Alaves v Real Madrid Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

Real Madrid’s failure to find the back of the net in midweek at CSKA Moscow has led to Los Blancos’ longest goal drought in 12 years.

Julen Lopetegui’s men have failed to score in their last five hours of football, and so they will be desperate to end that run this weekend.

The European champions visit an Alaves side who have made a positive start to the La Liga season and are unbeaten in their three home games so far.

Latest odds

Real are offered at 4/11 (1.36) with bet365 to claim a win at the Estadio Mendizorroza and Real Madrid have won their last nine matches against Alaves.

Lionel Messi Alaves

The hosts for their part are offered at 7/1 (8.00) to beat Madrid for the first time since 2000, while the draw is available at 15/4 (4.75) .

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Team news

Real Madrid will be missing Isco and Marcelo, while Gareth Bale’s fitness will be assessed after he missed the trip to Russia. Sergio Ramos also did not travel in midweek but should come straight back into the starting eleven.

Marco Asensio

Alaves will be without Brazilian centre-back Rodrigo Ely who is a long term absentee, while winger Burgui had to go off in the side’s last game at Levante and could be a doubt.

Preview

Against CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid had 26 shots on goal, enjoyed 72 per cent possession and hit the woodwork three times yet could not find the net.

The story was the same in their previous matches, managing 15 shots in a 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid and fashioning 21 shots away to Sevilla but failing to score.

It is clear that Lopetegui’s men are creating openings and they should be able to do so once more against an Alaves side that concede on average this season 14.7 shots a game, the fifth highest in the divsion. 

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Tips and predictions  

Real Madrid to score in both halves is priced at 10/11 (1.91) and is a selection that has paid out in four of the last five meetings between these two sides.

Madrid’s goal drought has to end soon and backing them to net in both halves against a side they usually excel against looks like a solid option. 

Prices correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly. 

Betting Banner - Best Bet Real Madrid to score in both halves at 10/11 (1.91) for a 1pt stake with bet365

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Man City agree record deal to sign teenage goalkeeper

Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, the Irish club have confirmed.

Bazunu, 16, became the club’s youngest ever goalkeeper when he featured for Rovers against Bray Wanderers earlier this year, and the clubs have now reached a pre-contract agreement with the teenager.

He has kept a clean sheet in all of his four league appearances.

Reports in Ireland claim that City have paid an initial €400,000 to sign the teenager, who will finish his studies in Ireland befoe moving to England.

Indeed, the club have confirmed that “it is fair to say that this is the biggest transfer by an Irish club in the professional era”.

A statement added: “Shamrock Rovers F.C. can today confirm that the club has reached a pre-contract agreement with Manchester City F.C. for the transfer of goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu. Gavin will remain with the first team squad at Shamrock Rovers and move to Manchester in 2019.

“The club has spent some time working with the player, Manchester City and Ashfield College to put in place the arrangements to allow Gavin to complete his Leaving Certificate next year.”

Both Chelsea and Tottenham have been heavily linked with the highly-rated Irishman, and it has been reported that Spurs made a number of bids for the player.

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Torreira the ‘warrior’ earns love and respect of Arsenal icon Pires

Lucas Torreira has seen his “warrior” qualities hailed by Arsenal legend Robert Pires, with the Uruguayan considered to be shrewd addition for the Gunners.

After a long period without a recognised and trusted midfield enforcer, Unai Emery’s side were compelled to invest in Torreira after seeing him star at the 2018 World Cup.

In the end, a £26 million ($34m) deal was struck to take the 22-year-old to north London from Sampdoria.

He has been eased into Premier League life by Emery, but has impressed after breaking into the Spaniard’s plans and has already earned the respect of an Arsenal ‘Invincible’.

Pires told Sky Sports: “I love Lucas Torreira.

“When you play in his position you need to be a warrior, and he’s a warrior.

“He likes to fight a good fight with the other players and technically he’s very good. He has good ability with the ball, good vision and now I understand why Arsenal paid a lot of money for him.

“He’s a very good player.”

