Preview - Real Madrid vs Deportivo Alavés 04 February 19

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Match Day 22
Real Madrid vs. Deportivo Alavés
Monday, February 4th 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu

Real Madrid: 
Last five matches form: D L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.62
Average goals against per match: 1.24
Top Scorer: Karim Benzema (9)

Deportivo Alavés:
Last five matches form: W W D L L
Average goals against per match: 1.05
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Jonathan Calleri & Borja Bastón (4)

Having threatened to completely capitulate at times this season, Real Madrid do now seem to have their house back in order and are back up into their customary position inside the top three. With a seven point gap back to fifth, the unthinkable of missing out on the Champion's League will surely now be avoided. It is in fact fifth placed Deportivo Alavés who are next on the agenda for Real, as the relative minnows head to the Santiago Bernabéu on Match Day 22.

Alavés upset Real when winning the reverse of this fixture 1-0 earlier in the season. Real came out comfortably on top when winning this game 4-0 last season.

Real Madrid will be without the suspended duo of Daniel Carvajal and Raphael Varane in addition to the injured Jesús Vallejo. Deportivo Alavés go without Rodrigo Ely and Takashi Inui.

Real have won six of their past eight in La Liga, with the only loss over this period being when surprisingly losing at home to Real Sociedad. They have generally been reliable at the Bernabéu though with seven wins from ten and an impressive seven clean sheets.

Alavés have performed with real credit so far this season overall but have begun to tread water just a little of late with only two wins in their past nine. They have lost six of eleven away overall, scoring more than one goal on only one occasion.

Madrid look to be finding their form in front of goal and should be able to keep things tight enough at the back to pick up the points in this one.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2 - 0 Deportivo Alavés


Half time:  1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  20 - 6
Shots on target: 11 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 2
Possession: 65% - 35%

Three bookings at the Bernabéu, all for the away side, with referee Santiago Jaime Latre taking the names of Victor Laguardia, Burgui and Mubarak Wakaso.

A dominant home display from Real Madrid who keep up their excellent run of form and continue to close in on the top two. Racking up an impressive 20 efforts on goal, this looked to be only a matter of how many they would win by from quite an early stage as Deportivo Alavés struggled to assert themselves on the game.

Madrid's opener came on the half-hour mark. Vinicius Junior playing in Sergio Reguilon down the left and Reguillon sending a low ball across the six-yard box. Karim Benzema on hand to tap in a simple finish. 1-0 at the break.

Despite dominating throughout, it did take Real a while to but this game to bed, with the second goal not arriving until the eightieth minute. Vinicius Junior breaking down the left and finding Marco Asensio on the right with a cross field ball. Asensio's cross back into the area in turn finding the Brazilian youngster around eight yards out to the left-hand side. Composed finish into the bottom right from Vinicius.

The third then followed in the first minute of stoppage time. Isco carving the defence open with a ball through to Aavaro Odriozola on the right. Odriozola's cross being finished with an emphatic diving header from Mariano Diaz. 3-0 final score.

Real Madrid stay third but are now only two points behind second placed Atlético Madrid and eight points adrift of leaders Barcelona. Alavés slip out of the Europa League qualifying positions and into seventh spot.

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