Preview - Deportivo Alavés vs Villarreal 29 October 18

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Match Day 10
Deportivo Alavés vs. Villarreal
Monday, October 29th 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Mendizorrotza

Deportivo Alavés: 
Last five matches form: W D L W W
Average goals per match: 1.33
Average goals against per match: 0.89
Top Scorer: Ibai Gómez (3)

Last five matches form: D W L L D
Average goals per match: 0.78
Average goals against per match: 0.89
Top Scorer: Karl Toko Ekambi (2)

Deportivo Alavés are certainly going well this season and head into the weekend fixtures in the almost unchartered waters of third place in La Liga standings. Next on the menu it's this home clash with Villarreal.

Villarreal won this game 3-0 last season. Alavés gained a semblance of revenge when winning 2-1 in Villarreal.

Rodrigo Ely is the only absentee for the home side. Villarreal aren't so fortunate with Bruno Soriano, Víctor Ruiz, Carlos Bacca and Javi Fuego all set to sit this one out.

Having only scored more than one goal once in their first nine La Liga games, it's pretty clear to see where Villarreal's main problems lie. Luckily the defence has been keeping them in games, averaging less than a goal a game against. On a positive note they have been a better side away than at home of late winning three of their past five in La Liga on the road.

Alavés are unbeaten in four at home this season, having registered draws with Real Betis and Getafe and beaten Espanyol and Real Madrid. Their games have all been pretty close though and we expect another tight encounter here.

Despite the current league positions, we don't think there's very much at all between these sides. Buoyed by a surprising 5-0 win in the Europa League in midweek we fancy the visitors to get at least a point from this one.

Prediction: Deportivo Alavés 1 - 1 Villarreal


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  16 - 11
Shots on target: 8 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 4
Possession: 50% - 50%

One booking apiece in this one with referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez taking the names of Ramiro Funes Mori of Villarreal and Ruben Duarte of Alaves.

Dead even in terms of possession, it was the home side who were more efficient and creative with the ball and they did deserve the points here. Having fallen behind early though they had to show plenty of character and determination to come out on top,

Villarreal struck first in the 10th minute. A lofted ball towards the far post finding Alfonso Pedraza who did well to fire across the six-yard box. Keeper Fernando Pacheco got a hand to it but only diverted the ball onto the sliding in Gerard Moreno to bundle home from point blank range. The visitors maintained their lead until the break.

Six minutes into the second half Alaves were back on level terms. Jony sending in a free kick from deepish on the left-hand side and Jonathan Calleri rising highest to loop a header over the keeper and in to the right hand side.

And just as it looked as though it was going to be honours even in this one, we had late, late drama as the home side found a winner in the 94th minute. Real pinball stuff in the area as Villarreal failed to clear their lines under mounting pressure as the ball came in first from the right and then the left, eventually dropping to Borja Baston around eight yards out to finish on the volley into the bottom right.

Another big result for Alaves who continue to ride high and move up to second spot in the standings. Viillarreal drop to seventeenth.

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