Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane described the forthcoming month of April as "tremendo" and it does not need a full grasp of the Spanish language to comprehend Zidane's sentiments.
Nine matches in 30 days including a Clasico, a Madrid Derby and a Champions League quarter final against Bayern Munich is a tremendous prospect for any side, and the French coach is relishing what will be the most intense month of his albeit short managerical career.
The first game back after the international break for the European champions is a home tie with Deportivo Alaves which is a fixture which may allow Zidane to rotate his squad. Bearing in mind the packed upcoming schedule, Sunday's match may be one of the only chances for Zidane to give some of his key players a rest, so perhaps the likes of Nacho, Isco and Lucas Vazquez will feature against the Basques.
Alaves for their part are already safe, and while there is the outside chance of pushing for a European place, their main focus will now be the Copa Del Rey final they will contest against Barcelona in May.
The side from the city of Vitoria however have already earned some notable results away from home winning away at Barcelona and Villarreal while earning draws at Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.
Nevertheless, Mauricio Pellegrino's men are massive outsiders for their trip to the capital and bet365, who are live streaming the game for UK-based customers, offer an away win at 18/1 (19.00). Real Madrid meanwhile who are the only side in the Spanish top flight still unbeaten at home, are priced at 1/9 (1.11) while the draw can be backed at 9/1 (10.00).
While Real Madrid would expect to win this game, there is a strong argument to made for backing both teams to score at evens (2.00). This selection has paid out in each of Madrid's last seven matches in all competitions, with Los Blancos keeping only two clean sheets in their last 16 competitive fixtures.
Alaves for their part have scored in each of their last four away matches, and this season have found the back of the net away at the likes of Barcelona, Atletio Madrid, Villarreal, Sevilla and Valencia.