La Liga leaders Barcelona will look to maintain their lead at the top of the table as they host in-form Alaves at Camp Nou on Sunday. Ernesto Valverde’s side will be heavy favourites against an Alaves side who sit only two places above the relegation zone.
Where and when: Camp Nou – 28 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Barcelona v Alaves: Sky Sports, William Hill
Last time: Barcelona won 2-0 at Alaves on the second weekend of the season, with Lionel Messi helping himself to a brace. However, the Basque side recorded a famous 2-1 victory at the Camp Nou last season.
Barcelona v Alaves Predictions and Preview
Barcelona are running away with the league title, 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid in second and a further eight of fourth-placed Real Madrid.
Two tricky away matches in a row have been successfully navigated, coming from two goals down to win their first match at Real Sociedad in the league in a decade before scoring five times in the final half hour to beat Real Betis 5-0.
The confirmation of their La Liga title appears to be a matter of when and not if, but they will be wary going into this fixture due to the recent form of Alaves and the result in this fixture last season.
Abelardo Fernandez’s side have gathered 13 points from their past seven games and have a new-found resilience and have climbed from the bottom up to 16th.
However, the home side are still overwhelming favourites for this individual clash and are 1/10 to win the game, with the visitors priced at a massive 35/1 and the draw is at 14/1.
Alaves have scored only four goals in their last five league games and Barcelona to win to nil is priced at 4/5.
One to watch for Barcelona: Luis Suarez has already scored 16 goals this season for Barcelona, including 11 in his last 10 in all competitions. He is priced at 2/5 to score anytime in this fixture.
One to watch for Alaves: Munir El-Haddadi has scored four times in his most recent nine games for the Basque side, following his summer departure from Barca. Is available at 27/5 to score anytime in this game.
Long shot: Alaves won this fixture 2-1 last season in arguably the shock result of the campaign and are priced at an incredible 90/1 to pull off the feat this season one.