Alaves vs Espanyol – Preview, and Prediction

Alaves vs Espanyol-  Alavés is in last place and is running out of time to stay in the top division. If they lose this game against Espanyol, they might have to play in the second division. Back-to-back wins at home in the league gave Alavés hope that they could pull off a great escape, but a 4-0 loss to Celta Vigo over the weekend is sure to dampen spirits before what will be a crucial night in the club’s fight to stay up.

Alavés got 79 percent of their points at home, so going back to the Estadio Mendizorrotza could at least give them some hope that their fight to stay in the league isn’t over yet. Alavés haven’t lost at home to Espanyol in 15 top-flight head-to-heads (W9, D5, L1), so history suggests that they could start their late push for safety here and maybe earn the “forgiveness” of their fans after defender Victor Laguardia ripped his team after Saturday’s embarrassing loss to Celta.

This season, only Alavés has gotten fewer points away from home in La Liga (LL) than Espanyol. This may be why Espanyol is in the middle of the table and not pushing for a spot in Europe. Espanyol hasn’t won a league game on the road in 2022 (they’ve drawn two and lost five), and time is running out for them to change that. However, Alavés coach Vicente Moreno has a mixed record against Espanyol (W3, D1, L3), so this game is in doubt.

Alaves vs Espanyol – Betting Analysis

Moreno may need Espanyol to keep a clean sheet, like his team did when they beat Moreno’s team 1-0 in the first game between the two teams. But the “Parakeets” haven’t kept a clean sheet on the road in the league since the first day of the season, and they’ve only scored more than one goal in 24 percent of their LL road trips. Espanyol’s bad away form could continue, especially since they don’t have much to play for.

Alaves vs Espanyol – Head To Head

Alaves vs Espanyol

Our Predictions: Under 2.5 goals