real Madrid

Deportivo Alavés don’t even have the time to comprehend the 3-0 loss to league leaders Girona. As now second-placed Real Madrid is lurking for a matchday 18 contest. Although two more players have fallen for injuries, Ancelotti and Co still have a group that can do the winning business out in Mendizorroza stadium.

Prediction: ⁠Alaves 0-2 Real Madrid

Telecast for ⁠Alaves vs Real Madrid

India – JioCinema, Sports 18

UK – Viaplay, LaLigaTV

US –  ESPN+, ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Nigeria – SuperSport 7, Canal +Sport

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