Alaves v Huesca – Estadio de Mendizorroza at 11:00 live at Eleven Sports
Alaves head coach Abelardo Fernandez refused to be downbeat after seeing his side suffer a 2-1 defeat at Eibar in their Basque derby date last weekend. The Vitoria club had taken a fourth-minute lead through Jony Rodriguez, but Ruben Duarte’s sending off midway through the first-half prove pivotal.
Abelardo’s outfit are renowned for their compact and organised defence, and utilise fast, direct counter-attacks at every opportunity. Having a goal advantage on the road suits their approach perfectly and El Glorioso were in a strong position to pick up another positive result.
Unfortunately for Alaves, the early red card saw them eventually overrun as Eibar made the breakthrough to equalise with half an hour remaining, before clinching top honours in stoppage-time. Abelardo insists his side have plenty to be positive about as they return home to meet Huesca.
The hosts are perched inside La Liga’s top-six after 11 rounds of action, only four points off the summit. El Glorioso have W6-D2-L3 now, churning out three triumphs from five unbeaten encounters at their Mendizorrotza base, including a famous home success over Real Madrid.
Abelardo focussed on stability and survival
Nevertheless, Abelardo has pleased with pundits not to get too excited by Alaves’ exploits. Speaking recently, the Alaves supremo said, “The reality is we have to fight for permanence and our place in the top-flight” with the Vitoria club still focussed upon survival and stability in La Liga.
Even so, it’s hard to dismiss Alaves’ credentials on Sunday with kind 1.88 odds available on a home success. Remarkably, Abelardo has now been in charge for 36 La Liga matches and Alaves’ record under his watch reads W19-D4-L13 – that’s a point-per-game average 1.69.
El Glorioso’s impressive results and displays aren’t matched by their performance data, although that’s largely based upon their style and approach, as mentioned above. The Vitoria team are regularly amongst the bottom three for most of the major metrics, along with Sunday’s visitors.
Newcomers Huesca sits rock-bottom with seven losses from their opening 11 contests, all of which have arrived in their most recent nine matches. The guests have struck just three times in eight outings and are tabling only 5.27 attempts from inside the penalty area, making a home success a strong angle of attack.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Alaves -0.50 at 1.880
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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