The 2020-21 edition of La Liga returns to the fold with a Basque derby this weekend as SD Eibar lock horns with Deportivo Alaves at the Municipal de Ipurua on Saturday. Both teams have struggled this season and need a victory this weekend.
Deportivo Alaves are in 16th place in the La Liga standings at the moment and have not been at their best this season. The away side held Valencia to a 1-1 draw last weekend and will want to win this game.
SD Eibar, on the other hand, are currently rooted to the league table and have endured a dismal campaign. The home team suffered a 1-0 defeat against Real Sociedad last week and cannot afford another calamity in this fixture.
SD Eibar vs Deportivo Alaves Head-to-Head
SD Eibar have a good record against Deportivo Alaves and have won 12 games out of a total of 24 matches played between the two sides. Deportivo Alaves have managed four victories against SD Eibar and will need to improve their record in this fixture.
The reverse fixture between the two Basque sides took place in December last year and ended in a 2-1 victory for Deportivo Alaves. SD Eibar struggled on the day and will need to do a better job in this match.
SD Eibar form guide in La Liga: L-L-L-L-L
Deportivo Alaves form guide in La Liga: D-W-W-D-L
SD Eibar vs Deportivo Alaves Team News
Pedro Bigas is injured at the moment and will be unable to feature in this game. Recio received his fifth yellow card of the season against Real Sociedad last week and is suspended for this match.
Injured: Pedro Bigas
Doubtful: Alejandro Pozo
Rodrigo Ely, Ruben Duarte, and Inigo Cordoba are currently ruled out with an injury for Deportivo Alaves and are sidelined for this game. The Basque outfit will also have to do without the suspended Javier Lopez in this fixture.
Injured: Rodrigo Ely, Ruben Duarte, Inigo Cordoba
Doubtful: Burgui, Facundo Pellistri
Suspended: Javier Lopez
SD Eibar vs Deportivo Alaves Predicted XI
SD Eibar Predicted XI (4-3-3): Marko Dmitrovic; Cote, Anaitz Arbilla, Paulo Oliveira, Rober Correa; Pape Diop, Miguel Angel Atienza, Edu Exposito; Bryan Gil, Pedro Leon, Kike Garcia
Deportivo Alaves (4-4-2): Fernando Pacheco; Martin Aguirregabiria, Florian Lejeune, Victor Laguardia, Ximo Navarro; Luis Rioja, Tomas Pina, Rodrigo Battaglia, Jota; Joselu, Lucas Perez
SD Eibar vs Deportivo Alaves Prediction
SD Eibar have endured a miserable campaign in La Liga so far and will need a miracle to ensure their survival this season. The Basque outfit has struggled to meet expectations this year and will want to avoid another catastrophe this weekend.
Deportivo Alaves have also been well below their best this season and have issues to resolve ahead of this game. The away side does have good players in its ranks and holds the upper hand this weekend.
Prediction: SD Eibar 1-2 Deportivo Alaves