Alaves vs Valencia
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 5 January 2019
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK / 16:15 CET
Venue: Estadio de Mendizorroza (Vitoria-Gazteiz).
Valencia began the season in a slow fashion, but they finally saw somewhat of a rise in form in December. The Bats won three and drew two of past five games in all competitions and they broke into the top half of the league ladder as a consequence. They sit 8th coming into Saturday’s tie against Deportivo Alaves away at Estadio de Mendizorroza.
The hosts well confounded pre-season expectations as they sit sky-high 5th in La Liga standings halfway through the season. This is mainly thanks to impressive performances on the home patch where Alaves are yet to suffer a defeat this term. Abelardo’s men won four and drew four of eight home ties in the season conceding just five goals in the process.
Alaves vs Valencia: Head-to-head
Valencia will rely on the head to head tradition here.
They won 12, drew 3 and lost 3 of 18 meetings with Babazorros.
These two sides met each other four times last season and the Bats came on top on all occasions, including a double-header in Copa del Rey quarter-final.
Interestingly, all of last six head to head outings saw goals scored at both ends.
Alaves vs Valencia: Prediction
Valencia managed to steal the victory against the rock-bottomed Huesca in their final fixture of 2018. It was defender Cristiano Piccini who made the difference netting a stunning strike from outside the box in the fourth minute of the added time at Mestalla.
The Bats could, however, struggle attacking here knowing they’ll be up against a stubborn defense of Alaves’. The hosts did not concede a single goal in last two league games against Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad.
The value is definitely with the hosts who are unbeaten in front of the home crowd this season. They are 1.61 to maintain such a phenomenal thread. Under 2.5 goals FT is an alternative betting option which can be backed at the odds of 1.53.
Alaves vs Valencia: Bet Tips
Alaves or Draw @ 1.61 (8/13)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.53 (8/15).