Barcelona vs Deportivo Alavés Preview:
On November 28th Barcelona welcomes Alavés at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. Blaugrana had a comfortable 0-3 victory last round. The visitors will come to see Camp Nou and to try to get back in the game.
Barcelona are at the top of the La Liga with thirty seven points after thirteen rounds. They have a great run and are aiming to win twenty seventh Copa del Rey so far this season. Also, they are the current holders of this Cup after a 3-0 victory against Athletic Bilbao. The Catalan grand won their weekend game against Levante with the score 0-4 and Lionel Messi scored a double. Now he is just three goals away of Gerd Muller’s record of 85 goals in a calendar year.
The last time these two teams met in the Copa del Rey the Catalans managed a 5-2 victory on aggregate in the 2006-2007 season.
Tito Vilanova will give rest to his leaders and give the chance to reserved and second team players. The Catalans are in a comfortable position in this second-leg, following a 3-0 win at the Estadio de Mendizorroza. Dani Alves, Eric Bartra, Marc Muniesa, Eric Abidal, David Villa, Alexis Sanchez will miss this clash due to injuries. Isaac Cuenca started his light training. Jose Pinto is expected in goal. Martin Montoya, Sergi Roberto, Cristian Tello and Gerard Deulofeu are expected to start from the first minutes.
Alaves are at the top of the Segunda B with thirty four points after fourteen games. They have three wins and one draw in their last five games. Alaves top scorer Guzman has scored five goals in eleven games in the Segunda Division B. But, their first-choice goalkeeper Miguel has problems with cruciate ligament and is long term-injured. Head coach Naxto Gonzalez has already told, that his priority is the league matches.
Barcelona line-up: Pinto, Montoya, Pique, Puyol, Adriano, Roberto, Busquets, Iniesta, Tello, Pedro, Deulofeu.
Last three matches:
Levante 0 – FC Barcelona 4;
Spartak 0 – FC Barcelona 3;
FC Barcelona 3 – Zaragoza 1.
Deportivo Alavés line-up: Urtzi, Luciano, Hernandez, Agustin, M Garcia, Guzman, Miki, Delgado, Luismi, Viguera, Juanma.
Last three matches:
Gimnástica 1 – 2 Deportivo Alavés ;
Deportivo Alavés 1 – 1 Lleida Esportiu ;
Amorebieta 1 – 4 Deportivo Alavés .