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Barcelona vs Alaves

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – Estadio Camp Nou

Date: 18th August 2018

Kick-off time – 21:15 GMT

Barcelona kick off their La Liga campaign with this fixture that is expected to bring three points for the defending champions, but Alaves’ survival last season proves that they are capable of anything.

Blaugrana stormed to the La Liga title last season with 17 points separating them from their closest challengers, and they were unbeaten until the penultimate match of that campaign.

This season is likely to be a lot more difficult as Real Madrid and Atletico plot to win the crown as well.

Andres Iniesta is the only major departure from Camp Nou this summer, with the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele starting the season in good shape, Barce could still retain their crown.

Alaves were expected to be relegated from La Liga last season by the time the winter transfer window was open.

By that time, they had already fired two managers, however, Abelardo Fernández came in as their new manager and somehow managed to steer them towards a comfortable survival.

They still remain one of the teams who are favourites to be relegated this season and they will be looking to start their season well after a good pre-season.

Barcelona have kept just 2 clean sheets in their last 17 games, while Alaves have scored in all of their last 7 seven pre-season so it could be a game of many goals here.

Unsurprisingly, bookmakers make Barcelona very strong odds-on favourites to the point where they are unbackable even in accumulators.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Barcelona

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Barcelona 1-0 Real Sociedad 20 May, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Mamelodi Sundowns 1-3 Barcelona 16 May, 2018 Friendly
L Levante 5-4 Barcelona 13 May, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Barcelona 5-1 Villarreal 9 May, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid 6 May, 2018 Spanish Primera División

Alaves

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Sevilla FC 1-0 Alavés 19 May, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Alavés 3-1 Athletic Bilbao 12 May, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Málaga 0-3 Alavés 6 May, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Alavés 0-1 Atletico Madrid 29 Apr, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Las Palmas 0-4 Alavés 22 Apr, 2018 Spanish Primera División

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Barcelona 2-1 Alavés 28 Jan, 2018 Spanish Primera División
Alavés 0-2 Barcelona 26 Aug, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Barcelona 3-1 Alavés 27 May, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey
Alavés 0-6 Barcelona 11 Feb, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Barcelona 1-2 Alavés 10 Sep, 2016 Spanish Primera División

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