Espanyol vs Alaves predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis, betting tips and predicted line-ups as the Basques head to Barcelona.
DATE/TIME – Saturday 13th April 2019, 13:00 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – RCDE Stadium
COMPETITION – La Liga
Alaves have spent the entire season defying the odds by hanging around in the top six. Every time they are written off or suffer a setback, they seem to pull a result out of the bag and they’ll be hoping to do likewise here. Espanyol meanwhile are now looking safe on 38 points but they are too far back to get into the European picture.
The visitors have only taken 1 point from their last 3 games. The injury absence of key centre-back Guillermo Maripan has certainly played a part in that. Defensive solidity has been the foundation for their success this term and the Chilean has certainly had a big role to play. The good news for Alaves is that he’s likely to be back here but they are missing both Martín Aguirregabiria and Tomás Pina to suspension.
Espanyol meanwhile are without the suspended Lluís López but it’s a less significant blow. They come into this game following the derby win at Girona which effectively killed off any danger of them being sucked into the relegation battle. They have been reasonably strong at home this season but motivation could become a factor with not a great deal left to play for now.
This is certainly a bigger game for Alaves who will be hoping to try and defy the critics again and maintain their surprise European push. We shouldn’t see any great surprises from either coach in terms of the approach though with Espanyol likely to line up with their usual 4-3-3 while the visitors should go 4-4-2 again.
Next Up – Huesca vs Barcelona (Saturday 16:15)
Espanyol vs Alaves Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw
Betting Tip: Alaves Double Chance @ 2.00 with Spin Palace Sports (18+)
Maripan is expected to start for Alaves and that should result in a far more assured defensive showing this week. Espanyol don’t have an enormous amount of creativity in their ranks and a low-scoring draw could be the result here.
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Espanyol vs Alaves H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 2 Alaves Wins, 3 Espanyol Wins, 1 Draw.
- Espanyol have won 3 of their last 5 home games against Alaves, drawing the other 2.
- Alaves were 2-1 winners when the sides met earlier this season.
- The last 4 meetings in Barcelona have all ended either 0-0 or 1-0.
One to Watch – Borja Iglesias
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Borja Iglesias is the man most capable of settling a tight game like this. With 12 goals in La Liga this term, he is 5 ahead of anyone else on either side.
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Predicted Line Ups
Lopez – Rosales, Hermoso, Naldo, Vila – Melendo, Darder, Roca – Wu, Iglesias, Perez (4-3-3)
Pacheco – Duarte, Laguardia, Maripan, Navarro – Inui, Garcia, Brasanac, Jony – Calleri, Baston (4-4-2)