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Feb 13, 2022 at 1pm UK at Mendizorroza, Vitoria, Basque Country
Alaves
2 - 1
Valencia
N'Diaye (14'), Joselu (76' pen.)
Tenaglia (37'), Pina (45+2'), Escalante (61'), Laguardia (90+7')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Guedes (62' pen.)
Diakhaby (76'), Lato (84'), Gil (88')

Preview: Alaves vs. Valencia - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Alaves vs. Valencia - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Sunday's La Liga clash between Alaves and Valencia, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Two teams struggling for wins in Spain's top flight will lock horns on Sunday afternoon, as Alaves welcome Valencia to Estadio de Mendizorroza.

Alaves will enter the contest off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Elche on February 5, while Valencia were in Copa del Rey action on Thursday, drawing 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of their semi-final.


Match preview

Alaves are in their sixth straight season at this level of football, finishing 16th in each of the last two campaigns, but they are currently inside the relegation zone heading into a key run of matches.

Indeed, the Basque outfit have won four, drawn five and lost 14 of their 23 league games this term to collect 17 points, which has left them in 19th spot in the table, six points behind 17th-placed Mallorca.

Jose Luis Mendilibar's side have not won in the league since the start of November, while they will enter this match off the back of three straight defeats to Real Betis, Barcelona and Elche.

El Glorioso actually took the lead against Elche last weekend through Joselu, but the home side then scored three times without reply to secure all three points, leaving Alaves inside the relegation zone.

The Basque club have only picked up 12 points from their 12 home league games this term, which is the third-worst record in the division, while they lost 3-0 at Mestalla in the reverse match back in August.

As mentioned, Valencia were in Copa del Rey action on Thursday evening, with Los Che drawing 1-1 at San Mames in the first leg of their semi-final with Athletic Bilbao; Raul Garcia sent the home side ahead in the 37th minute before Hugo Duro levelled the scores in the second period.

Jose Bordalas's side are in a strong position to challenge for a spot in the final of the competition, but their league form has been disappointing in recent weeks, failing to triumph since December 20.

Valencia have only picked up two points from their last five league games, losing to Espanyol, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the process, which has seen them drop down to 11th position in the table.

Los Che are still only five points off the top six, though, and will be determined to return to winning ways on Sunday ahead of their next match at home to Barcelona on February 20.

The six-time Spanish champions have struggled for consistency on their travels in the league this term, winning three, drawing three and losing five of their 11 matches to collect 12 points.

Alaves La Liga form:
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L

Valencia La Liga form:
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • D

Valencia form (all competitions):
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • D

Team News

Alaves are again expected to be without the services of Ximo Navarro through injury, but the home side are otherwise in good shape heading into this weekend's contest.

Head coach Mendilibar is likely to resist the temptation to make wholesale changes from the side that started the disappointing 3-1 loss to Elche last time out.

However, there are expected to be some alterations, with Facundo Tenaglia, John Guidetti and Pere Pons all potentially coming into the first XI, while Edgar Mendez and Manu Vallejo are also options for change.

As for Valencia, Jasper Cillessen and Gabriel Paulista remain on the sidelines through injury, while Hugo Guillamon will also be absent for the visitors here due to a head injury.

The majority of the side that took to the field for the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final with Athletic should retain their spots, including Bryan Gil and Ilaix Moriba.

Duro's goal at San Mames could also see the attacker keep his position alongside Goncalo Guedes in attack, but Yunus Musah is likely to start on the bench once again, with Dimitri Foulquier set to retain his midfield spot.

Alaves possible starting lineup:
Pacheco; Tenaglia, Laguardia, Lejeune, Duarte; Jason, Pina, Pons, Rioja; Joselu, Guidetti

Valencia possible starting lineup:
Mamardashvili; Correira, Comert, Diakhaby, Gaya; Foulquier, Soler, Moriba; Gil, Guedes, Duro


We say: Alaves 2-2 Valencia

Valencia are unbeaten against Alaves in La Liga since January 2019, but three of the last four league meetings between the two sides have finished level. Last season's contest at Estadio de Mendizorroza finished 2-2, and we are backing the same scoreline to occur on Sunday afternoon.



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La Liga Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Real Madrid30216361263569
2Barcelona29169457292857
3Atletico MadridAtletico30176757372057
4Sevilla301512340202057
5Real Betis30165954361853
6Real Sociedad3014973029151
7Villarreal30129948291945
8Athletic Bilbao30111183529644
9Valencia30101194243-141
10Osasuna30108123040-1038
11Celta Vigo3099123434036
12Espanyol3099123542-736
13Rayo Vallecano2996143136-533
14Getafe30711122833-532
15ElcheElche3088143142-1132
16Granada30611133348-1529
17CadizCadiz30513122541-1628
18Mallorca3068162650-2426
19Levante30410163358-2522
20AlavesAlaves3057182452-2822
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