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Alaves will be at Spotify Camp Nou on Sunday for the La Liga fixture with home side Barcelona.
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Barcelona will be looking to improve on their last outing here after a 1-0 Champions League defeat in their last game at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk.
In that game, Barcelona had 68% possession and 14 shots at goal with 1 on target. Shakhtar Donetsk got 9 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Danylo Sikan (40') was the scorer for Shakhtar Donetsk.
Xavi Hernández's Barcelona have seen rewards for their attempts on goal 7 times over their preceding 6 outings. The corresponding number of goals that have been scored against them in that same time is 6.
Going into this contest, Barcelona haven't lost in the league to Alaves in their previous 11 games. Quite a long unbeaten run against them.
Alaves will come into the meeting following a 1-0 La Liga win versus UD Almería in their last match.
In that match, Alaves had 56% possession and 23 shots at goal with 3 on target. The scorer for Alaves was Aleksandar Sedlar (79'). On the other side, Almeria had 9 shots at goal with 3 on target.
Showing their penchant for high-scoring matches, the back of the net has been hit 20 times in the previous 6 games in which Alaves have sent out their troops, yielding a mean average of 3.33 goals per clash. Their opponents have managed 6 of this grand total. It will be interesting to find out if that trend will end up being sustained here.
Their prior results show that Alaves:
- have left without a victory over Barcelona in away games against them for the last 5 league games. They'll be keen to stop this run.
- have not won away from home in their last 10 league matches. Who knows how long it might last, too.
Head to head
An inspection of their past head to head results stretching back to 21/12/2019 reveals that these encounters have been a source of anguish for Alaves. They’ve not been able to get any wins at all whereas Barcelona have been too good for them, finishing as winners in 67 per cent of those games played.
In all, 21 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 17 of them for Barça and 4 for Babazorros. The average goals per game has been 3.5.
The last league contest between the two was La Liga match day 22 on 23/01/2022 which finished with the scoreline of Alaves 0-1 Barcelona.
In that match, Alaves had 24% possession and 6 shots on goal with 2 of them on target.
Barcelona got 10 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Frenkie de Jong (87') scored.
The referee was Jorge Figueroa Vázquez.
Team News: Barcelona
Sergi Roberto (Muscle injury) and Frenkie de Jong (ankle sprain) will be missing for Barcelona gaffer Xavi Hernández. Gavi cannot play in this game through suspension.
It seems likely that Barça will possibly opt for a 4-3-3 formation for this game with M. ter Stegen, Joao Cancelo, Jules Kounde, Inigo Martinez, Alex Balde, Fermin Lopez, Ilkay Gundogan, Pedri, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Joao Felix.
Team News: Alaves
Owing to a fully healthy group available to choose from, the Alaves manager Luis García Plaza has no fitness worries to report coming into this clash.
We’re of the thinking that Babazorros seem likely to begin the game with a 4-2-3-1 formation, starting the game with Antonio Sivera, Andoni Gorosabel, Abdelkabir Abqar, Rafa Marin, Ruben Duarte, Ander Guevara, Antonio Blanco, Alex Sola, Jon Guridi, Luis Rioja and Samuel Omorodion.
In our opinion, Barcelona will probably dominate possession and create several successful chances.
At the same time, Alaves could well find it tough to score but we do fancy them converting at least once here, too.
Therefore, we are anticipating a pretty comfortable 3-1 winning margin for Barcelona by the time that the referee blows the final whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Spotify Camp Nou (99,354)
Captain: Sergi Roberto
Chairman: Joan Laporta
Manager: Xavi Hernández
Competitions: La Liga position 3, Champions League (Group H)
🔑 Star Player: Robert Lewandowski
Customarily used in the Striker position, Robert Lewandowski was born in Warsaw, Poland. After having made a senior debut playing for Lech Poznań in the 2008 - 2009 season, the skilful Forward has got 5 league goals in the LaLiga 2023 - 2024 campaign so far from a total of 10 appearances.