Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Estadio Mendizorrotza will host Saturday’s football game between Deportivo Alaves and Villarreal, the two mid-table sides. Alaves aim to recover from a 3-1 loss to Barcelona and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against the Yellow Submarine. Defender Andoni Gorosabel is back from suspension, but there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The Yellow Submarine, on the other hand, failed to turn their dominance into goals in a goalless draw with Cadiz, but given their attacking potential with Gerard Moreno and Alexander Sorloth up front, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. All Alfonso Pedraza, Ramon Terrats, Dani Parejo, Yeremi Pino, and Denis Suarez remain in the recovery room, but Marcelino has no other selection problems ahead of the trip to Vitoria. It has to be noted that both teams managed to find the net in each of the previous ten meetings between the two sides.
Highlighted Player (Aissa Mandi):
Aissa Mandi is a product of Reims’ youth school. After playing eight matches for Reims II in the 2009/2010 season, he started playing for the first team in 2010. Mandi made his Reims debut against Le Havre on 20 August, 2010 and he remained at Stade Auguste Delaune until 30 June, 2016, when he decided to join Spanish side Real Betis.
The Algeria international, who was born in Chalons-en-Champagne, France, signed a five-year contract with los Beticos which expires on 30 June, 2021. His main position is centre back, but he is capable of playing as a full back as well. The right-footed defender made his Algeria debut on 5 March, 2014 and he helped the Algerian national team keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Slovenia.
Mandi impressed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but he scored his first goal for Algeria in a 3-3 draw with Ethiopia in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. He represented Algeria at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as well.
Highlighted Team (Alaves):
Alaves is a Spanish football club located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava. The club were founded in 1921 and they play their home games at Estadio Mendizorrotza. The capacity of the stadium is 19,840 and it has to be noted that it is the third oldest stadium in Spanish football. After spending several years in the Spanish Segunda Division, los Babazorros returned to the top flight in 2016.
The color of Alaves’ home kit is blue and white and the club’s local rivals are fellow Basque sides Real Sociedad, Athletic Club, Osasuna and Eibar. Alaves made it to the UEFA CUP final in 2001, but they were beaten by Liverpool 5-4 in a thrilling football clash. Anyhow, that is still regarded as the club’s biggest success. Los Babazorros booked their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on four occasions and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy.