Looking at Alaves vs Espanyol Prediction, Alaves play host to Espanyol at Estadio de Mendizorroza.
This game may not be the most exciting match in La Liga this weekend, but it will be interesting to see how these two teams play in the next game, because it can indicate more about their fate at the end of the season. The visitors came to this match as favorites, after they had a pretty good start to the season under the care of a new boss, Rubi.
In his last two jobs in La Liga, Rubi was fired by Levante and dropped caste with Sporting Gijon. But he then did a very good job in the Segunda division with Huesca last season. He successfully promoted Huesca to La Liga this season. Now with Espanyol, Rubi managed to deliver his new team to four points from two difficult opening matches, a draw against Celta Vigo and a 2-0 win at home to Valencia.
While Alaves, they are still handled by Abelardo, who have done quite brilliant work in guiding them to stay in La Liga. However, Alaves had a difficult start to the season, which was allegedly due to losing confidence after being beaten Barcelona in the inaugural match. Then facing Real Betis at the end of last week at home games, Alaves was only able to reap a draw.
On paper, Alaves looks worse than Espanyol. However, we can be sure if the match will take place quite interestingly, because this is a good opportunity for the home team to win their first 3 points in the new season.
Alaves himself has not scored a goal this season and has lost their best striker last season, namely Munir who has returned to Barcelona. Now Alaves will hope their new signing, Borja Bastón, can be brilliant in the match.
So far Alaves does not look like a team that can score a lot of goals. While Espanyol, they have proved they can beat Valencia. They have also conceded just 3 goals in the last 7 matches in the league, and therefore, they may be able to keep Alaves' attackers calm throughout the game.
So far Espanyol have become a more impressive team from Alaves. Therefore, supporting the victory for the visitors is very worthy of consideration.
Meanwhile, Alaves is likely to return to a 4-4-2 formation, with Ruben Sobrino and Borja Baston on the front lines. Jonathan Calleri is likely to make his debut from the bench in this match.
On the other hand, Espanyol probably will not change many starters in this match, after winning over Valencia last week. Currently, Sergio Sánchez is the only player they have suffered from injury.
Possible line up Alaves vs Espanyol:
Alaves: F. Pacheco, M. Aguirregabiria, R. Duarte, M. Wakaso, V. Laguardia, G. Maripán, I. Gómez, M. García, R. Sobrino, B. Bastón, Jony
Espanyol: D. López, J. López, D. Vilá, M. Roca, D. López, M. Hermoso, L. Baptistao, S. Darder, B. Iglesias, E. Granero, S. García
Alaves's Last Match:
08/08/18 CLF Alaves 1 - 0 Real Oviedo
08/08/18 CLF Real Sociedad 1-2 Alaves
12/08/18 CLF Huesca 2 - 1 Alaves
08/19/18 LAL Barcelona 3 - 0 Alaves
08/25/18 LAL Alaves 0-0 Real Betis
Alaves vs Espanyol Head to Head:
SLL 04-04-2018 Espanyol 0: 0 Deportivo Alaves
SLL 11-11-2017 Deportivo Alaves 1: 0 Espanyo
SLL 04-04-2017 Espanyol 1: 0 Deportivo Alaves
SLL 11-11-2016 Deportivo Alaves 0: 1 Espanyol
SCdR 12-12-2014 Espanyol 1: 0 Deportivo Alaves
SCdR 02-12-2014 Deportivo Alaves 0: 2 Espanyol
Espanyol's Last Match:
08/08/18 CLF Burnley 0-2 Espanyol
08/08/18 CLF Gimnàstic 0 - 2 Espanyol
08/08/18 CLF Borussia M'gla 1 - 3 Espanyol
08/18/18 LAL Celta de Vigo 1 - 1 Espanyol
08/26/18 LAL Espanyol 2-0 Valencia