Home Deportivo Alaves

11/03/2018 Kick Off:  8:00 pm Mendizorroza V Predicted Score:2 - 1

Away Real Betis

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.

Team News

Deportivo Alaves' Last Six:

Won: 4  Lost: 2 Drawn: 0

Alaves have an injury concern over midfielder Daniel Torres, and if the Colombian is not fit, Manu Garcia and Alvaro Medran are on standby to step in.

Real Betis' Last Six:

Won: 3 Lost: 2 Drawn: 1

Real Betis also only have one main injury concern, in Mexican international Andres Guardado. The former Valencia and PSV Eindhoven man has missed the last three games through injury.

Deportivo Alaves vs Real Betis Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

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.

Predicted Score: Deportivo Alaves 2 - 1 Real Betis

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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.