Place: Estadio de Mendizorroza. Vitoria-Gasteiz
Date: on the 06th of October, 2018 (Saturday)
Match start: 17:30 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Spain – Primera – Round 8.
Having returned to elite of the Spanish football Alaves has immediately declared to be strong and ambitious football club which needs to be respected. The start of the current season for Alaves was extremely successful as Abelardo’s team takes the sixth place in standings, having gained 11 points. The main task for Alaves is to keep the position in the middle of standings as self0discipline is the only force of this team and here its squad potential doesn’t allow us to think about anything else for this season.
The management of Alaves has allocated solid finance for strengthening of the team as by the standards of this club (about €8.5 million). As a result, the squad of Alaves has been strengthened by such football players as Ximo Navarro, Marin, Pina, Twumasi, Guidetti. The club has worked also as a loaned player, having signed one year agreements with Baston, Calleri, Jonny and Brašanac.
The Spanish grandee is undergoing the changes with some difficulties. The start of the championship for Julen Lopetegui’s team was quite good and then serious problems occurred– defeat to Sevilla, draws in matches with Athletic and Atletico and also defeat to CSKA in the Champions League. Real is in a fever and the dangerous moments are created by team not so easily as it was at the beginning of the season. Lopetegui needs urgently to take measures for stabilization of the game of his football players, otherwise it will be difficult to Real to compete with numerous rivals.
We won’t forget also that many predicted to this team a failure after Ronaldo and Zidane’s leaving as these changes demand serious work and, of course, time for implementation of the project. We don’t know exactly who will become the leader of the team. Not absolutely it is clear which of players will undertake leadership skills. Now Asensio and Bale are the most possible options to this role. Potentially, Modrić and Isco who don’t demonstrate the best football on the start of a season have to become team leaders and the Spaniard is injured.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Alaves vs. Real Madrid
The favorite of the match, that is natural, is Real which victory is estimated for 1.43. Bookmakers estimate a draw for 5.05 and a victory of Alaves for 8.00. Real’s advantage, according to quotations, is just huge. Classical total betting on a match is as follow: total over 2.5 for 1.50, total under 2.5 for 2.52.
Yes, Real is a big favorite on paper, if to judge by the general potential and the force of the team. But, at this stage the Royal club is not in its perfect form and we shouldn’t wait for an easy victory of Real.