Barcelona vs Alaves predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the Catalans aim to end the year on top of the table.
Barcelona vs Alaves Preview
Just three days on from a slightly underwhelming Clasico, Barcelona are back at Camp Nou for another league game, this time against Alaves. Victory should guarantee that the Catalans remain top of La Liga heading into the new year but there is now more than a slight sensation that that only masks deeper problems at the club.
Neither they nor talisman Leo Messi were at their best in midweek against Los Blancos. Real Madrid left feeling aggrieved that they hadn’t won the game in sharp contrast to last season when Barcelona were the dominant force in the Clasico meetings winning the league game at Camp Nou 5-1. They will expect to get back to winning ways here but there will still be plenty of soul searching going on in Barcelona this Christmas.
As for Alaves, they head into this one having only taken one point from their last three league matches. That came at home to struggling Leganes last time out but their away record this season is a poor one with 6 defeats out of 8 on their travels in La Liga. They were even sent packing from the Copa del Rey in midweek as they became the first top flight side to be defeated by fourth tier opponents in the competition in 39 years.
Hardly the ideal preparation for a trip to Camp Nou then for Asier Garitano’s side but they are at least boosted by the returns of Wakaso and Laguardia from suspensions which should enable them to put up a bit more of a fight. Barcelona meanwhile are likely to recall Sergio Busquets who missed the Clasico due to illness.
Barcelona vs Alaves Predictions
Score Prediction: 4-1 Barcelona
Alaves have been leaking goals away this season with an average of 2.38 goals conceded on their travels. They’ve conceded four away to the likes of Osasuna and Villarreal and they’ll do well to keep it to less than that here with Barcelona having scored 4 or more in 6 of their 8 home league games to date this season.
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Barcelona vs Alaves H2H
- Last 6 competitive meetings: 6 Barcelona Wins.
- Barça have won 5 of the last 6 meetings by at least two goals.
- They’ve won 9 of their last 10 at home to Alaves in all competitions.
- The exception was a shock 2-1 Alaves win here in September 2016.
Predicted Line Ups
Ter Stegen – Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Semedo – De Jong, Busquets, Rakitic – Griezmann, Suarez, Messi (4-3-3)
Pacheco – Ximo, Ely, Laguardia, Duarte – Rioja, Wakaso, Manu Garcia, Vidal – Joselu, Perez (4-4-2)
Barcelona vs Alaves Betting Tips (18+)
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