Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Following a lucky 1-0 win at Real Sociedad, Barcelona will look to stay in the title race when they take on Deportivo Alaves at Estadio Olimpico on Sunday afternoon. Despite failing to impress in their last league match, Barca are still seen as hot favourites to beat Alaves on home soil, but Robert Lewandowski and Co. will have to prove their worth on the field. Both Pedri and Raphinha are pushing for a start after making their returns from injuries at the weekend, whilst Gavi is banned for the match. Both Sergi Roberto and Frenkie de Jong miss out with injuries.
The Basques, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid, with the team beating Almeria thanks to Aleksandar Sedlar’s goal. Alaves, though, have been struggling on the travels this season and we do not believe that they are capable of claiming a major scalp on Matchday 13. Giuliano Simeone and Carlos Benavidez should be the only absentees in the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Robert Lewandowski):
After scoring 36 goals in 59 league games for Znicz Pruskow, Robert Lewandowski joined Lech Poznan in June, 2008. The 184-cm-tall attacker scored 18 goals in 28 appearances for the club in the 2009/2010 Ekstraklasa campaign and during the season he was on Borussia Dortmund’s radar.
The Polish forward signed a four-year deal with the Bundesliga side in June, 2010 and he quickly established himself as the team’s key attacker. Lewandowski was producing excellent performances with the Millionaires between 2010 and 2014 and it has to be noted that he won two Bundesliga trophies with the club (2010/2011, 2011/2012). He participated in the 2012/2013 Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund, but the Millionaires were beaten by fellow Bundesliga side Bayern Munich in the title game.
However, he betrayed Borussia Dortmund fans in 2014 as he signed a four-year deal with the Bundesliga giants. Lewandowski impressed in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign as he scored 30 goals in 32 league games for Pep Guardiola’s troops. The Polish footballer represented his homeland at Euro 2016 in France and he scored one goal at the showpiece tournament in France.
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.