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Alaves vs Eibar: Can hosts jump back into Champions League places?

Alaves vs Eibar: Can hosts jump back into Champions League places?

Alaves will host Eibar on Saturday looking to move ahead of Getafe as the race for the fourth Champions League place hots up in La Liga.

Abelardo’s side have been in superb form this season, despite a slight blip at the turn of 2019 and they are battling out with Getafe at present for fourth place, sitting three points ahead of their nearest rivals Sevilla, who sit sixth.

A win for Alaves on Saturday will see them move one point ahead of Jose Bordalas’ side, however, they will play bottom side Huesca later in the evening.

In truth, the visitors have slightly better form than Alaves, having lost just one game in their last five, picking up two wins and three draws in the process and that form was highlighted with an excellent 1-0 win over Celta Vigo last week thanks to a late goal from Sergi Enrich.

Alaves have not lost in their last four games and beat struggling Villarreal last weekend 2-1 to push themselves back in contention for the fourth spot.

A win for the home side would undoubtedly signal their intentions, whilst Eibar could also make a case for a European place if they pick up three points on the road.

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Team News

Ximo Navarro returns from suspension for the home side and should come back in at right-back. Abelardo is expected to go with a 4-4-2 formation over a 4-3-3 system this weekend. Borja Baston should be chosen to partner Jonathan Calleri up front for El Glorioso.

Eibar are in good form and are not expected to make wholesale changes this weekend. Ivan Ramis and Anaitz Arbilla should start at centre-back, with Paulo Oliveira missing out. Jose Angel, Pape Diop and Marc Cucurella are just one booking away from a suspension.ar

Expected XI’s

Alaves: Pacheco, Navarro, Maripan, Laguardia, Duarte, Jony, Pina, Brasanac, Inui, Baston, Calleri

Eibar: Dmitrovic, Pena, Ramis, Abrilla, Cote, Orellana, Jordan, Diop, Cucurella, Charles, Enrich

Prediction

Alaves 2-2 Eibar