Alaves vs Leganes predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis, betting tips and predicted line-ups as the hosts look to bounce back from a difficult week.
DATE/TIME – Sunday 7th April 2019, 12:00 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – Mendizorrotza
COMPETITION – La Liga
These two sides may not play the prettiest football in La Liga but both sides deserve enormous credit for the way they’ve applied themselves this term. Along with the newly promoted sides, they were arguably the two favourites for the drop back in August when the season started. However both clubs have comfortably eclipsed those pre-season predictions and with 8 games to play, they are both already effectively guaranteed to be playing Primera Division football next term.
Alaves might even have European football on top of that. After back-to-back defeats many will expect them to now fall back out of this race for 4th but it might not play out quite like that. This is a resilient Alaves side and with 5 of their final 8 fixtures at home, where they have only lost twice this term, they shouldn’t be discounted. They should be pretty much at full strength here but the injury absence of key centre-back Guillermo Maripan is certainly a significant one.
Leganes have their own selection issues though. First-choice forwards Guido Carrillo and Youssef En-Nesyri are both unavailable which does leave them a bit light on options up top. Carrillo scored a 96th minute winner in midweek to see off Valladolid. However he removed his shirt in celebration and will now miss this game through suspension. That will no doubt annoy his coach, although arguably that’s a rule that serves little purpose but to take the emotion and entertainment out of the game.
Alaves vs Leganes Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-0 Alaves
Betting Tip: Alaves Win @ 2.55 with Spin Palace Sports (18+)
Both sides are organised, committed teams who have perhaps over-achieved in truth this season. Leganes are in the better form but Alaves are very strong at home and have a bit more creativity and quality in their midfield thanks to the qualities of Jony and Takashi Inui. They could just edge this.
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Alaves vs Leganes H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 3 Leganes Wins, 3 Draws.
- Leganes won 1-0 when the sides met earlier in the season.
- Alaves are hoping for their first top flight win over Leganes here.
- The two previous meetings in the Basque Country both ended 2-2.
One to Watch – Jony
Jony & Inui… the Oliver & Benji of @Alaves! ? pic.twitter.com/tAic8mEXmi
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) April 4, 2019
Jony has been the creative spark that has transformed Alaves from an average team into a pretty good one this season. He has 9 assists already in La Liga, 7 more than any of his team-mates.
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Predicted Line Ups
Pacheco – Martin, Ely, Laguardia, Duarte – Inui, Garcia, Pina, Jony – Calleri, Guidetti (4-4-2)
Cuellar – Bustinza, Siovas, Tarin – Silva, Recio, Rodriguez, Perez, Juanfran – Santos, Braithwaite (3-5-2)
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