Valencia will be hoping to maintain their winning streak against Alaves on Monday at 1:30 a.m. (IST), after a splendid win over Real Madrid before they went on the international break. Alavés will play hosts to Valencia at the Mendizorroza Stadium as the La Liga action returns.
Having played 22 matches head to head, Valencia has won 13 and Alavés has won 4 times whereas five matches have ended up in a draw yet. Valencia has the upper hand because they have won four of their last six matches with Alavés, even though the last time they faced each other the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Both teams have not been in a consistent form this season; thus, there is a possibility of close encounter. Valencia currently lies ninth in the table, six positions and two points ahead of Alavés.
Alavés La Liga form: LWLWDD
Valencia La Liga form: WLLLDW
Prediction: Alavés 1 – 2 Valencia : Valencia CF will win this game.
Valencia thumped Madrid 4-1 on home soil to move into the top half of the table, Carlos Soler scored a hat-trick against Zinedine Zidane’s side. Valencia is facing difficult period both on and off the field, as the head coach Javi Gracia recently revealed to the media that he wants to leave the club and is only remaining in his position due to the contractual obligation. Jasper Cillessen is out due to a muscular problem. But they are only five points off the top four at this stage and they could still enjoy a successful campaign as Mouctar Diakhaby is now available following an injury and Thierry Correia is back from suspension.
While Alavés – currently 15th in the division, three points clear of the relegation zone.
Alavés Pablo Machin’s team is entering with a three-game unbeaten streak into this contest, though, having beaten Real Valladolid on October 25 before drawing 1-1 with both Barcelona and Levante. They held Barca in their last home fixture which might have boosted confidence among the players, but the team’s goal struggles are a concern, having scored just seven times in their nine matches this term. Edgar Mendez will not be able to play with Alaves because of the red card that he picked up against Levante last time. Even Pere Pons is not fit enough to play due to a foot issue. Burugi has tested positive for coronavirus and thus he will also be unavailable, but Jota is back from suspension and should be considered to return to the starting XI.
Alavés possible starting lineup: Pacheco, Joselu, Navarro, Perez, Laguardia, Rioja, Lejeune, Duarte, Pina, Jota, Battaglia
Valencia possible starting lineup: Kang-In, Domenech, Wass, Gomez, Gabriel, Guillamon, Cheryshev, Gaya, Musah, Soler, Racic Valencia will certainly have been boosted by their big win over Real Madrid and due to their more overall wins in matches against Alavés. Thus, we predict the score line would be in the favour of Valencia