Deportivo Alaves vs Barcelona
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Sunday, 19 July 2020
Kick-off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Mendizorrotza.
The Catalans are staring at a trophyless season. Arch-rivals Real Madrid were crowned champions of Spain with their victory over Villarreal, and days of despair continue at the Nou Camp.
Now, all that remains is the Champions League, and the team is desperate to win the elusive European crown. They have one competitive game remaining before the CL resumes – the match-up against El Glorioso.
It’s supremely important that Quique Setien’s men win this fixture – in order for them to have some sense of confidence before they welcome Napoli for the second leg of their Round of 16 tie.
After the loss against Osasuna, Lionel Messi and his boys will be targeting nothing but the three points, even though the league is done and dusted.
It helps that Juan Muniz’s men are going through one of the worst phases of their season. On top of that, they have a terrible h2h record against this opponent over the years as well.
As such, expect a Barcelona win this Sunday.
Alaves vs Barcelona: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Catalans are on a seven-match winning run.
- They had also recorded 16 of the preceding 18 wins.
- They had scored a total of 22 goals from the past seven encounters.
- At this venue, the visitors are on a five-fixture winning run.
- They have also not conceded a single goal at this stadium since 2001.
Alaves vs Barcelona: Prediction
El Glorioso recorded a 1-2 win on the road the last match-day, against Betis. In the meantime, Setien’s men were defeated at their home by a 1-2 scoreline, by Osasuna.
As things stand, Messi and his boys are the favorites here. They are desperate to end their league season on a positive note. They are on a seven-match winning run against this rival, and have scored an impressive 22 goals in the process.
They are also on a five-game winning run in h2h games at this venue, and have not let in a single goal in the last 19 years at this ground.
Moreover, Muniz’s men were winless in ten of their last twelve overall matches (in the midst of which they had gone through a seven-game losing run), and were also winless in eight of their preceding eleven appearances at this venue.
On top of that, their opposite number were unbeaten in 14 of their previous 16 overall games, and are on an unbeaten run of five road trips.
Considering these stats, expect a convincing win by Barcelona this Sunday.
Alaves vs Barcelona: Betting Tips
Barcelona to Win @ 1.50 (1/2)
Barcelona to Score in Second Half @ 1.40 (2/5).