Deportivo Alaves vs Sporting Gijon: Preview and Prediction

Deportivo Alaves vs Sporting Gijon
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 28 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 17:15 UK
Venue: Estadio de Mendizorroza (Vitoria-Gasteiz).

Deportivo Alaves announced their arrival to the Spanish La Liga in dramatic fashion as they held Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw. They were on the back-foot for the entire game, but hardly gave their opponents any clear cut chance to score. It took until the third minute of added extra time for Madrid to break the deadline through a dubious penalty from Kevin Gameiro, but two minutes later Manu Garcia scored a stunner to steal away a point from the title hopefuls.

Sporting Gijon were expected to struggle in their opening league game against Athletic Bilbao. But they grabbed a surprise 2-1 win to kick-off their season in style. After a goal-less and drab first half, Duje Cop broke the deadline in the 50th minute and then Victor Rodriguez handed Bilbao another blow within three minutes. Borja Viguera scored the consolation goal for Bilbao in the final minutes of the match, but it was already too late.

Deportivo Alaves vs Sporting Gijon: Head-to-Head

  • The teams met in a club friendly on 31th July 2016, which was won by Alaves by a 1-0 margin.
  • Their last competitive meeting can be dated back to April 2015 in a Segunda Division fixture which was won by Gijon at their home ground.
  • Gijon are unbeaten in the last three competitive meetings with Alaves with 2 wins and a draw. Alaves have failed to score in each of those three meetings.
  • Alaves are unbeaten in the last four home fixtures against Gijon, while three of those are draws.

Deportivo Alaves vs Sporting Gijon: Prediction

Deportivo Alaves have salvaged an all important point against a strong Atletico Madrid on the opening day of the new league season. But they failed to register a single shot on goal until the equalizer and sacrificed possession for majority of the game. Taking the game back to home, they are expected to play a much expansive game. While Sporting are also high on confidence after they defeated Bilbao, but they haven’t won at Alaves in the last four visits. All these facts are leading to a low scoring draw on Sunday evening. However, Alaves could be backed on a double chance on the basis of home advantage and a good head-to-head record.

Deportivo Alaves vs Sporting Gijon: Tips

Double Chance – Alaves/Draw at 1.30.
Under 2.5 goals at 1.53.