Real Valladolid vs Alaves predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in LaLiga. Read on for analysis, free betting tips and predicted line-ups as two bottom half sides clash at the Jose Zorrilla.
by Mark Sochon (@marksoc1)
Real Valladolid vs Alaves Preview
Alaves head to the Jose Zorrilla on Saturday and they do so under real pressure to get a result to ease their growing relegation fears. The hosts are only one point better off and although much depends on how 18th placed Mallorca finish the season, these two clubs both look to have work to do in order to guarantee their survival.
Real Valladolid were presented with a golden opportunity in midweek to move 9 points clear of the relegation zone. A tense game with Levante produced no goals but Real Valladolid were presented with a 97th minute penalty which Enes Unal failed to convert. Sergio’s side are winless in 5 games as a result but draws in 4 of those games have seen them inch closer to survival.
Alaves didn’t look in serious danger at the time of the resumption. However they really haven’t looked good with 4 straight defeats heading into this game seeing them slip towards trouble. Home defeats against Osasuna and Granada have been particularly damaging and they do appear to be one of the sides that has really suffered from the absence of fans at their home games.
The visitors may be without keeper Fernando Pacheco here with the Alaves number one struggling with a minor injury. We may see some light rotation from both teams but with both sides at or very close to full strength we shouldn’t see too many surprises with both teams likely to line up 4-4-2 as usual.
Real Valladolid vs Alaves Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-0 Real Valladolid
Real Valladolid have specialised in home draws this season with 10 of them already but the visit of a really out of form Alaves side does present them with the chance to pick up just a 4th home win of the season. You can always rely on the hosts to keep it pretty tight at the back and while they often struggle for creativity, they ought to get chances in this game against an Alaves side that makes too many defensive mistakes, particularly on the road. Real Valladolid may just sneak the victory that would all but guarantee their survival.
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Real Valladolid vs Alaves H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Real Valladolid Win, 4 Alaves Wins, 1 Draw.
- Alaves have won on their last 2 league trips to the Jose Zorrilla.
- They were 3-0 winners when the sides met earlier this term in the Basque Country.
- Valladolid haven’t beaten Alaves since a 2-0 win in Vitoria in May 2015.
Predicted Line Ups
Real Valladolid Team:
Masip – Garcia, Joaquin, Salisu, Moyano – Villa, Alcaraz, Michel, Plano – Guardiola, Unal (4-4-2)
Roberto – Duarte, Laguardia, Ely, Navarro – Mendez, Pina, Camarasa, Vidal – Joselu, Perez (4-4-2)
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