Collect News Data
May 1, 2021 at 1pm UK
Kike (3', 50', 59')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Pina (44'), Battaglia (57')

Preview: Eibar vs. Alaves - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Eibar vs. Alaves - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's La Liga clash between Eibar and Alaves, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Sports Mole

Javier Calleja's new-look Alaves side will make the short trip to Eibar this weekend for their crucial relegation six-pointer at the Ipurua.

Three points for Alaves could see them go four points clear of the drop zone in La Liga, while defeat for Eibar would all but relegate the hosts.

Match preview

Bottom-of-the-league Eibar are in the midst of one of their worst runs so far season, with Jose Luis Mendilibar's side having gone winless since early January.

Mathematically though, Los Armeros are still keeping their heads above water and three points against local rivals Alaves would go a long way in reigniting the side's survival bid.

Last time out in the league, Eibar were beaten 1-0 by Real Sociedad, but the scoreline did not tell the full story, with Mendilibar's men giving a good account of themselves, registering more possession (54%) and more shots on target (5) than La Real.

Eibar are currently 20th in the standings, cast adrift at the foot of the table and seven points away from safety.

The team have lost five of their last six games, but if there was ever an opportunity for one last hurrah, this weekend is it.

While Eibar have consistently shown faith in Mendilibar, Alaves opted, not for the first time this year, to roll the managerial dice, bringing in their third manager of the campaign - Calleja.

Calleja's impact at El Glorioso so far has been nothing short of miraculous, with the new boss collecting eight points from his first four games.

Last time out, against Valencia, Calleja's side drew 1-1, with John Guidetti bagging a late goal in what was a dramatic last ten minutes of the game.

With Valencia equalizing in the last minute of the game, El Glorioso came close to making off with all three points at Mestalla.

Regardless of that specific result, Alaves have been playing with a newfound resilience under the stewardship of Calleja, and three points this weekend could all but secure the team's La Liga credentials in this dramatic relegation dog fight.

Eibar La Liga form:
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L

Alaves La Liga form:
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • D

Team News

Mendilibar will be without the experienced Alejandro Pozo for this tie, with the defender currently out with a hamstring injury.

Another absentee for Los Armeros is Pedro Bigas, who is out with a muscular injury.

The big absentee for Alaves ahead of this tie is Ruben Duarte, who is currently out with a foot injury.

Javi Lopez will be suspended for this tie due to a red card he received against Los Che, while Inigo Cordoba, Abdel Abqar and Rodrigo Ely are all unavailable due to injury.

Eibar possible starting lineup:
Dmitrovic; Correa, Oliveira, Arbilla, Angel; Leon, Diop, Recio, Atienza, Gil; Kike

Alaves possible starting lineup:
Pacheco; Navarro, Laguardia, Lejeune, Aguirregabiria; Jota, Pina, Battaglia, Edgar Mendez; Perez, Joselu

We say: Eibar 0-2 Alaves

We would expect Eibar to come out swinging in this tie, given what is at stake, but Alaves are the in-form team here and we think they will be able to put Eibar to the sword.

Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data

body check tags ::

amp_article__445260 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2021-04-29 08:47:53:
html db last update - 2021-04-29 07:50:08 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html
Read more!

This page is available in multiple languages
Share this article now:

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
La Liga Table
CAtletico MadridAtletico38268467254286
2Real Madrid38259467283984
5Real Sociedad3817111059382162
6Real Betis381710115050061
8Celta Vigo381411135557-253
10Athletic Bilbao381113144642446
RReal Valladolid38516173457-2331
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League Table
CManchester CityMan City38275683325186
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.