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Dec 01, 2018, 08:16 PM Last Edit: Dec 01, 2018, 08:20 PM by Harry85
Match Day 14
Deportivo Alavés vs. Sevilla
Monday, December 3rd 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Mendizorrotza

Deportivo Alavés: 
Last five matches form: W W L W L
Average goals per match: 1.31
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Ibai Gómez, Rubén Sobrino & Jonathan Calleri (3)

Last five matches form:  L W D W W
Average goals per match: 1.92
Average goals against per match: 1.08
Top Scorer: André Silva ( 8 )

It is Sevilla who are setting the early pace in La Liga this season. The chasing pack are right on their heels though and it's a tough one for the league leaders this weekend as they travel to the Mendizorrotza to take on one of the surprise packages of the season so far, fourth placed Deportivo Alavés. A win for the home side would see them move level on points with their visitors.

There was very little to split these two sides last season, with Deportivo Alavés wining this game 1-0 and Sevilla winning the reverse fixture by the same score line.

Rodrigo Ely misses out for the home side. Maxime Gonalons and Jesús Navas are on the injured list for Sevilla.

Deportivo Alavés are unbeaten in six home games so far this season. All of their games have been tight though, with two draws and four victories by a single goal.

Sevilla have posted big wins at Rayo Vallecano, Levante and Eibar so far this season, but have also lost at Real Betis and Barcelona. They have kept just the one clean sheet on their travels though, with that coming in a goalless draw last time out at Real Sociedad.

Sevilla do find it tough to keep a clean sheet which may make it tough to pick up the win here against a Alavés side who are invariably involved in tight games. We will take a draw in this one.

Prediction: Deportivo Alavés 1 - 1 Sevilla


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  8 - 12
Shots on target: 4 - 3
Corner Kicks: 2 - 5
Possession: 48% - 52%

Referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez issued the yellow card to Manu Garcia, Tomas Pina and John Guidetti of the home side, with Roque Mesa and Franco Vazquez of Sevilla also having their names taken.

Not much between these sides on the night, as Deportivo Alaves once again proved they can more than hold their own in this company. Overall a draw was probably a fair result.

Both sides had their chances before the opening goal came in the 37th minute. André Silva having what was probably the best of them when played in by Wissam Ben Yedder only to see his prodded effort drift wide of the far post.

It was however the home side who grabbed that first goal. A hopeful ball forward being flicked on to find Jonathan Calleri in acres of space down the right-hand sight. Calleri firing a ball low and hard across the face for Jony to tap in toward the far post. 1-0 at the break.

Sevilla were having the better of it after the break and had a couple of decent chances before the equaliser finally did arrive in the 78th minute. Pablo Sarabia free just outside the 18-yard box to the right-hand side and whipping in a low ball. Wissam Ben Yedder getting in front of the goalkeeper to prod home at the near post.

It was Alaves who came closest to winning it in the closing stages. Darko Brasanac heading back across goal and leaving the keeper stranded only to see his effort agonisingly strike the post. 1-1 it finished.

Another solid result for Deportivo Alaves who continue their excellent start to the season and remain in fourth spot. Sevilla slip from the La Liga summit and now lie one point behind Barcelona in second position.

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