The Saturday afternoon action in La Liga sees champions and league leaders Barcelona play host to struggling Alaves, are without a win in four games across all competitions. This is a potential banana skin for Ernesto Valverde’s side.
Where and when: Camp Nou, Barcelona – 21 December, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Alaves: William Hill
Last time: Barcelona have won the last six meetings of these two sides dating back to a memorable 2-1 win here for Alaves in September 2016 – the Blaugrana have lost just one home league game since.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Alaves double chance||4/1||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||2/1||Offer|
|Arturo Vidal anytime scorer||49/20||Offer|
Barcelona vs. Alaves Predictions and Preview
Barcelona remain top of the table, albeit on goal difference ahead of Real Madrid, but have been held in each of their last two games.
Ernesto Valverde’s side have won their last five games in all competitions to relieve the pressure on the under-fire boss, before draws in the trip to Real Sociedad and home El Clasico fixture.
Alaves are without a win in four league games and were also stunned by lower division Jaen in the Copa del Rey in their last outing.
The Basque club are languishing in 14th spot in the division but are five points clear of the drop zone.
Unsurprisingly due to their stature, the hosts are favourites for this encounter at odds of 1/7 with an Alaves victory priced at 22/1 and the draw available at 7/1.
There have been 63 goals over Barcelona’s 17 league games – almost four per game – while 42 goals have flown in during Alaves games this term. Over 4.5 goals is priced at 2/1 with over 5.5 at a tempting 9/2.
A ‘double chance’ on Alaves to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 4/1 while a Barca win/draw outcome is at 1/100.
If you fancy the home side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 4/9.
One to watch for Barcelona: Arturo Vidal has already notched up four goals in La Liga this season – against Real Betis, Sevilla, Real Valladolid and Leganes – and is at a tempting 49/20 to find the net here.
One to watch for Alaves: Joselu has scored four goals in his last five Alaves league appearances and seven La Liga goals in total this campaign and is at 24/5 to score here.
Long shot: Barcelona have conceded just seven times in their last eight games while Alaves have just 18 league goals from 17 outings. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 22/1.