Alaves vs Real Madrid – Estadio Mendizorrotza – Saturday 6th October – Kick off 5:30pm UK time
Julen Lopetegui takes his Real Madrid side to the Basque country on Saturday evening with an Alaves side who currently sit in sixth, the opposition.
Barcelona’s draw at home to Athletic Bilbao gave Real the chance to move top of the table with a win in the Madrid derby but Atlético held them to a draw at the Bernabeu, leaving the El Clasico rivals level at the top on 14 points.
Alaves’ 2-1 defeat at Levante last weekend was their first defeat since the opening day away at Barcelona but their impressive form has them in sixth place and if they could shock Los Blancos, they would move level on points with the Madrid giants.
That is something they haven’t done in La Liga in recent seasons however, with Real winning both meetings last season, 2-1 and 4-0.
Both Ruben Duarte and Burgui are available for selection for Abelardo Fernandez despite going off injured against Levante last weekend. Patrick Twumasi returned to training on Tuesday but picked up a knock meaning he couldn’t finish the session and he won’t make the squad for Saturday’s match.
Real Madrid will be without both first choice full backs, Marcelo and Dani Carvajal for the next couple of weeks while Isco remains out with appendicitis. Gareth Bale has trained however after missing the midweek Champions League defeat to CSKA Moscow and is ready to play in Vitoria.
Alaves (4-4-2): Pacheco; Maripan, Martin, Laguardia, Duarte; Ibai, Brasanac, Wakaso, Jony; Sobrino, Calleri
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois; Odriozola, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Asensio
Alaves 0-2 Real Madrid