Real Valladolid can move out of the bottom three when they play Deportivo Alaves in La Liga at Mendizorroza Stadium, in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, on Friday night (IST).
What competition it is? La Liga
Teams: Deportivo Alaves and Real Valladolid
Kick Off: Saturday 20 April
Match Timing: 12:30 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Mendizorroza Stadium (19,840)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream UEFA Champions League matches in India.
Having gone four games without a win, Deportivo Alaves can do with all three-points in this match.
That return of just one point in the last four games has left Alaves at 8th on the table. While just a few weeks back they were riding high in the league, very much in contention for the Champions League places.
But Alaves were overachieving, and their manager Abelardo Fernández accepted this simple fact. He was quick to point out that his team doesn't have the talent to sustain continuous pressure on the top-4 rivals. As mentioned above they are now out of the Europa League places.
However, a win here against the relegation-threatened Real Valladolid will take them up to seventh place on the table. And there is every chance that Alaves could still play in Europe next season as they sit just four points adrift of Valencia in sixth.
Meanwhile, Real Valladolid are fighting a totally different battle. For they are in the midst of a relegation struggle. Their form is a cause for concern for their fans and manager, having picked up just two points in the last four games.
They dropped down into the relegation zone after a frustrating 2-2 draw at home to Getafe. And it was a big opportunity missed as Valladolid were a goal and a man up for the last half an hour or so. But they conceded a 96th-minute penalty, which Jorge Molina converted to level the score for Getafe.
Though both the sides are out of form heading into this match, it's Alaves who will be starting as favorites in this game. For one reason that they have an impressive home record this season, having lost just twice in the last 16 games at Mendizorroza Stadium.
While Valladolid have reasons of their own to feel optimistic ahead of this match as 54% of their points have come away from home.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Deportivo Alaves – D W L L D L
Real Valladolid – L W D L L D
ALA vs VLD Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Deportivo Alaves vs Real Valladolid Team News:
Injured – Borgui will be missing the game for the hosts through injury.
Suspended – Left-back Rubén Duarte and center-back Víctor Laguardia both picked up a yellow card each in the 2-1 loss to Espanyol, and are suspended due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Questionable – None.
Note: Alaves are set to welcome Tomas Pina and Martin Aguirregabiria back from suspension. The former will be playing in the midfield, while the latter is set to fill in at the left-back for the suspended Ruben Duarte. Also, Guillermo Maripan is expected to start at the heart of the defense.
Key Players – Jonathan Calleri, Borja Baston
Injured – As for Real Valladolid, the injury list is big. As many as five players are out for the visitors. Luismi, Anuar Mohamed, Stiven Plaza, Pablo Hervias and Duje Cop are all out injured.
Suspended – Ruben Alcaraz will be serving a one-game ban for the away side.
Questionable – None. Javi Moyano was a doubt before the match but he hasn't been named in the squad by the manager. So he misses out as well.
Note: Borja Fernandez and Michel could start in the midfield of the park. Since Javi Moyano misses out, Antonito returns at right-back for Real Valladolid.
Key Players – Enes Unal, Sergi Guardiola
ALA vs VLD Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Deportivo Alaves– Pacheco (GK), Ximo Navarro, Guillermo Maripan, Rodrigo Ely, Martin Aguirregabiria, Takashi Inui, Mubarak Wakaso, Tomas Pina, Jony, Borja Baston, Jonathan Calleri
Real Valladolid– Jordi Masip (GK), Javi Moyano, Kiko Olivas, Fernando Calero, Nacho, Oscar Plano, Borja Fernandez, Nichel, Kiko, Segi Guardiola, Enes Unal
ALA vs VLD Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Deportivo Alaves are favorites to win the match.
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