Abelardo Fernandez’ Alaves host league leaders Sevilla at Mendizorrotza on Sunday evening, with both sides looking to bounce back from respective defeats.
Deportivo Alaves vs Sevilla – Mendizorrotza – Sunday 2nd December – Kick off 7.45pm UK time
As Babazorros fluffed their lines in grasping the opportunity to temporarily top the La Liga standings, the hosts became the latest victims of struggling Leganes to taste defeat at Butarque, losing to a Youssef El Nesyri goal last time out.
Still sitting in the top four however, after both Real Madrid and Espanyol lost last weekend – the latter suffering a shock defeat at Eibar – Alaves have another shot a the top places on Sunday.
That task however is a far more stern one, as Sevilla roll into the Basque country taking up a perhaps rather unlikely top spot approaching December.
Los Rojiblancos themselves however will be reeling from Europa League defeat away to Standard Liege which leaves the visitors’ place in the knockout stages still yet to be confirmed.
Pablo Sarabia’s dismissal in Belgium was a blow to Pablo Machin’s men, but after eking out a 1-0 win against Valladolid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan via Andre Silva’s goal, are still in fine fettle in the Spanish top flight.
Indeed, as are both side’s, with this an unlikely meeting of two top four sides after their respective sterling starts to the campaign.
Both sides know that a win here could secure top spot and all signs point to enthralling encounter at the top of table.
The hosts could be without right-back Ximo Navarro who has a head injury, whilst midfielder Tomas Pina has a thigh problem and could also miss out.
Alaves have a full bill of health aside, with only Rodrigo Ely the only definite absentee with cruciate ligament damage.
Sevilla also have a number of doubts for the trip to Alava. Winger Jesus Navas is struggling with a calf strain, whilst defender Aleix Vidal has a muscle injury.
Midfielder Maxime Gonalons remain out with a broken ankle.
Alaves (4-4-2): Pacheco; Aguirregabiria, Laguardia, Navarro, Duarte; Ibai, Brasanac, Garcia, Jony; Sobrino, Calleri
Sevilla (3-5-2) Vaklic; Carrico, Kjaer, Gomez; Vidal, Mesa, Sarabia, Banega, Escudero; Ben Yedder, Silva
Alaves 2-2 Sevilla