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Espanyol are the guests at Estadio Mendizorrotza on Wednesday for the La Liga clash with home side Alaves.
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Alaves will be hoping to bounce back here following a 4-0 La Liga defeat in their last game at the hands of Celta Vigo.
In that match, Alaves managed 33% possession and 3 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target. At the other end, Celta de Vigo had 14 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Galhardo (6'), Iago Aspas (34', 66') and Franco Cervi (57') scored for Celta Vigo.
It’s been all too rare in recent games that Alaves have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that Alaves have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 games, giving up 12 goals during that time.
Leading up to this clash, Alaves:
- haven't beaten Espanyol in their last 4 matches in the league.
- are unbeaten in their last 2 league matches at home.
In their previous game, Espanyol drew 1-1 in the La Liga match with Osasuna.
In that game, Espanyol managed 51% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 3 on target. The only player to score for Espanyol was Nico Melamed (67'). On the other side, CA Osasuna had 13 shots at goal with 5 on target. Kike Barja (42') scored for Osasuna.
The stats don’t lie, and Espanyol have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 9 goals in all. Defensively, Espanyol just haven’t been too solid at all. That aside, we will just have to wait and see whether that trend shall be sustained in this match.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Espanyol:
- haven't beaten Alaves when they've played them away from home in the last 3 league matches.
- have not won away from home in their last 7 matches in the league.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head to head meetings going back to 01/04/2018 shows us that Alaves have won 1 of these games & Espanyol 3, with the tally of drawn games being 2.
An aggregate of 9 goals were produced between them in these games, with 3 from Babazorros and 6 created by Periquitos. That is an average goals per game value of 1.5.
The previous league fixture between the two was La Liga match day 6 on 22/09/2021 when it finished Espanyol 1-0 Alaves.
On that day, Espanyol managed 53% possession and 10 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Their only player to score was Raúl de Tomás (54').
At the other end, Alaves had 8 shots at goal with 2 of them on target.
The referee was Mario Melero López.
Team News: Alaves
The Alaves manager Julio Velázquez will be grateful to have no fitness worries to speak of coming into this clash with a fully injury-free squad available to select from.
We are thinking that Babazorros will probably line up in a 4-2-3-1 system for this one, handing starts to Fernando Pacheco, M. Aguirregabiria, Victor Laguardia, Florian Lejeune, Ruben Duarte, Mamadou Loum Ndiaye, Gonzalo Escalante, Jason, Manuel Vallejo, Luis Rioja and Joselu.
Team News: Espanyol
Thanks to a completely injury-free squad ready to go, the Espanyol manager Vicente Moreno does not have any fitness concerns at all coming into this match.
We reckon that Periquitos will likely elect for a 4-2-3-1 formation using Diego Lopez, Aleix Vidal, Fernando Calero, Sergi Gomez, Leandro Cabrera, Yangel Herrera, Sergi Darder, Tonny Vilhena, Nico Ribaudo, Javier Puado and Raul de Tomas.
In our opinion, Espanyol are certainly able to put a goal past this Alaves team, but it might not be enough to avoid a loss.
We think that it’s going to be a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 win for Alaves by the time that the referee blows the final whistle. We’ll have to see what happens.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Mendizorrotza (19,840)
Captain: Víctor Laguardia
Chairman: Alfonso Fernández
Manager: Julio Velázquez
Competitions: La Liga position 19
⭐ Star Man: Gonzalo Escalante
Mostly taking up the Centre Midfield position, Gonzalo Escalante was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Having played his first senior match for Boca Juniors in the 2012 - 2013 season, the dangerous Midfielder has managed 4 league goals in this LaLiga 2021 - 2022 season so far in a total of 15 appearances.