Alaves vs Villarreal predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the visitors look to bounce back from a poor result last weekend.
Alaves vs Villarreal Preview
Villarreal head to the Basque Country this Saturday to take on an Alaves side that overall is having a reasonably solid campaign under the guidance of Asier Garitano. They’ll be targeting three points here as they look to put fresh distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
Having been unceremoniously dumped out of the Copa del Rey in the 1st Round by 4th tier opponents, Alaves have at least had more time to prepare for their league games than rival teams and that may be significant here. A 1-0 victory at Levante last weekend was one of their best results of the season but they have still managed to remain solid at home with Real Madrid and Sevilla the only teams to have won at Mendizorrotza this term.
Villarreal will be hoping to become the third to do so but they were on the wrong end of a home defeat last weekend as bottom club Espanyol surprisingly left the Ceramica with maximum points. Having won three considerably tougher league games on the spin prior to that, it was a real setback for Javi Calleja’s side who have this week loaned forward Karl Toko Ekambi to Lyon.
With Gerard Moreno also carrying a knock, Villarreal’s attacking options are quite limited here and it’s likely that Carlos Bacca will end up leading the line on his own. Moreno and Ekambi have contributed 14 league goals this term, one shy of the 15 that Joselu and Lucas Perez have managed for Alaves. The Basque team’s strike duo should both start here with Alaves likely to go the aerial route to Joselu who has won the most aerial battles in La Liga this term.
Alaves vs Villarreal Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-0 Alaves
Alaves are really strong at home and have conceded just 0.6 goals per game on average in front of their own fans this term. With Villarreal short on attacking options, they’ll fancy they can keep another clean sheet here and the hosts might just nick this with their front two continuing to combine well.
Alaves vs Villarreal Betting Tips & Odds (18+)
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Alaves vs Villarreal H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Alaves Wins, 2 Villarreal Wins.
- Alaves have won 3 of the last 4.
- However they were beaten 4-1 in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
- Alaves have won 4 of the last 6 meetings in Vitoria to Villarreal’s 1.
Predicted Line Ups
Pacheco – Duarte, Laguardia, Ely, Aguirregabiria – Rioja, Camarasa, Garcia, Vidal – Joselu, Perez (4-4-2)
Asenjo – Moreno, Funes Mori, Albiol, Mario – Iborra, Anguissa – Cazorla, Trigueros, Chukwueze – Bacca (4-2-3-1)
Where to Watch
Alaves vs Villarreal is live on the following channels:
UK & Ireland: LaLigaTV | Indian subcontinent: Facebook | Sub-Saharan Africa: SuperSport 7
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