Preview - Real Madrid vs Alaves 24 Feb

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Match Day 25
Real Madrid vs Alaves
Saturday, February 24th, 2018
23:15 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid:
Last five matches: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.4
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (12)
   
Alaves: 
Last five matches: W W W L W
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Munir El Haddadi (6)

After struggling in La Liga for the first half of the season Real Madrid seem to have finally found their form--this is definitely a terrible sign for Alaves, their rivals this weekend. Los Blancos' 3-1 win versus Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League 10 days ago breathed new life into them. Since drawing 2-2 against Levante, Real Madrid have won four games straight and scored at least three goals in all of them.

Zinedine Zidane's men played Leganes in midweek, a game that was moved from December because of Real's participation in the Club World Cup. Zidane made plenty of rotations and even left out Cristiano Ronaldo in that victory, meaning that the Portuguese star will be rested and ready to go against Alaves. Madrid's second unit, which played an important role in last season's title runs, is finally seeming to click with Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio making key contributions recently.

Alaves, to their standards, are having a solid season. A rocky commence to the league left many believing they would be playing second division football next year but they have recovered in the new year. Like Real Madrid, Alaves have won four of their last five matches. The Basque club are a comfortable ten points above the relegation zone. Coach Abelardo Fernandez may have his sights set on their clash against Levante in midweek though. Abelardo could choose to rotate players in this game, as a win against Levante will further cement their permanence in the top flight for 2018-2019.

Prediction: Real Madrid 4-0 Alaves

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Half Time: 1:0
Full Time: 4:0
Shots: 24:10
Shots on target: 12:5
Corner Kicks: 9:5
Possession: 65:35

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace as Real Madrid routed Alaves 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It seemed that the two sides would go into the locker rooms tied 0-0 at halftime until Lucas Vazquez played Karim Benzema in the box. The Frenchman showed good skill with a first time back heel pass to Ronaldo, who spun and drilled a left footed shot to the bottom corner of the net.

Coach Abelardo Fernandez has done a great job with Alaves since taking over in December. Abelardo inherited a team that was in the relegation zone--six points away from safety--and now has them ten points above the drop zone. However, he wishes he could have this game back. A mistake by Ruben Duarte allowed Benzema to strip him and race towards goal. Unselfishly, he played the ball to Gareth Bale, who slotted the ball into the back of the net. Many people in Madrid are pegging the Welshman to leave in the summer after his subpar performances this season; they can't complain about his play today though, as he was very active and involved in all of Madrid's serious attacks.

In the 61st minute Vazquez received a pass from Bale and played in Ronaldo. The Portuguese star calmly placed the ball past goalkeeper Pacheco and made it 3-0.

When Bale was fouled in the area the entire Santiago Bernabeu thought Ronaldo would get his hat trick from the penalty spot. However, Cristiano let Benzema take the kick. Benzema finished the spot kick to the right of Pacheco and got a well deserved goal.

Real Madrid have now totaled 18 points from their last 7 matches as they look to make a run at second place in La Liga.

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