Preview - Eibar vs Deportivo Alaves 04 November 18

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Match Day 11
Eibar vs. Deportivo Alaves
Sunday, November 4th 2018
19:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Ipurua Municipal Stadium

Last five matches form: L L W D L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.70
Top Scorer: Charles (3)

Deportivo Alaves:
Last five matches form: D L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.40
Average goals against per match: 0.90
Top Scorer: Ibai Gómez & Jonathan Calleri (3)

Deportivo Alaves are the undoubted surprise package of La Liga in the season to date. Will the relative minnows be able to maintain this excellent start? Next up it's a trip to Eibar on Match Day 11.

Alaves won this game 1-0 last season but lost the reverse when going down 2-1 at home.

Pedro León and Gonzalo Escalante are out for the home side. Rodrigo Ely and Mubarak Wakaso are the Alaves absentees.

It really has been an excellent start for Deportivo Alaves who currently sit second in La Liga and only one point adrift of leaders Barcelona. They have won three of five on the road this season, beating Real Valladolid, Rayo Vallecano and Celta Vigo.

Eibar are currently looking like more likely to be involved in a relegation scrap than any kind of European qualification. Survival was probably their number one goal for the season though so that isn't too much of a surprise. Seven of their eleven points have come at home and they will be looking to get something out of this.

Alaves success this season has largely been built upon a solid defence - they have conceded more than one goal in just two of their ten games to date - and shot shy Eibar may well struggle to break them down. The visitors have won their past three in La Liga by a single goal and we fancy a similar scenario may be on the cards here.

Prediction: Eibar 0 - 1 Deportivo Alaves


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  24 - 9
Shots on target: 11 - 3
Corner Kicks: 13 - 1
Possession: 67% - 33%

Fabian Orellana, Anaitz Arbilla and Pape Diop were all booked for the home side who also had Pablo DeBlasis dismissed in the 62nd minute. Alaves had already been down to ten men for 38 minutes by this stage having had Ruben Duartte shown a straight red card by referee Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva in the 24th minute.

It was a dream start for Alaves here as they found themselves in front in just the fourth minute. A free kick from deep on the right-hand side being lofted into the area and Manu Garcia applying the slightest of flicks from the edge of the six yard box to send the ball past Marko Dmitrovic.

Then came the sending off. Not a bad foul by any means but Duarte was adjudged to be the last man and off he went.

All Eibar from there on in as the home side piled on the pressure, racking up more and more efforts on goal. The pressure did ultimately tell in the end, but not until Eibar themselves had been reduced to ten men. DeBlasis dismissed for a reckless and dangerous challenge just after the hour mark.

The equaliser came in the 69th minute. Juan Jordan receiving the ball in a central area just outside the box and blasting a rocket of a strike into the top left corner.

In what was a dramatic game at times, it seemed only fitting that there would be a late winner and it was the home side who grabbed it in stoppage time. Jordan swinging in a corner from the right-hand side to find Pape Diop to power in a header from close range.

Alaves drop down to fourth with this defeat. Eibar move up to eleventh.

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