Eibar vs Alaves predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups ahead of this Basque derby.
Eibar vs Alaves Preview
It’s not much more than half an hour by road through the picturesque Basque countryside from Eibar to Vitoria-Gasteiz and while this isn’t the biggest of the Basque derbies, there should be an extra edge to the game. That’s not least because both sides find themselves hovering above the relegation scrap with an identical record of 15 points from 13 games.
Victory for either would really catapult them up the table and with home advantage Eibar will be favourites to get it. They’ve won 4 of their last 8 games to recover from a slow start to the season and that’s an even better record when you consider they’ve hosted both Barcelona and Real Madrid during that period. They lost both games heavily but have won on 3 of their other 4 league outings at Ipurua this term.
One glance at Alaves’ away record this term should offer the hosts plenty of reason to fancy this. Asier Garitano’s men have been woeful on the road, taking only 1 point from their 6 away games, the second worst record in the division. Garitano has earned a reputation for making his sides organised defensively and the fact that Alaves are averaging 2.67 goals per game conceded away will concern him immensely.
There shouldn’t be any major surprises in terms of selection here with both sides likely to line up 4-4-2 and try to play to their strengths. The visitors do have a couple of players out suspended though and the loss of central defender Victor Laguardia is a particularly significant blow given how Eibar get more crosses into the box than any other team in La Liga.
Eibar vs Alaves Predictions
Score Prediction: 3-1 Eibar
With Alaves having looked a shadow of themselves pretty much whenever they’ve played away, you have to fancy Eibar here. The visitors will be weakened by the loss of Laguardia too and have shipped 4 in each of their last 2 away games. A home victory looks the most likely outcome.
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Eibar vs Alaves H2H
- Last 6 competitive meetings: 2 Eibar Wins, 1 Alaves Win, 3 Draws.
- The 3 top flight meetings at Ipurua have produced just 4 goals in total.
- 3 of them came in Eibar’s 2-1 win last season, a game that saw both teams reduced to 10 men.
- Indeed the last 5 matches between these sides have produced 5 red cards in total.
Predicted Line Ups
Dimitrovic – Cote, Oliveira, Arbilla, Blasis – Inui, Diop, Escalante, Orellana – Garcia, Enrich (4-4-2)
Pacheco – Duarte, Ely, Navarro, Aguirregabiria – Rioja, Wakaso, Pina, Vidal – Joselu, Perez (4-4-2)