Alaves are celebrating their centenary. Based in the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, they were founded on January 23rd, 1921.
Known for their passionate fanbase, Alaves are one of the most culturally distinctive clubs in Spain. They’re currently, however, in a battle for their lives. Alaves sit 17th in the league table, just a place and a point clear of Elche and the relegation zone.
Madrid are without Zinedine Zidane, who’s tested positive for Covid-19, but are in desperate need of a big performance. They’re currently seven points behind leaders Atletico Madrid and were knocked out of both the Supercopa de Espana and the Copa del Rey in the last ten days.
David Bettoni, the man taking charge of Madrid this evening, named a strong starting lineup. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal, with a back four of Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, Raphael Varane and Ferland Mendy.
— Deportivo Alavés (@Alaves) January 23, 2021
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) January 23, 2021