Having suffered a defeat in the last match, top-six-chasing Deportivo Alaves will be looking to return to winning ways when they host Leganes in a La Liga match at Mendizorroza Stadium, in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, on Friday night (IST).
What competition it is? La Liga
Teams: Deportivo Alaves and Leganes
Kick Off: Sunday 07 April
Match Timing: 03:30 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Mendizorroza Stadium (19,840)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream select La Liga matches in India. Fans can also catch the live action on SonyLiv App.
Twelve wins, 8 draws and 10 losses; that is how Deportivo Alaves have performed so far in the league this season. As things stand, they sit at 7th on the legaue table, just three points behind the Champions League places.
Indeed, manager Abelardo Fernández deserves a lot of credit for the success El Glorioso are enjoying this season. He has transformed the club, instilling the belief within the squad and turning them into a side which has punched above its weight for the most part of the season.
One of the best aspects of Alaves is their tenacity on the ground. The hunger to achieve the desired results is quite evident when Jonny and Co. are in action.
Despite the lack of goals in Alaves, they are very hard to beat. Part of that because of their sturdy defense line which has conceded just 37 times in 30 games. That may seem like a negative return, but it is indeed impressive if you consider that the Babazorros have scored a meager 31 goals this season, league’s 3rd lowest goals tally.
Talking about the form, Alaves are coming into this match on the back of two straight defeats which has cost them a place in the top-six. Those two defeats came against Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, by a combined scoreline of 0-6. To be true, those results were somewhat expected and there’s nothing uncanny about those losses.
What will be strange at the end of the season is if Alaves manage to hold on to their current position on the table.
Leganes, meanwhile, can already plan for another season in La Liga. They are sitting pretty high on the table, 12th, and 10 points away from the relegation zone. For a team which finished the last two campaigns at 17th, it’s a significant rise.
Manager Mauricio Pellegrino has done a wonderful job with the limited sources and it was needed for him personally after his disastrous spell with Southampton stained his profile.
Guido Carrillo scored a 96th-minute winner against Rayo Vallecano in the last game which brought Leganes closer to the Champions League places than the bottom three.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Deportivo Alaves –D W D W L L
Leganes – D W L L W W
ALA vs LEG Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Deportivo Alaves vs Leganes Team News:
Injured – Two players in the shape of Borgui and Guillermo Maripan are out for Alaves. There are no other injury concerns for the hosts.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Alaves will be welcoming back attacking midfielder Manu Garcia from suspension. He is expected to start the match.
Manager Abelardo Fernández may look to make a change to his playing 11 after two subpar performances. Rodrigo Ely should start at the back, while and Ximo Navarro is expected to start ahead of Martin at right-back.
Key Players – Jonny, Jonathan Calleri
Injured – As for Leganes, Youssef En-Nesyri is the only player out injured.
Suspended – Last match’s hero Guido Carrillo decided to take his shirt off after scoring a 96th winner, receiving a yellow card in the process. But it was his fifth booking and as a result, the 27-year-old striker is suspended for the match.
Questionable – Alexander Szymanowski is carrying a knock and will be assessed ahead of the match.
Note: Martin Braithwaite returns from suspension and should start up front in the absence of suspended Carrillo. Rodri Tarin is expected to get preference at the back ahead of Kenneth Omeruo.
Key Players – Oscar Rodriguez, Martin Braithwaite
ALA vs LEG Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Deportivo Alaves– Pacheco (GK), Navarro, Ely, Laguardia, Duarte, Inui, Manu Garcia, Tomas Pina, Jony, John Guidetti, Jonathan Calleri
Leganes– Cuellar (GK), Tarin, Siovas, Bustinza, Juanfran, Perez, Recio, Silva, Rodriguez, Braithwaite, Santos
ALA vs LEG Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Deportivo Alaves are favorites to win the match.
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