On Saturday, at 9:00 p.m., at Camp Nou, behind closed doors, Barcelona and Alavés will play a match belonging to the 23rd round of LaLiga Santander.
Barça arrives at the meeting with wounded pride. After a good run of results, the Blaugranas suffered a serious defeat (2-0) in the first leg of their Cup semifinal against Sevilla. Those of Koeman suffered the casualties and, above all, the errors in defense of Umtiti and will have to resort to the epic if they want to reach the final. For now, in the League they will have the opportunity to meet again with the goal and to resume their positive trend against Alavés. At home, the Catalans have a balance of 6 games won, 3 tied and 1 lost, with 23 goals in favor and 11 against. They need victory to follow in the wake of the leader, Atlético de Madrid, and keep alive their chances of fighting for the title with the colchoneros.
Alavés, meanwhile, is at the bottom of the standings, in 16th place. Abelardo’s men achieved an important victory last day against Valladolid in Mendizorroza, which allowed them to move away from the relegation zone (which is only 2 points away). Away from home, they have a very poor balance, of 2 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses, with 9 goals scored and 14 conceded. El Glorioso has a great dependence on his forwards; If they manage to bring out their quality and take advantage of any of the cons that they will have at their disposal, they could put a Barça in trouble, whose weakest point is, right now, its defense (with Piqué and Araújo absent).
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