Match Preview: Alaves vs Valencia Predictions, H2H & Team News

Alaves vs Valencia predictions

Alaves vs Valencia predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Los Che head to the Basque Country.

  • DATE: Sunday 22nd November 2020
  • KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
  • VENUE: Mendizorrotza

Alaves vs Valencia Preview

Alaves vs Valencia predictions
Alaves stadium via Aitorval, CC BY-SA 4.0

The final game on Sunday in LaLiga comes from Mendizorrotza where Valencia are the visitors to take on Alaves. Los Che come into this fresh from their surprise win over Real Madrid but having mostly struggled on their travels, this still feels like a game that could go either way.

After a slow start, Alaves have started to find their feet under the guidance of Pablo Machin. They’ve lost just one of their last five matches to edge clear of the relegation zone although they do still look like one of the teams that could well end up in a real relegation scrap.

A lack of goals remains their primary issue. Not one Alaves player has scored more than once so far this season with neither Joselu nor Lucas Perez rediscovering the form of last season yet. They average 0.78 goals per game as a team, with only two teams in LaLiga having inferior records.

Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem for Valencia despite the departure of a host of their most dangerous creative and attacking players. They’ve netted 15 so far this term, the joint 3rd best record in LaLiga. That tally includes a hat-trick of penalties from Carlos Soler in their bizarre 4-1 win over Real Madrid last time out.

So far Los Che have certainly enjoyed playing against the top sides more than the weaker ones. Their only away points came in San Sebastian against current leaders Real Sociedad but they’ve been defeated in all of their other road games so far this term.

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Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Alaves Wins, 3 Valencia Wins, 1 Draw.
  • Valencia have only won on 1 of their last 5 trips to Vitoria in all competitions.
  • Their most recent success was a 2-1 LaLiga win in October 2017.
  • Los Che have taken 7 points from the last 3 league meetings though, including a 1-1 draw here in March.

Team News

Edgar Mendez is suspended for the hosts while Burgui has recently tested positive for COVID-19 and is likely to be missing.

Maxi Gomez is a slight doubt for the visitors while Thierry Correia may get a start at right back.

Predicted Alaves Starting Lineup:

Pacheco – Duarte, Laguardia, Lejeune, Navarro – Rioja, Battaglia, Pina, Jota – Joselu, Perez (4-4-2)

Predicted Valencia Starting Lineup:

Domenech – Gaya, Guillamon, Gabriel, Correia – Guedes, Wass, Soler, Musah – Gomez, Kang-In (4-4-2)

Alaves vs Valencia Predictions

Score Prediction: Alaves 1-0 Valencia

Valencia look like a team that is going to blow hot and cold this season, which is to be expected to some extent given they have a lot of young players. They are perhaps better when they can play on the break and use the pace in their side and that’s unlikely to be the case here against a relatively cautious Alaves side. The Basques appear to have turned a corner and with home advantage they may just nick this.

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