Deportivo Alaves vs Espanyol
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Deportivo Alaves vs Espanyol | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
With the bottom three clubs well adrift of the rest towards the end of last season, Alaves enjoyed a fairly comfortable ride to finish in 14th place. They amassed a total of 47 points and won or lost the bulk of their games, recording only two draws all season. If Alaves could turn some of those defeats into draws, it could see them move up the table this season. Espanyol finished 2 points ahead of Alaves last season and that was good enough to see them end the campaign in 11th place. Espanyol have been in La Liga for over 20 years but have struggled to finish above mid-table in recent years. Winning games like this would enhance their credentials of European qualification.
This will be Alaves’ second home match of the season and they will be aiming to give their fans more entertainment than their first outing. Alaves pride themselves on being tough to beat at the Estadio de Mendizorroza but slipped to a couple of poor defeats at the end of last season. A win here would mean they have made a good start to the season. Espanyol will be eager to continue from where they left off away from home last season. Including the draw with Celta Vigo earlier this season, Espanyol have won three and drawn one of their last four away La Liga matches. However, they struggled for much of last season on the road and will want to make a better start to this campaign.
Alaves started the 2018/19 La Liga season with a 3-0 defeat at Barcelona. Playing the defending champions on the opening day of the season away from home is less than ideal and Alaves will be pleased that game is out of the way. The 0-0 draw at home against Real Betis last weekend was an improvement but Alaves will want to record their first win of the season before the international break.
Espanyol have made a promising start to the new La Liga season and took a point from the away trip to Celta Vigo in a 1-1 draw. Espanyol build on their point with a good 2-0 home win over Valencia. This was a great way to start the season in-front of their own fans and a win over a top four team from last season will build confidence ahead of this game.
Deportivo Alaves vs Espanyol | Head-to-Head
Alaves and Espanyol last met in La Liga last season and Alaves won the home match 1-0 and picked up a point in a 0-0 draw at Espanyol. The teams have met 8 times in recent history and Espanyol hold the upper hand, having won 4 times, with 3 draws.
Odds and Predictions
The bookmakers are having a difficult time separating these two teams in the odds. Espanyol have made the better start to the season and have a good recent away record but Alaves took 4 points off them last season. Alaves are the slight outsiders priced at 2.80 while Espanyol are available at 2.62. the draw is on offer at 3.10. The most notable thing about Espanyol’s recent away record is their defence and they have conceded just one goal in their last four away games. Alaves failed to find the back of the net in their first home game of the season and under 2.5 goals is 1.50. Borja Iglesias scored 22 goals for Real Zaragoza in the Segunda Division last season and has already got off the mark for his new team, Espanyol, this season. The Spanish striker is 5.50 to opening the scoring.
Deportivo Alaves vs Espanyol | Top Betting Tip: Draw (1-1)
The bookmakers are struggling to split these teams for good reason. With Alaves playing at home they appear to be evenly matched and there is little to choose between them. This game could end level, with under 2.5 goals being scored.