Barcelona will be without Sergi Roberto and Gavi against Alaves this weekend.
Barcelona vs Alaves Live: La Liga LIVE – BAR vs ALA LIVE – Barcelona will be hoping to get back on track with Alaves. La Blaugrana lost 2 of their 3 matches in all competitions. Also, they are in third place in the La Liga table. Alaves, meanwhile, is on a winning streak of two matches in all competitions. El Glorioso wants to build on their recent wins. The team is currently ranked 14th in the league table. They will be looking to climb higher.
Barcelona needed just one win to cement their position in the Champions League knockout stage. Shakhtar Donetsk defeated them by a 1-0 score. The result brought their total to 2 defeats out of their last 3 games.
The other defeat occurred in the El Clasico towards the end of October. Last weekend, they returned to winning ways with a 0-1 win over Real Sociedad. La Blaugrana hopes to build upon that win and climb up the La Liga standings.
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Alaves were promoted to Spain’s top-flight competition in this season. The team is now trying to keep themselves above the relegation zones. They’ve collected twelve points from their first 12 matches of the season. They have won two games in a row ahead of the match against Barcelona.
El Glorioso defeated Almeria in their last La Liga match by a margin of 1-0. In the first round of the Copa Del Rey, they beat Deportivo Murcia 0-10. They will try to beat the reigning champions in order to extend their winning run.
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Barcelona Team News
- Barcelona is slowly coming out of its injury-plagued stage. At least two of their key players will be missing. Gavi will miss this match. He will serve his suspension due to a booking he received in the last game. Sergi Roberto is also out with a calf issue.
- Two more key players are also doubtful for this match. Frenkie De Jong is recovering from an ankle problem. Ronald Araujo has had a long history of injuries. He was in pain after the Champions League match that took place this week. He should be able to play against Alaves.
- Coach Xavi had no love for the team’s performance at the Champions League. He should therefore make some changes to the team that started the match. Fermin Lopez should be called up to the starting line-up, along with Joao Felix and Jules Kounde. It’s unlikely that the coach will let Pedri play the entire match. He could start the match on the bench.
Alaves Team News
- Three players from El Glorioso are in their medical room recuperating from injuries. Aleksandar Sedlar’s goal was the only one that Alaves needed to win the match against Almeria at the weekend. He then suffered a serious knee injury. The defender is now out for the remainder of this season.
- Sedlar is not the only one who has been injured. Giuliano Simeone, Carlos Benavidez and others are also sidelined. Simeone suffered a severe leg injury two month ago. He has not recovered and it could take him until December to return. Benavidez did not play in the game last weekend against Almeria because of an undisclosed illness. He is doubtful for this match.
- The coach could use the same starting XI as he did against Almeria. Antonio Blanco, a former Real Madrid midfielder will also start against the reigning champions. Rafa Marina will take Sedlar’s place in the defensive line, but Sedlar is not available.
Match – Barcelona vs Alaves
Date – 12th November 2023
Time – 8:45 PM IST
Live Telecast – Viacom18 Network is the owner of La Liga rights. The matches will therefore be broadcasted by Sports 18, Sports 18 HD, MTV and Sports 18. The three-year partnership will bring the premier Spanish league to Indian fans with a fresh, exciting feel.
Live Streaming – The new season of La Liga is live-streamed for Indian fans on FanCode, JioCinema and Viacom18’s flagship OTT platform Voot Select.
Barcelona vs Alaves Probable Starting XI
Barcelona Predicted XI: Ter Stegen; Cancelo, Araujo, Kounde, Balde; Gundogan, Romeu, Fermin; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Felix
Alaves Predicted: Sivera; Gorosabel, Abqar, Marin, J Lopez; Blanco, Guevara; Hagi, Guridi, Rioja; Kike Garcia