A miserable period in the history of Barcelona continues, as the Catalan giants bid to bounce back from their Clasico defeat to Real Madrid last weekend. Ronald Koeman’s side are presented with a trip to Alaves on Saturday night, a team against which they have a superb recent record.
Where and when: Mendizorrotza – 31 October, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Alaves vs. Barcelona: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Barcelona thumped Alaves 5-0 when the teams met at Mendizorrotza just a few months ago. Ansu Fati opened the scoring before Lionel Messi grabbed a brace, with Luis Suarez and Nelson Semedo also on target.
Alaves v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Embattled Barcelona are hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons at present. From boardroom unrest and presidential votes of no confidence to players like Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann openly unhappy and out of sorts, the teams has struggled on the pitch and lost to great rivals Real Madrid last weekend. So, can they restore a little positivity with a win at Deportivo Alaves?
The Blaugrana certainly have the kind of record against their hosts this weekend which suggests they can. Barca have won each of the last eight meetings between the teams, scoring 27 goals in the process. The Catalan outfit have kept five clean sheets during that run, with Alaves failing to score more than once in any single game.
However, these are difficult and dark days at Barcelona, who lost El Clasico 3-1 on home soil last weekend. Koeman has less time to prepare his players for this game following Wednesday’s tough trip to Italy to play Juventus in the Champions League, so it’s unlikely the away team will have it all their own way in this one.
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With that in mind, we’re backing Alaves to get themselves on the scoresheet in this game, with a both teams to score bet priced at 4/5. If you want to concentrate on the outright market, you can bet on Pablo Machin’s side to plunge Barcelona into further depths at 6/1. However, the visitors remain the heavy odds-favourites to take all three points with all the major bookmakers, priced at 1/2 with William Hill.
The Babazorros haven’t made the strongest start to the season, losing four of their opening seven La Liga fixtures and winning only two. That’s still the same number as Barca have won after five though, with both teams currently on seven points at this early stage of the season, after each drawing once. Still, a point in these Alaves v Barcelona predictions would represent a solid result for El Glorioso, and it’s priced at 19/5.
One to watch for Alaves: Former Newcastle United striker Joselu enjoyed a strong debut season for Alaves last term, scoring 11 goals in 36 La Liga appearances for his new club. He has one so far this term, and will be looking to add to his tally here.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi can start negotiating a move away from Barcelona with foreign clubs in January. With his own future heavily linked to the actions of Josep Bartomeu, all eyes are constantly on the Argentine and his performances, as well as the president.
Long shot: Alaves’s last victory over Barca was a 2-1 triumph at the Nou Camp in September 2016. The Basques are 19/1 to beat the Catalans by the same scoreline this weekend, heaping the misery on their visitors and their manager.