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  • Alaves have won only one of their last five league fixtures.
  • Osasuna’s away matches have featured an average of 2.4 goals per game this season. 
  • These sides have drawn a combined 19 league matches this term.

Lack of incentive for both sides points to draw

Both clear of the drop zone and too far off the European places, Alaves and Osasuna are in no-man’s land in La Liga and must be cautious of complacency in their remaining fixtures.

Neither side have looked sharp since the restart with Osasuna having claimed one point since the resumption and Alaves losing two of their three matches.

Their latest match saw them ripped apart 6-0 by a Celta Vigo side in survival mode, although two of their goals came from the spot and Alaves played just over an hour of the contest with ten men after Martin Aguirregabiria was sent off.

They won their last home game 2-0 against Real Sociedad, denying their opponents a single shot on target, and will be looking to make themselves tough to break down against Osasuna.

Osasuna reliant on solid defence

The Pamplona outfit do have the likes of Chimy Avila, Roberto Torres and Ruben Garcia to call on in the final third but their game has been built around a solid rearguard, regularly consisting of five defenders, and they are unlikely to leave as much space to exploit as top-heavy Real Sociedad.

They have only won eight contests this season but they have been involved in 11 stalemates this season, which has given their points tally enough of a boost that they look clear of relegation this term.

They have been particularly disciplined on their travels conceding only 21 goals in their 15 away matches, only two fewer goals than title-chasing Barcelona.

Do not anticipate flurry of goals at Mendizorroza

Neither side has incentive to throw everything at this game and with the resumption still in its infancy, the chances are the tempo of the game could be rather slow.

That points to a share of the spoils with a draw and under 2.5 goals the best match prediction at the Mendizorroza.

Convincing defeats for Alaves on the road to Espanyol and Celta Vigo recently do, however, reduce the chance of a goalless draw and 1-1 could be the best correct score prediction.

Alaves have seen that scoreline in games with Real Betis, Sevilla, Leganes and Valencia since the turn of the year, while Osasuna’s first match after the break against Real Sociedad also finished 1-1.


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