A huge mismatch, on paper, is on the La Liga schedule for Friday, July 10, 2020, when Real Madrid hosts Alaves, but with some key Real Madrid suspensions Alaves may have a shot at stealing a point. Real Madrid are looking to keep a comfortable lead at the top of the table, while Alaves want to avoid dragging themselves into a relegation battle. This game will air live on beIN SPORTS at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Entering Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Real Madrid sit in atop the La Liga table, on 77 points, and are heavy favorites to lift the trophy come seasons end. Madrid are currently four points ahead of second place Barcelona and hold the head to head advantage over their bitter rivals.
Alaves currently sit in 15th place, with 35 points, and are quickly dragging themselves into a relegation battle. The club are just six points clear of Mallorca, who occupy the first relegation spot, so if form continues Alaves could be fighting for their La Liga lives next weekend.
Below is my pick for the La Liga action between Real Madrid and Alaves. All odds are from William Hill Sportsbook.
Real Madrid (-490) vs Alaves (+1200) Draw (+550)
Real Madrid continued their trend of grinding out close wins with a 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao. The game was scoreless until Sergio Ramos slotted home a 73rd minute penalty. It was Real Madrid’s third consecutive 1-0 victory and their seventh consecutive win since the La Liga season restarted. Entering Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Real Madrid is the second-best home club in Spain thanks to an unbeaten 13-4-0 record and 43 points.
Alaves continued their poor run of form with a disappointing 1-0 loss at Valladolid. This game looked like it was destined for a scoreless draw, but Joaquin Fernandez slotted home the game winning goal in the 88th minute. Alaves did not have a shot on goal in what was a lackluster display by the visitors. With six losses and one win since the La Liga restart, Alaves have been one of the worst clubs since things got going again. Alaves are the second worst road club in Spain thanks to a 2-3-12 record and nine points.
Series History: These two clubs have met 31 times in the past and Real Madrid holds a commanding 25-2-4 advantage. Real Madrid won the reverse fixture 2-1 back in late November.
Soccer Prediction: There is no value, but I am going with the obvious pick of Real Madrid to get the win.
2020 Results: 75-58