Alaves vs Villarreal Predictions, H2H and Match Preview

Alaves vs Real Betis match preview
Alaves stadium

Alaves vs Villarreal predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the hosts bid to extend their impressive start.

Alaves vs Villarreal PredictionsAlaves vs Villarreal H2H

DATE/TIME –  Sunday 28th October 2018, 18:30 (Spanish Time)

STADIUM – Estadio de Mendizorroza


Alaves celebrated going top of La Liga 9 days ago with victory at Balaidos. They’ve had to look on and watch all the other sides in the top six play at least once and mostly twice since then though and this will be a different kind of test against a Villarreal side that has struggled to get going this term and comes into this Sunday’s match in the bottom five.

That won’t do as far as they are concerned but there have been some signs over the past week that they are starting to pick up a bit. They held Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw last weekend before thumping Rapid Vienna 5-0 in the Europa League. Those results may just have kept Javier Calleja in a job but he is still under pressure with Villarreal having recorded just two league wins all season.

The visitors have much more quality on paper than Alaves but the Basque side have been organised and consistent, something you certainly couldn’t say of the Yellow Submarine right now. It’s worth noting that Abelardo’s men have already played Real Madrid and Barcelona and with on paper a decent run of fixtures coming up, there’s every chance they could hang around the top six a while longer.

They will have to be wary of a possibly revitalised Villarreal here though. They played with much more flare and quality on Thursday and goals for strikers Gerard Moreno and Karl Toko Ekambi would have been a big confidence boost. They will have to try and break down a tight Alaves defence here but they should approach the game with more belief now.

Alaves vs Villarreal Predictions

Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw

This should be a pretty even game. Villarreal have a lot more quality than they have shown so far in La Liga and they are capable of being a real threat. Despite their impressive start, Alaves haven’t been scoring a lot of goals at home with just 4 in 4 matches in Vitoria this term and a draw looks perhaps the most likely outcome here.

Alaves vs Villarreal H2H

  • Last 6 meetings: 3 Alaves Wins, 2 Villarreal Wins, 1 Draw
  • Both meetings last term produced away wins with Villarreal winning 3-0 here.
  • Alaves had won 3 of their previous 4 home games against the Yellow Submarine though.
  • Villarreal’s win in Vitoria last year was their first away to Alaves in 17 years.

One to Watch – Pablo Fornals

There haven’t been many Villarreal players to come out of this season with much credit so far but Pablo Fornals is certainly the exception. He has the ability to be the difference-maker in a tight game like this.

Keep tabs on all our La Liga predictions.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid preview and prediction

Predicted Line Ups

Alaves Team:

Pacheco – Navarro, Maripan, Laguardia, Duarte – Brasanac, Pina, Wakaso – Jony, Calleri, Gomez (4-3-3)

Villarreal Team:

Asenjo – Costa, Fumes Mori, Gonzalez, Gaspar – Caseres, Trigueros – Pedraza, Fornals, Cazorla – Moreno (4-2-3-1)

Featured image, CC BY-SA 4.0

Daniel Garcia
About Daniel Garcia 298 Articles
Daniel is a football writer based in Spain. He has an extensive knowledge of LaLiga history and closely follows current events in the Spanish top flight.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.