Deportivo Alaves

V

Mendizorroza

11/03/2018 | 8:00 pm

Real Betis

V

Mendizorroza

11/03/2018 | 8:00 pm

In a sentence: A resurgent Alaves side welcome Real Betis to the Basque Country this weekend in what could be a highlight of La Liga on Sunday night.

Last time: Betis beat Alaves 2-0 at home earlier this season, with Antonio Sanabria and an own goal from Alexis Ruano decisive for the hosts.

This time: The positive recent form of Alaves is reflected in their 21/20 odds to win this, with visitors Real Betis at 14/5 and a draw at 11/5.

You might remember: Former Spanish international defender Abelardo Fernandez is the current boss of Alaves, after being appointed in December 2017.

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Alaves welcome Real Betis to Mendizorroza after a fine run of form that seems to have staved off the threat of relegation

Following the appointment of Abelardo as manager three months ago, Alaves have risen from the relegation zone to a strong mid-table position. They have lost five games since he came in, but three of those were against Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

Real Betis are also in good recent form, losing just twice in their last five games. Both of those defeats came against top four sides – Valencia and Real Madrid – seeing them up to 10th in the table.

This is one of the most difficult fixtures to predict in La Liga this weekend, and could be one of the most entertaining to watch, with both sides looking in good shape.

Alaves’ home form has been particularly strong under Abelardo, unbeaten in all 10 of their games at Mendizorroza, winning nine and drawing one in all competitions. That should give them a real edge and a boost in confidence, and a home win is at 21/20.

With seven goals in their last five games Alaves are also capable of scoring goals against anyone in La Liga, as are Real Betis, who have eight in their last five games – including three against Real Madrid. This game is set for goals, and an over 2.5 total goals bet is priced at 17/20.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Munir El Haddadi, who is on loan at Alaves from Barcelona. He has been a key man for the Basque side this season, and is their leading scorer with six goals in La Liga.

Despite a recent suspension, he is also bang in form, with four goals in his last seven games for Alaves.

He is at 11/2 to score first against Real Betis on Saturday.

2

We fancy:

The force of Alaves’ home form has been the main feature of Abelardo’s tenure, as they have made life tough for every visiting side.

Even against an experienced side like Real Betis, they should be able to make home advantage count to the full and pick up all three points.

A 2-1 win, which would be the fourth 2-1 Alaves would be involved in in their last eight matches, is priced at 8/1.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Real Betis have the services of Swansea City defender Jordi Amat on loan for the season, yet despite some positive performances, he has also been sent off twice.

He is one of just three players to be dismissed twice in La Liga this season, while hosts Alaves have had three players sent off already this season.

There’s potential for a red card in this game, and it is priced at 15/4.

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Written by Feargal Brennan

Feargal Brennan is a long-suffering Everton fan who turned to European football for respite from the Toffees’ struggles. A frequent radio contributor, Feargal writes on football and betting and is an expert in how to cope when you support a forever frustrating football team.