Alaves vs. Barcelona 7/19/20 La Liga Soccer Picks and Prediction
Barcelona (24-7-6) at Alaves (10-9-18)
La Liga Soccer: Sunday July 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM (Estadio Mendizorrolza)
The Line: Alaves +400 / Draw +325 / Barcelona -155 -- O/U: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Alaves plays host to Barcelona in La Liga soccer action from the Estadio Mendizorrolza on Sunday afternoon.
Alaves comes into this match in 15th place on 39 points, tied with Valladolid after picking up a 2-1 win over Real Betis in their last match. The win over Betis put Alaves on 10 wins, 9 draws and 18 losses this season. In the win over Betis, Alaves dodged a bullet just four minutes into the game when VAR overturned the opening goal for Real Betis when a player was judged to be offside in the buildup to the goal. The scoreless tie would hold into the second half when Joselu would give Alaves the lead in the 51st minute and Rodrigo Ely would doubled the lead in the 76th minute of play. Real Betis would pull a goal back late, but in the end, it wasn’t enough as Alaves held on for the win and the three points that guaranteed survival and another season in Spain’s top flight. Lucas Perez and Joselu are tied for the team lead with 11 goals apiece while Perez has a team-high 5 assists this season.
Barcelona on the other hand, will try to finish the season on a high note, sitting in 2nd place after a shock 2-1 loss to Osasuna in their last match, a loss that would end their attempt at catching Real Madrid for the La Liga title. The loss left Barcelona with a record of 24 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses. In the loss to Osasuna, Barcelona fell behind in the 15th minute and were left chasing Osasuna well into the second half before Lionel Messi tied the game at one in the 62nd minute. Barcelona would have a whopping 80% possession with 82% coming in the second half, but Osasuna, a man down in the 77th minute, would steal the win with a goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, stunning Barca and leaving them empty-handed with full time just around the corner. Lionel Messi leads Barcelona in scoring and assists with 23 goals and 20 assists this season while Luis Suarez has 15 goals and 8 assists. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen leads Barcelona in goal, conceding 0.89 goals per 90 minutes with 14 clean sheets in 26 league appearances this season.
It’s a dangerous proposition picking between two teams that really have nothing but pride to play for, but Alaves is in a bad spot right now. You have to think that the loss to Osasuna that cost Barcelona their chance at the title has been eating at them over the last couple of days, and Alaves is just in the line of fire as a chance for Barcelona to take out some frustration in the final matchday. Barcelona could also use this as a tune-up with the second leg of their Champions’ League set with Napoli on the horizon. I’ll lay the -1 handicap with Barcelona here.