The match between “Deportivo Alaves vs Real Madrid” will be played on 15th August 2021, at Estadio de Mendizorroza, Vitoria-Gasteiz. Real Madrid will look to put their poor form behind them on Saturday in La Liga when they travel to Mendizorroza to face high-flying Alaves.
Teams: Deportivo Alaves – Real Madrid
Date: Sunday, 15 August 2021
Venue: Estadio de Mendizorroza, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Deportivo Alaves Preview:
Alaves are in their fifth straight season at this level of football, but it does appear that it will be a struggle for the Basque outfit to retain their status as a top-flight club for the 2021-22 campaign.
Pablo Machin was sacked as head coach earlier this month following a poor run of form, with Abelardo Fernandez now in charge of the club, but the 50-year-old has been unable to oversee a change of fortunes thus far, losing his two games at the helm against Almeria and Sevilla.
El Glorioso have won four, drawn six and lost nine of their 19 league matches this season to sit 17th, just one point clear of 18th-placed Elche, who have two games in hand over the side directly above them.
Real Madrid Preview:
Zinedine Zidane’s side were held to a goalless draw by Osasuna, in their last league game on January 9, though, before suffering two damaging defeats in quick succession. Indeed, Los Blancos lost 2-1 to Athletic Bilbao in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup on January 14 before incredibly going down 2-1 to third-tier side Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Zidane selected a relatively strong XI for the cup match, but a team including the likes of Marcelo, Isco, Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde came up short on the night. Madrid, who will be led by David Bettoni this weekend following Zidane’s positive coronavirus test, will fancy their chances of returning to winning ways in the league, although they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Alaves when the two teams locked horns in the reverse match back in November.
Alavés vs Real Madrid Form Summary:
Alavés won 2 of their last 6 matches, lost 2 matches and 2 matches ended in a draw. Real Madrid won 4 of their last 6 matches, lost 1 match and 1 match ended in a draw.
Alavés vs Real Madrid Head-to-Head:
The last game between Alavés and Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga Season 2020/21 took place in January 2021 and ended with a 1-4 win for Real Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane’s side currently trail in the race for the La Liga title with their local rivals, Atletico Madrid sitting top and four points ahead of the Galacticos. Madrid enter the game looking to put behind them a shock defeat on Wednesday night against third-tier minnows, Alcoyano. Alaves find themselves stuck in a relegation battle with no win in the league since the turn of the year. However, it is worth noting in the earlier meeting between the two sides it was Alaves which secured all three points in a shock 2-1 win at the Bernabeu.
Madrid’s recent struggles has left them without a win in their last three games across all competitions and with the title race swinging in the favour of their city rivals, it is a game which the visitors should only have eyes on all three points. Saturday’s visitors will be looking to capitalise on their hosts’ lack of potency in front of goal with Alaves failing to score more than once in a game since before Christmas.