Our match prediction:
Title holders Barcelona will be aiming to build on a hard-fought win over Athletic Bilbao when they square off against Alaves in their second home game of the season. The Catalan giants hammered Real Betis in their opener at Camp Nou and everybody expect that they are going to roll over the newcomers in Saturday’s football match. Leo Messi is unlikely to be risked against Alaves, but the likes of Neymar and Luis Suarez are likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. Alaves have yet to suffer a loss in the 2016/2017 La Liga campaign, but they are unlikely to prevent Barca’s attackers from scoring in the Camp Nou clash. Barcelona are after their third win of the season and we predict that the reigning champions are going to keep their 100% record intact. In their last meeting in La Liga (2006) Barca recorded a 2-0 win over Alaves.
Highligted Player (Mascherano):
Born in San Lorenzo, Argentina on 8 June, 1984 Javier Mascherano began his senior career at River Plate. After making 46 appearances for the Argentine outfit he joined Corinthians in 2005 and he played 17 league games for the Brazilian team. Mascherano moved to Europe in 2006 and despite being on Real Madrid’s and Barcelona’s radar, he signed a contract with West Ham United. The centre back, who is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well, played no more than five games for the Hammers in the Premier League and in 2007 he signed a contract with Liverpool. Three years later Mascherano joined Barcelona and he has been playing for the Catalan giants ever since. In 2016 he won his fourth La Liga trophy with Barca, making 32 league appearances for the club in the 2015/2016 campaign. The Argentine footballer won two Champions League trophies with Barcelona, in 2011 and in 2015. His contract with the Catalan outfit expires on 30 June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Alaves):
Alaves are 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 colour 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.