Preview - Barcelona vs Alaves 29 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 28, 2018, 08:28 PM

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Barcelona vs Alaves

Despite sitting 11 points clear at the top, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is taking nothing for granted.

"I don't think our lead in the league is sufficient or allows us to look at other things," said Valverde.

"If we start to think like that then that lead will disappear."

Incredibly, in last season's corresponding fixture a newly-promoted Alaves stunned Barca 2-1 at the Nou Camp. They were stuck in the relegation zone in the winter months, but have steered clear of trouble with four wins and a draw from their last seven league games.

Valverde could opt to give club-record signing Philippe Coutinho his first start after the Brazil international made his debut off the bench in Thursday's cup win over Espanyol.

Fellow new arrival Yerry Mina is also in contention to make his first appearance but Ousmane Dembele, Thomas Vermaelen and Andre Gomes are unfit.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-0 Alaves

Bensergi

Match Stats:

  • Barcelona 2-1 Alaves
  • Shots: 15-5
  • Possession: 71%-29%
  • Corner kicks: 8-1


Philippe Coutinho's Barcelona league debut ended in victory as his new side came from behind to beat lowly Alaves at the Nou Camp.

Former Manchester City forward John Guidetti beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen after racing clear to give the visitors a surprise lead.

Lionel Messi had a free-kick touched on to the post by Alaves keeper Fernando Pacheco before Luis Suarez equalised.

Messi secured the points for the La Liga leaders with a sublime free-kick.

Barcelona are 11 points clear of nearest rivals Atletico Madrid, who won 3-0 earlier on Sunday at home to Las Palmas.

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