Prediction: Real Madrid 2-0 Alaves
Real Madrid vs Alaves. A formidable match, pure muscle in the Bernabeu. Date: Sunday, April 2. Time: 3:15 p.m. (BST), 10:15 a.m. (ET). TV Info: Sky Sports (UK), beIN Sports (U.S.). Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), beIN Sports Connect (U.S.).
Real Madrid have scored in their last 49 games. “Bayern Munich’s record of 61 is still some way off”, AS newspaper reported today.
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“Zidane’s side’s last 49 games have seen them score in LaLiga, the Champions League, the Copa del Rey, the European Super Cup and the Club World Championships and reaching the milestone of half a century is expected by most, against a side that is sitting mid-table. Manager Lucas Alcaraz, though, will not be making it easy for the home side with a win in Camp Nou and a draw at the Calderón already under Alavés’ belt this season” (Agustín Martín. AS).
“Having not lost a league game at the Bernabeu for over a year, Madrid will be firm favourites to beat mid-table Alaves. However, Zidane is treating the Copa del Rey finalists – who have lost just three times in 24 league and cup matches – with the utmost respect. He said: They’ve drawn at the Vicente Calderon and won at the Nou Camp [this season]. We know they are a difficult opponent” (Sky Sports).
“Sergio Ramos will not be selected by Real Madrid for their home match against Alaves on Sunday, Zinedine Zidane confirmed as his team prepares for the Liga run-in. Ramos played twice for Spain during the international break and Zidane’s squad rotation continues with league leaders Real Madrid facing nine fixtures during a busy April. Barcelona have announced Gerard Pique will not face Granada on Sunday and the centre-back’s international partner Ramos is also being given the weekend off” (Jamie Smith. Goal).