ATH vs ALA Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Team News, Playing 11
Deportivo Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
When: December 18, 01:30 AM, IST
Where: Mendizorroza Stadium
ATH vs ALA Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Deportivo Alaves will be aiming to end their four-game winless streak when they host a struggling Athletic Bilbao at Mendizorroza Stadium, in Vitoria-Gasteiz in La Liga, tomorrow on Monday night (IST).
The Monday night football will see Alaves playing host to Athletic Bilbao and a chance for them to kill the current streak which is starting to reveal the weakness in the team.
A run of just one win in the last five league games, three of which ended in losses, including the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid in the last match, gave way to other teams to sneak past them into the Champions League places. And for the first time this season, Alaves find themselves sitting outside the top-4 after last week’s results.
Manager Abelardo Fernández has done a remarkable job at the club and after such a strong start, failure to finish in the top-6 will be seen as a setback for both him and the club.
Goals have been the problems for Deportivo, the 1-0 scoreline remains their favourite. They have scored just 18 goals in the first 15 games, to conceding 17 times and that’s more than one goal per game.
But it’s a derby. Athletic Bilbao are struggling and Alaves will not find an easier chance than this to strike a deadly blow to their more esteemed opponents.
For Athletic Bilbao, the season couldn’t have been more scaringly haunting than it is right now. For a club of that size which is always seen as a powerhouse and big enough to break into the top 6 or top 4 on a regular basis, a relegation right is the last battleground.
But the Basque giants had to take a big decision and sacked manager Eduardo Berizzo just eight months into the job, bringing in the “exorcist” Gaizka Garitano as their new custodian.
And the start couldn’t have been more dramatic and beautiful, something which looked out of some poetic script, as veteran striker beat Girona 1-0 last weekend in Garitano’s first game as the manager of this club. While for Aduriz this was the first goal of this La Liga season which he scored from the penalty spot.
The win was huge for Bilbao as they moved to 18th in the table, level on points with another fallen giant Villarreal who are sitting outside the relegation zone only on goal difference.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Deportivo Alaves – L W L D L L
Athletic Bilbao – L D W L W W
ATH vs ALA Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Deportivo Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao Team News:
Injured – Rodrigo Ely and Darko Brasanac both have been ruled out for the hosts with injuries.
Suspended – None
Questionable – None at the moment.
Note: Despite Alaves’ recent struggles, manager Abelardo Fernández is expected not to make wholesale changes to his squad.
Key Players – Calleri, Jony
Injured – No player has been ruled out from the match as yet.
Suspended – Left-back Yuri missed the last match through suspension and is expected to start the match at his natural position.
Questionable – Mikel Balenziaga and Mikel Rico both have been listed as questionable and will be assessed ahead of the match.
Note: Oscar De Marcos could be preferred at right-back with Ander Capa making way.
Key Players – Muniain, Williams
ATH vs ALA Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Deportivo Alaves– Pacheco (GK), Aguirregabiria, Navarro, Laguardia, Duarte, Garcia, Pina, Wakaso, Gomez, Calleri, Jony
Athletic Bilbao– Herrerin (GK), Marcos, Alvarez, Martinez, Yuri, Garcia, Extebarria, Williams, Garcia, Muniain, Aduriz
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ATH vs ALA Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
Alaves have some good attacking players while Bilbao also boasts some technically gifted players.
For Alaves, Jony plays behind the striker and can come up with the goals as well. While Mani Garcia and Gomez will be there in the mid. Muniain and Benat are the mainstays in Bilbao’s midfield.
Not many changes here. However, we have changed our striker with Calleri replacing Sobrino.
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
This will be a lively encounter as it has a derby tempo and both the teams need to win the match at any cost. But Alaves are on the rise, from at least since last season and they won the last fixture as well, beating Bilbao 3-1 in May.
And since Alaves are at home we are backing them to earn at least a point from this match.
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