#5 Is this the start of a turnaround to Karim Benzema's season?
Real Madrid have won four of their last five games, picking 13 of 15 points after defeating Leganes 3-1 on Wednesday. Alaves are in the bottom third of the table but have very little chance of being relegated.
Los Blancos will be without the services of captain Sergio Ramos, who is suspended for the game, after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the midweek fixture against Leganes.
The hosts dominated possession in the first half but, perhaps missing the influence of key quintet Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, found it hard to create chances until Benzema's clever back-heel found Ronaldo, who span and shot to open the floodgates.
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Vazquez passed for Ronaldo to fire in his second goal, and Bale earned a penalty in the 89th that Benzema converted. With the injuries in the midfield, Zidane will likely lean on Casemiro and Isco to play a bigger role Saturday.
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The midfield duo is likely to be flanked by Lucas Vazquez on the right-side and Marco Asensio on the left. Benzema flicks a pass through to Ronaldo, with the Portuguese forward swivelling and smashing a finish into the back of the net.
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The lead was doubled shortly after the break as Benzema turned provider once again, picking out Bale, who sent a clinical low strike past Pacheco.
It was Zidane's men who had the better of the early possession and chances, however Alaves responded positively with some half-chances for themselves.
Benzema proved a more effective provider in the hosts' next attack of note, skipping around Alexis and crossing for Bale to send a spectacular overhead kick just wide.
Ceballos, however, is not the only unhappy star in Madrid. Tomas Pina and Manu Garcia will partner up in the centre of the park to try and snuff out the influence of the Madrid midfield. Theo comes so close to scoring his first goal as a Real Madrid player. He is fantastic and I remember the game against Alaves when he scored two goals.
The Welsh wizard has been in for a lot of criticism of late, owing to his dwindling form and the rumours of his exit from Real Madrid never seem to be too far away.
The 28-year-old has still scored nine goals this term, but he has struggled to make an impact in recent weeks and not been on the scoresheet in his last six appearances. From then on, it was complete dominance from the Spanish and European champions.
Madrid picked up where they left off at the start of the second half as Bale made it 2-0 seconds after the interval.
"He is training hard, working hard like the rest of my players".