By Michael McCann
Real Madrid can go above local rivals Atletico with victory in the derby next week, after a 3-0 home win against Alaves.
Real led when Sergio Reguilón set up Karim Benzema for his a sixth goal in four games.
Victory was confirmed late on – Vinícius Júnior scored on the counter-attack, then subsitute Mariano headed in his first La Liga goal since re-signing.
Los Blancos win four straight La Liga games for the first time since March 2018.
Alaves drop to 7th after managing just nine points in 10 games.