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Pires played alongside some top midfield talent in his day, with Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva forming part of some iconic sides.

Arsenal’s class of 2018-19 have some way to go before they can claim to be back at that level, but Emery is being backed to deliver success after inheriting the managerial reins from long-serving Arsene Wenger.

“It’s very difficult for me to compare,” Pires said of the new era at Emirates Stadium.

“With Arsene Wenger it was very good. Unfortunately this page is finished so we need to focus on the present and prepare for the future.

“The present for Arsenal, especially for the fans, is to be passionate with Unai Emery.

“Of course he won with Sevilla and he won with Paris Saint-Germain, but this is a new challenge for him. It’s a new team, a new club, new football and the Premier League is more competitive.

“Maybe it will be difficult in the beginning but I think he can make a success with Arsenal. I believe in him.”

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Summons issued by Ronaldo accuser in alleged rape case

Attorneys for Kathryn Mayorga, the American woman who has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of rape after an encounter in 2009, have announced that a “summons has been issued and we have sent the summons and complaint for service” to the Juventus star. 

German media outlet Der Spiegel reported on Friday that Mayorga had claimed Ronaldo sexually assaulted her in a hotel room nine years ago.

Police in Las Vegas have reopened the case and said in a statement reported by the BBC: “At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description.

“As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided.”

Ronaldo has “firmly denied” the allegations, saying in part: “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.

“Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.”

His lawyer, Christian Schertz, said: “The reporting in Spiegel is blatantly illegal.”

He reportedly added that he had been instructed to seek compensation for “moral damages” over “probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years”.

Ms Mayorga, 34, is reported to have filed a rape report with Las Vegas police after the alleged incident.

She claims to have reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo in 2010 involving a $375,000 (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the accusations. Her representatives said they would be seeking “declaratory relief that the plaintiff be excused for performance under the settlement and non-disclosure agreement due to the defendant’s breach” against the 33-year-old while laying out the charges in the lawsuit.  

According to one representative for Ms Mayorga, attorney Larissa Drohobyczer: “A summons has been issued and we have sent the summons and complaint for service upon Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Cristiano Ronaldo will have 20 days from the date of service of the lawsuit to answer our complaint in Kathryn Mayorga’s case.”

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Liverpool v Manchester City to be decided by small margins, says Kompany

Vincent Kompany believes the top-of-the-table clash between Manchester City and Liverpool on Sunday will be decided by “small margins”.

Premier League leaders City have triumphed in just one of their last seven games against Liverpool, a 5-0 defeat of Jurgen Klopp’s side after Sadio Mane was sent off in the first half at the Etihad Stadium last season.

Liverpool won the reverse fixture 4-3 after scoring three times in nine minutes and they notched the same number of goals in a 19-minute spell to record a decisive 3-0 first-leg win in their Champions League quarter-final encounter.

For City captain Kompany it is the finer moments that will prove key when the reigning champions and their closest challengers look to maintain their unbeaten starts to the Premier League season at Anfield.

“I think if you take all four games of last season, including the home [league] game, it’s a game of small margins. You look at each and every game and there’s not a lot of difference in terms of how the games happened,” said Kompany.

“One game we were more efficient and scored five, the other game they scored three in, what, 15 minutes [sic – 19]. And that’s how these games seem to go.

“The margin is so small between both teams and a lot of things happen in a very short period of time. You have to make sure you can control this and be at our best.

“[In] these kinds of games you need a lot of things to come together, you need a little bit of luck, a good performance, you need to be clinical and defend well and that goes for both teams.

“It’s too close I think to actually make any big statements – that’s what makes this game so interesting.”

Regardless of the outcome, the Belgium international does not see the fixture as a meeting between the favourites to win the title.

“I don’t agree with just putting City and Liverpool as title contenders,” he said.

“Chelsea have shown so much already this season. Arsenal, Tottenham are coming back. You’d think there’d be a bigger points gap by now but it’s not.

“I think most teams at the top are firing on all cylinders at this moment in time and this makes this league exciting.”

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