Alaves vs Eibar predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis, betting tips and predicted line-ups ahead of this Basque derby.
DATE/TIME – Saturday 9th March, 13:00 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – Mendizorroza
COMPETITION – La Liga
This may not be the biggest of the Basque derbies but it has been a feisty old fixture in recent years with red cards dished out in most of the recent meetings. With both sides surprisingly battling for Europe we may well see a repeat here and it’s a tough game to call with not much to choose between the sides.
Both teams play a 4-4-2 and their styles are relatively similar. The attacking threat from both comes largely from down the flanks with former Eibar man Takashi Inui and Jony, the wingers for Alaves. Jony has 8 assists for the season which is a brilliant return and that’s 6 more than any other current Alaves player. He is also their joint top scorer with 4 goals and if there is something missing from this side it is a more reliable finisher with neither Jonathan Calleri or Borja Baston consistently delivering.
Eibar have perhaps a bit more quality in central areas of the pitch but they do also generally look to move the ball wide and get lots of crosses into the box. Fabian Orellana and Marc Cucurella are the wingers but they will have to put in a real defensive shift here too so it will certainly be interesting to see how the battle down the flanks materialises.
There should be no shortage of incentive for either side here. Alaves would go 4th with a win while Eibar would jump to 7th. European qualification would be a huge achievement for either club and there is now a real possibility that at least one of these Basque clubs will be in continental action next term.
Alaves vs Eibar Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw
Betting Tip: Both Teams to Score @ 21/20 with Spin Palace Sports (18+)
This should be very even with not much to choose between the sides in terms of quality or style. The widemen on both teams are dangerous and should create enough chances for both Alaves and Eibar to get on the scoresheet. A score draw may be a likely outcome and the visitors in particular have developed a real drawing habit of late.
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Alaves vs Eibar H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 3 Eibar Wins, 2 Draws, 1 Alaves Win.
- The 5 top flight meetings have produced 5 red cards.
- Eibar won 2-1 when the sides met earlier this season.
- Eibar have taken 7 points from their last 3 visits to Alaves.
One to Watch – Takashi Inui
Does anyone look so happy so often as Takashi Inui? ☺#VillarrealAlavés#LLL
— La Liga Lowdown ???⚽️ (@LaLigaLowdown) March 2, 2019
Takashi Inui lines up against his former club here. He has been a bright spark for Alaves since joining on loan from Betis.
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Predicted Line Ups
Pacheco – Navarro, Maripan, Laguardia, Duarte – Inui, Brasanac, Pina, Jony – Calleri, Baston (4-4-2)
Dmitrovic – Cote, Arbilla, Ramis, Pena – Cucurella, Diop, Jordan, Orellana – Enrich, Charles (4-4-2)
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