After a heated and goalless El Clasico, Barcelona will shift their focus as they host Deportivo Alaves at the Camp Nou stadium. The match is scheduled for 21st December with kickoff at 18:00 GMT.
It was a hectic week for the Catalans as they hosted long term rivals Real Madrid for the infamous El Clasico. Despite spews of brilliance and team spirit, it ended in a 0-0 draw. Despite the match ending in a draw, there was a lot of energy on the pitch given off by the players.
Coach Ernesto Valverde will be looking to re-energize his squad after putting on a spectacular midweek performance. Despite the draw, the Catalans remains at the top of the La Liga table with stiff competition from 2nd placed Real Madrid who are tied with points.
Alaves on the other hand, are currently 14th on the La Liga table having registered two wins in their last 6 matches. This comes off a strong last season performance which saw the side pose problems for the top 6 sides.
Will the Catalans have enough energy to pull off a win at Camp Nou after the El Clasico or will Coach Asier Garitano take advantage of the situation?
Barcelona vs. Deportivo Alaves Head to Head
Both teams have faced each other 13 times with the Catalans picking up the lion share with 11 wins. Alaves have only managed to pull off a single win with 1 game ending in a draw. Here is a look at their past 8 matches:
Alaves 0-2 Barcelona
Barcelona 3-0 Alaves
Barcelona 2-1 Alaves
Alaves 0-2 Barcelona
Alaves 0-6 Barcelona
Barcelona 1-2 Alaves
Barcelona 2-0 Alaves
Alaves 0-0 Barcelona
Barcelona Team News
Coach Valverde enjoyed a massive injury boost with the return of full backs Semedo and Jordi Alba who featured in the El Clasico. Legend Lionel Messi who missed a number of open chances in the El Clasico will be a doubt to feature.
Injury woes in the squad includes Arthur who picked up adductor problems which has ruled him out of four matches. In addition, winger Ousmane Dembele still remains on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury.
Deportivo Alaves Team News
The long term injury of Tomas Pina who picked up a fractured leg has been ruled out until April 2020. Attacking duo of Lucas Perez and Joselu have been the standout talents for Alaves each netting 8 goals and 7 goals respectively.
Prediction and Odds
The game is bound to be a low scoring game given the current form of the Catalans. Alaves pose a serious attacking and defensive threat.
Both teams to Score
Griezzman to score