Deportivo Alaves vs Malaga
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 16th October 2016,
Kick-Off at 11:00 UK.
Venue: Estadio Mendizorrotza, Vitoria-Gasteiz.
The newly promoted Deportivo Alaves have shown that they are a hard working side and won’t be intimidated by the higher ranked sides in the league. After 7 matchdays they have managed 2 wins and 3 draws and with 9 points they are 12th in the league table. They made an excellent start to the season by surprising everyone by holding Atletico Madrid to a draw and winning against Barcelona in their first two away games. But they lost their next two away games, the latest against Sevilla by a narrow 2-1 margin. At the same time, they are unbeaten at home in 3 matches with 2 draws and a win.
The pressure keep mounting on Malaga and Juande Ramos as they suffered yet another defeat. This time away from home to a Real Betis who are also struggling to find some consistency in their game. The Albicelestes have managed back-to-back wins in their last two home fixtures, which remains their only wins so far this season. While they lost and drawn 1 each from the previous two home fixtures. But away from, they are on a two match winning run and are on a three match win-less run.
Alaves vs Malaga: Head-to-Head Stats
The previous four meetings between these two sides were all won by Malaga and that too with the same 1-0 margin. However, these meetings are dated behind the calendar year 2008.
While Alaves have tasted victory only once in the last 9 meetings with Malaga, while they lost 6 and drawn 2 during the period.
Malaga have won in 3 of the last 5 visits to Alaves and lost twice. And four of those five meetings have seen under 1.5 goals.
Alaves vs Malaga: Prediction
This is expected to be another tough ask for a Malaga who are struggling to get points while playing away from home. And the kind of pressure they are in due to the poor start to the season could hinder their chances. While Alaves are a side with an intention to safeguard their status as a La Liga side at the end of the current season. They have made a satisfying start to the season and some good results on the way have improved their confidence and team morale. They are unbeaten at home this season and could be backed to get at least a point from this fixture.
Alaves vs Malaga: Betting Tips
- Double Chance – Alaves or Draw at 1.40 (2/5)
- Under 2.5 goals at 1.50 (1/2).