Espanyol vs. Alaves 6/13/20 La Liga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alaves (8-8-11) at Espanyol (4-8-15)
La Liga Soccer: Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 7:00 am (RCDE Stadium)
The Line: Espanyol +105 / Draw +215 / Alaves +280 -- O/U: 2 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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RCD Espanyol and Deportivo Alaves square off in Spanish La Liga soccer action from the RCDE Stadium on Saturday morning.
RCD Espanyol come into this match sitting in last place of the 20-team La Liga table, sporting a record of 4 wins, 8 draws and 15 losses on 20 points after a 1-0 loss to Osasuna in their last match before the league was put on hold due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. In the match against Osasuna, the match was tied at zero at the half, but Osasuna would break the deadlock just six minutes after the halftime break from the penalty spot. Espanyol would try to equalize, but their chances took a blow when Diego Lopez was sent off in the 83rd following his 2nd yellow card of the match. In the end, it wouldn’t be enough as Espanyol wouldn’t be able to find an equalizer. Raul de Tomas leads Espanyol in scoring with 4 goals while Jonathan Calleri and Matias Vargas each have 3 assists this season.
Deportivo Alaves on the other hand, come into this match in 14th position on 32 points with a record of 8 wins, 8 draws and 11 losses after back-to-back draws with a 1-1 tie with Valencia in their last match pre-hiatus. Valencia took the lead just 34 minutes in in that match, and their lead would hold until Edgar Mendez tied the game at one in the 73rd minute for Alaves. Both teams would trade chances down the stretch, but at the final whistle, spoils were shared as the two sides split the points with the draw. Lucas Perez leads Alaves with tallies of 11 goals and 5 assists this season while Joselu is right behind with 9 goals this season. Fernando Pacheco is Alaves’ #1 goalkeeper, conceding 1.38 goals per 90 minutes with 6 clean sheets in 24 league appearances this season.
I would understand Espanyol being favored at home with supporters in the stands, but even still, while Espanyol is unbeaten in their last 5 home matches, four of those games were draws and Espanyol has only won once at home in 13 tries this season. On the other hand, Alaves has been a mixed bag of results all year long and they haven’t been all that great on the road in their own right as well. The difference for me is that Espanyol’s keeper, Diego Lopez, is suspended for this match after his red card against Osasuna, albeit from a few months ago, and Alaves will be at full strength here, so I’ll side with Alaves to pick up a big three points on the road here at decent plus money.