Alavés ALA Joselu (Pen 65')
1-4 FT
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Real Madrid RMA Benzema (48', 62'), Nacho (56'), Vinicius Jr (90+2)
Primera Division Gameweek 1
Aug 14, 2021 KO: 20:00

Alavés - Real Madrid

Estadio de Mendizorroza Vitoria-Gasteiz
Referee: César Soto
  48' Benzema
  56' Nacho
  62' Benzema
Joselu (Pen) 65'  
  90+2 Vinicius Jr

Match preview

Alaba debut - How Real Madrid could line up against Alaves

The former Bayern Munich defender is set to make his competitive debut for Los Blancos on the first day of the season in La Liga

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti will hand a competitive debut to David Alaba in Los Blancos' opening game of the season in La Liga versus Alaves.

The Austria international was a high-profile free transfer in the summer from Bayern Munich, and represents the only meaningful business Real Madrid have conducted so far in this transfer window.

It is certainly the end of an era for Real Madrid, at least at the back, as Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane have left the club after a decade-long partnership which has amassed numerous titles including four Champions League wins.

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Now Alaba will need to emerge as the main man in the centre of defence.

In goal, Thibaut Courtois is a certainty and will be the number one for years to come.

Real Madrid have a number of players out for this game including three full-backs in Ferland Mendy, Alvaro Odriozola and Dani Carvajal.

That means a back four of Nacho, Eder Militao, Alaba and Marcelo will likely start.

Toni Kroos is a definite absentee which will provide an opportunity for Federico Valverde to start in the midfield three alongside Casemiro and Luka Modric. Dani Ceballos is also unavailable in that position.

Eden Hazard might not be fit to start after suffering a hamstring issue, which could mean a start on the left for Vinicius Junior.

Karim Benzema has recovered from coronavirus and will likely be available for Ancelotti.

As for the spot on the right, Gareth Bale could be given the opportunity to reignite his Real Madrid career under the Italian boss, with the pair having worked together to success in Ancelotti's previous tenure at Santiago Bernabeu.

Martin Odegaard, Marco Asensio and Isco will be available from the bench.

Real Madrid predicted XI versus Alaves

Recent Ratings

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Alavés
VS
  Average Match Rating  
6.0
  Home  
6.8
5.6
  Away  
6.7
5.8
  Total  
6.8

Match statistics

Alavés
Statistics
Real Madrid
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
5
12
Draws
5
7
Losses
10
1
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
20
33
Goals Per Game
1.00
1.65
More > 2.5 Goals
10
9
More > 3 Goals
7
5
Scored First in a Match
9
10
Scored Both Halves
4
5
Won More > 1 Goal
2
7
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
34
14
Did Not Score
7
4
Both Teams Scored
10
11
Kept Clean Sheet
5
8
Won Without Conceding
3
5
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
508
772
Possession
43
57
Passes
339
585
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
9.85
15
Shots on Target
3.15
4.60
Goals out of Shots
0.11
0.11
Crosses
19
18
Offsides
2.07
2.06
Penalties
0.05
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.25
0.40
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
18
14
Interceptions
9.85
11
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
23
12
Total Shots Conceded
9.60
9.60
Shots on Target Conceded
3.70
3.37
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.18
0.09
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
14
10
Yellow Cards
2.40
1.70
Red Cards
0.05
0.00

Injuries

  1. Hip/Thigh Injury image description
  2. Groin Strain image description
  3. Ankle/Foot Injury image description
  4. COVID-19 image description