Preview: Alaves vs.  Barcelona – predictions, team news, list

Preview: Alaves vs. Barcelona – predictions, team news, list

Sports Mole previews Saturday’s La Liga clash between Alaves and Barcelona, ​​​​including predictions, team news and possible teams.

Barcelona They will look to make it back-to-back wins in La Liga as they continue their campaign Alaves Saturday evening.

XaviThe team, who are fourth in the table, enter the competition on the back of a 1-0 win over Osasuna, while fellow club side Alaves beat Almeria 3-0 in the final.

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Preview: Alaves vs.  Barcelona – predictions, team news, list© Reuters

Alaves haven’t beaten Barcelona since September 2016, but El Glorioso enter the match strong, having won four of their last five games in all competitions, including the last three in La Liga.

The Basque side have collected 10 points from their last four games, drawing with Real Sociedad before drawing Sevilla, Cadiz and Almeria, and their strong run has seen them sit 11th in the table, where they are now 10 points clear of relegation. zone.

Alaves suddenly have their eye on a top 10 finish, sitting just three points behind 10th-placed Getafe, and have collected 16 points from their 10 home league games this season, winning five.

Luis GarciaThe team now has back-to-back games against Barcelona and Villarreal before finishing the month with games against Real Betis (A) and Mallorca (H).

Alaves also earned a return to Spain’s top flight through the Segunda Division final last season, and finished ninth in 2016–17, which was also their first campaign back in the top flight after second and third place finishes.

Barcelona striker Vitor Roque celebrates scoring against Osasuna on January 31, 2024.© Reuters

Barcelona, ​​meanwhile, enters the match on the back of a 1-0 victory over Osasuna, and Victor RoqueThe team’s first goal to get the three points needed in Wednesday’s game.

The Catalans lost 5-3 at home to Villarreal last week, with Xavi recently announcing he will step down as head coach at the end of the 2023-24 campaign.

Barcelona are still fourth in the league, boasting 14 wins, five draws and three defeats from 22 games, with 47 points leaving them eight points behind leaders Girona.

The reigning champions are not out of the race, and have won four of their last five league games despite recent opposition, with the team still looking to win the Champions League.

Barcelona face Alaves, Granada and Celta Vigo in their next three La Liga games before traveling to Napoli for their Champions League last 16 tie on February 21.

The Catalan side have the third-best record in La Liga this season, picking up 20 points from 10 games, as they beat Alaves 2-1 when the two sides locked horns last November.

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Team News

Joao Felix of Barcelona celebrates scoring against Atletico Madrid on December 3, 2023© Reuters

Alaves will also be without jobs Aleksandar Sedlar because of a long knee problem, right Andoni Gorosabel suspended for the yellow card he picked up in Almeria last time out.

Nahuel Tenaglia he is expected to replace Gorosabel in the starting line-up, but it will likely be the same XI that took the first whistle against the team at the bottom of the division.

Samu Omorodion he scored twice against Almeria, and the youngster on loan from Atletico Madrid continued in the final third with support from Atletico Madrid. Luis Rioja and Carlos Vicente.

Barcelona, ​​meanwhile, lost a ninth player to injury against Osasuna, and Ferran Torres picking up a thigh problem that is expected to keep him sidelined for the next five weeks.

Joao Felix, Sergi Roberto, Alejandro Balde, Raphinha, Marcos Alonso, Gavi and Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be missing again this week, but Inego Martinez he has little chance of returning to the team, with the back at the end of his mental illness.

Fermin Lopez could replace Torres in the XI for this game, Roque is not yet considered to start, though Andreas Christensen he is on the restored line in the middle of the defense.

Alaves possible starting point:
Never; Tenaglia, Marin, Duarte, Lopez; White, Guevara; Vicente, Guridi, Rioja; Omorodion

Barcelona are expected to start:
Somewhere; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Cancelo; Gundogan, Pedri, F de Jong; Yamal, Lewandowski, F Lopez

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We say: Alaves 1-2 Barcelona

This is a tough game to call, especially given the strength of Alaves, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a home win or a draw here. Barcelona need to keep winning to stay in the title picture, however, and we’re tipping them to go for the three important points.

For detailed analysis of possible results, scores and other details of this match please click here.

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