Sevilla vs Alaves predictions, H2H and match preview for this Thursday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis, betting tips and predicted line-ups as two Champions League hopefuls meet.
DATE/TIME – Thursday 4th April 2019, 19:30 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
COMPETITION – La Liga
This is one of many key fixtures Sevilla have to come against fellow top four hopefuls. They also have to face city rivals Real Betis and 4th placed Getafe before the month is out having lost a crunch game at home to Valencia at the weekend. Alaves are the team nobody expects to take that final Champions League place but they’ve been written off all season and still they hover very much in the race.
Alaves were hammered 4-0 at home by Atletico Madrid at the weekend. It will be a test of their character to see how they bounce back here in another tough game. An injury to key centre-back Guillermo Maripan has come at a really bad time for them as much of their success has been built around solid defensive foundations. Without the Chilean, they could be a lot more vulnerable at the back.
Sevilla also have a host of significant selection problems though. Almost half their squad is carrying some kind of niggle and their team selection will be interesting here with a host of players touch and go to make it. One man who definitely won’t be involved is Ever Banega. The Argentine is a key figure in the midfield and his absence is certainly a boost to Alaves.
The hosts rarely suffer back-to-back home defeats and it’s vital to their chances of reaching the Champions League that they do bounce back. Victory for Alaves though would be a real statement of their intent to continue to fight for European football until the very end of this season.
Sevilla vs Alaves Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-1 Sevilla
Betting Tip: Sevilla Win & Under 3.5 Goals @ 2.2 with Spin Palace Sports (18+)
Both sides have some significant absentees but Sevilla’s squad is much bigger and they are better equipped to cope with the absence of some key men, not to mention the challenge of playing two games per week, something they’ve been doing virtually all season. They should have the edge here but Alaves could make a game of it.
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Sevilla vs Alaves H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 2 Sevilla Wins, 2 Alaves Wins, 2 Draws.
- Sevilla have won their last 5 home games against Alaves.
- Alaves haven’t avoided defeat at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan since February 2000.
- The sides drew 1-1 in the Basque Country earlier this term.
One to Watch – Wissam Ben Yedder
Unpopular opinion : Wissam Ben Yedder pic.twitter.com/dWl8uddf9K
— ZeiwoRinho (@PrismeZeiw) March 25, 2019
Wissam Ben Yedder is having his best season for Sevilla and has cemented himself as their first-choice striker. He’s hoping to add to his 16 league goals here.
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Predicted Line Ups
Vaclik – Vidal, Carrico, Gomez, Navas – Vazquez, Gonalons, Mesa, Sarabia – Ben Yedder, Promes (4-4-2)
Pacheco – Duarte, Laguardia, Navarro, Aguirregabiria – Wakaso, Pina, Brasanac – Jony, Calleri, Inui (4-3-3)