Barcelona vs. Alaves Spanish La Liga Predictions, Picks and Betting Tips 7-19-2020
Barcelona (24-7-6) vs. Alaves (10-9-18)
Spanish La Liga soccer on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM ET
Venue: Estadio Mendizorrotza, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
The Line: Barcelona -175/ Draw +313/ Alaves +418; O/U 2.75
TV: beIN Sport Max, CMore Live, Digi Sport 3, Look Sport and Telekom Sport
Alaves (WDLLL) will meet Barcelona (LWWWD) in the final round of the Spanish La Liga Santander at the Estadio Mendizorrotza in Vitoria-Gasteiz during the weekend.
Alaves ended their 7 games winless streak in a last time out narrow 2-1 win against Real Betis, their second win since league restart, which ended by the same goal margin. The hosts’ win has guaranteed them a spot in the next La Liga competition as they are 4 points away from the relegation zone with only one match remaining. Coming into this game, Alaves holds the 15th position with 39 points, tied with Real Valladolid. Overall, they have recorded 10 wins, 9 draws, and 18 losses. In their last game, Alaves’ forward Joselu netted the opener in the 51th-minute followed by Rodrigo Ely’s 76th-minute strike to double the lead for Alaves. However, Loren got a late consolation goal for Real Betis after one of their men was sent off for talking out of turn on the referee. Alaves recorded 27% ball possession and 8 goal attempts.
Roberto will appear for the 8th time this season for Alaves. Roberto has sported 19 saves, 2 clean sheets, and 38 goals allowed. On offense, Alaves’ offense will be led by Joselu. He has netted the opener last time out and has been Alavés’ first goalscorer in the last seven games he’s found the net. Joselu has recorded 11 goals, the team’s highest, and 2 assists in 35 appearances.
In contrast, Barcelona’s 10 games unbeaten run was snapped in a tough 90-minute fight against Osasuna in their last time out after suffering a 2-1 defeat, their first loss since league restart and their first defeat at Camp Nou in two consecutive La Liga seasons. The defeat is also their second defeat seeing them concede two goals. Occupying the second position with 79 points, Barcelona has failed in their title defense after losing the title to Real Madrid yesterday. Barca has recorded 24 wins, 7 draws, and 6 losses. In their last game, Jose Manuel netted the first goals for Osasuna in the 15th-minute. In the 61st-minute, Lionel Messi scored an equalizer for Barca, but Roberto Toress’ late stunner got Osasuna the lead.
In front of the net for Barcelona is Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The German goalie has allowed 36 goals, and he has recorded 81 saves and 14 clean sheets. League’s top-scorer, Lionel Messi, is a key player to watch out for in Barcelona’s lineup. Messi netted Barcelona’s consolation in midweek and has scored an average of 1.00 goals per head-to-head he’s played. Overall, Messi has recorded 23 goals and 20 assists in 32 appearances.
Alaves have quite a terrible record against the visitors. They have not recorded any win against Barcelona since 2001, while their last eight meetings saw them concede at least two goals. Also, Barcelona thrashed them by 4-1 in their last meeting earlier this season. Alaves has recorded 7 wins out of 18 home games and have lost three home games in a row, which has them in the 13th position. Barcelona’s stunning away game record keeps them in the third position. They have recorded 8 wins, and 5 draws in 18 La Liga away games.
Coach: Quique Setién
Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Players: Gerard Pique, N. Semedo, Clement Lenglet, Junior Firpo, S. Roberto, Ivan Rakitic, Riqui Puig, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and M. Braithwaite
Coach: Asier Garitano
Players: Rodrigo Ely, V. Laguardia, Adrian Marin, Tachi, V. Camarasa, L. Fejsa, Oliver Burke, Luis Rioja, Lucas Perez and Joselu
Prediction: Take Barcelona -175
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