Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Barcelona will be looking to bounce back from a heart-breaking loss to Real Madrid when they take on Deportivo Alaves at Estadio Mendizorrotza on Saturday evening. Barca have been struggling in La Liga ever since the club chiefs sold several first-team regulars, but Leo Messi and Co. are still seen as hot favourites to beat Alaves behind closed doors. Alaves suit Barcelona, and you should bear in mind that the Catalan giants emerged triumphant in each of their last encounters with the Basque outfit.
Antoine Griezmann is widely expected to return to the starting XI after he came as a substitute for Anssumane Fati in “El Clasico”. Gerard Pique, on the other hand, returns from the Champions League ban. Alaves did well to beat Valladolid on the road at the weekend, but it has to be noted that Nacho was sent off for La Pucela after just 20 minutes. Anyhow, the Basque outfit face an uphill task in Saturday’s showdown.
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