Barcelona are gunning for their seventh straight La Liga victory, as they welcome Alaves to the Nou Camp on Saturday night. The Catalan giants are bang in form and Ronald Koeman’s methods appear to be working, ahead of the visit of Los Babazorros.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 13 February, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Alaves: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Luis Rioja put Alaves into a first-half lead when these teams met in Vitoria-Gasteiz at the end of October. However, Jota Peleteiro was sent off for a second yellow just after the hour mark, with Antoine Griezmann equalising soon after as the game finished 1-1.
Barcelona v Alaves Predictions and Preview
When Barcelona were unable to find a winner in the last half-hour against Deportivo Alaves earlier this season, it ended the Blaugrana’s eight-match winning run against their visitors this weekend. Koeman’s side will hope to begin a new streak of victories on Saturday.
Barcelona and Real Madrid were given a glimmer of hope in the La Liga title race on Monday night, as Atletico Madrid conceded a late equaliser in dropping two points at home to Celta Vigo. Barca are still eight points behind Diego Simeone’s side having played a game more than Los Rojiblancos, but it keeps their interest very much alive.
The Blaugrana are unbeaten in their last 11 La Liga fixtures, winning nine. They need to keep that sort of form up if they’re to stand any chance of catching Atletico, who they’re scheduled to face at the Nou Camp in the final weeks of the season.
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The future both of Barcelona and star man Lionel Messi may be a little clearer by that point, but the Argentine maestro looks as though he’s playing with the bit firmly between his teeth at present. Messi has 10 goals in his last nine appearances against Alaves, and with him in the team, the hosts look a sure thing at 3/10 with William Hill.
The away team are available at 19/2 in this Barcelona v Alaves preview, with the draw priced at 26/5. A point is probably the best Los Babazorros can hope for, giving their record against Barca and the fact that they’re hovering only two points above the relegation zone.
Former Barcelona player Abelardo Fernandez’s side have picked up four points from their last two games, sharing a goalless draw with Getafe before beating Real Valladolid 1-0. However, Alaves lost four in a row before that, including defeats at the hands of Sevilla and Real Madrid and a cup exit to Segunda side Almeria.
One to watch for Barcelona: Despite plenty of criticism this season, only former team mate Luis Suarez has scored more goals than Lionel Messi’s 13 La Liga strikes. Barca’s No.10 is the 9/4 favourite to continue his fine scoring run against Alaves with the opener on Saturday night.
One to watch for Alaves: Joselu was the goalscoring hero in Alaves’s last match against Valladolid, while the Spanish striker got his team’s consolation in their 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid last month. He is available at 12/1 to break the deadlock in these Barcelona v Alaves predictions.
Long shot: These teams may have drawn earlier this season, but Barcelona are in much better shape right now. The Catalans thrashed Alaves 5-0 and 4-1 last term, with a Barca win and over 4.5 goals this weekend priced at 10/3. Barcelona are 33/1 to win 5-0, rising to 108/1 with Messi scoring first.