The race in La Liga continues to heat up in Spain. Barcelona did their part to beat Espanyol on Wednesday to draw within a point of Real Madrid. They needed that win against a winnable opponent and got it by the narrowest of margins. There are only three Matchdays left for Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga.
Real Madrid is clear of Barcelona by only a point. They have a record of 23-8-3 and 77 points, while Barca are hanging tough with 23-7-5 and 76 points. In other words, there is no time for Real Madrid to fall asleep at the wheel. They have been regarded as the better of the two clubs since returning, but with a slim advantage on Barca, there isn’t any room for error.
The last time Real Madrid were on the pitch, they were 1-0 winners over a pesky Athletic Bilbao squad on Sunday. Real Madrid has collected 3 points all seven of their matches since returning to action. They are on a nine-match winning streak dating back to March. Their last loss was a 2-1 loss against Manchester City in the first leg of Champions League play on February 26. Ever since losing to Manchester City, Real Madrid has been on another level.
Even though Real Madrid have been red-hot, they have a Barcelona squad on their heels that just won’t die. Lionel Messi and company keep fighting back through it all. Despite getting into some tricky matches and hanging on by a thread in most of their recent matches, Barca just need to overcome a point for the La Liga title.
Alaves will try their best to pull off an upset and help out Barca on Friday. It won’t be easy on the road, but an upset isn’t impossible. If Alaves can muster up a draw out of this match, then Barca will be thankful just for that. A win against Valladolid and Barceloma would have the lead if Real and Alaves draw today. For Alaves to come through in this one, they’ll likely need to get some help from their opponent. If Real takes Alaves lightly today that’s the opening required for an upset. Head below for our free Real Madrid vs. Alaves pick for July 10, 2020 in La Liga.
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What’s Alaves have to do to pull off the upset here? Bringing their ‘A’ game will be required, but that’s likely not the only thing. Real Madrid will have to bring their ‘F’ game on Friday. If this were a meaningless mid-season match months ago I’d probably be more inclined to say that Real Madrid wouldn’t be focused today. However, this is an ultra important match and they have one of the best in the business to fire them up in Zidane.
Alaves had to be hoping that Eden Hazard was going to be absent for Real Madrid today, but it appears that Hazard, the 100 million euros man, will be playing despite discomfort in his ankle. Hazard was absent for wins over Getafe and Athletic Bilbao. Hazard is not going to be at 100 percent, but his presence alone should pose problems for Alaves. The one thing working in Alaves’ favour is the defence of Real Madrid might be vulnerable. Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal are suspended, while Marcelo is out with an injury.
Will Alaves be able to take advantage of those three being absent, though? I have my doubts. Alaves has lost five straight matches, and none of their opponents were as good as Real Madrid. Despite the defence being a concern for Real Madrid, keep in mind that Alavas hasn’t scored a goal in three matches. Their most recent goal was on June 20 against Atletico Madrid. They’ve been in horrific form on the road offensively, with only 0.71 goals scored per match. The defence hasn’t been much better, as Alaves has conceded 2.18 goals per match on the road in La Liga this season. I’m anticipating a 3-0 or 4-1 win in favour of Real Madrid at home on Friday.