Alaves vs. Las Palmas / La Liga – Derby of the round between two teams that were a nice surprise last season and they play very nice football to watch, while these have great problems and are currently both in the relegation zone. Las Palmas had one point more on their account and in the last round they broke the second series of matches without defeat, while they passed in the round of sixteen in the Cup. Interestingly, Alaves was very successful and they went further, and they also made a valuable win in the last round in the championship. In the last two seasons they played two draws. Begins: 08.12.2017. – 21:00 CET
Little by little, things are moving from the dead point for Alaves, with the fact that it is still far from what they want and far from the situation they will be able to say is calm and relaxed. They will need some longer positive series, and good hints are two wins, one of which was scored in the Cup with a 3-0 against Getafe, and the second on Monday against Girona away after a brilliant turnaround.
They were losing with 2-0 only 20 minutes before the end, and then Ibai Gome who scored three goals, the third being in the fourth minute of the injury time, and brought his team a victory. It is quite clear that coach’s replacement was a full hit and with Abelard they were much more efficient, which is shown by six goals in three games. Their biggest problems are the injuries of the last line player, Elyo, Laguardia, Hernandez and Vigaray.
Probable lineups Alaves: Pacheco – Aguirregabiria, Alexis, Maripan, R.Duarte – Ibai, Pina, Medran, Wakaso – Krkic, Munir
Las Palmas has very similar problems as their host and they are also successful in the Cup, while they have one thing in common- they both changed their coaches at the same time. Even though they passed further in the Cup through Deportivo, but the home defeat of this team has cost coach Ayestran a job, and now they are led by Paquito, with whom they immediately celebrated a victory and thus broke the series of nine leading duels without a win. They also had a series of eight defeats and while Ayestran was still on the bench, they played a draw with Real Sociedad, while they in the last round defeated Betis with a new coach.
Compared to San Sebastian, Paquito made two changes in the team and Aquilani remained on the bench, and Vitolo was absent due to injury. His replacement Calleri has scored the only goal in that match and it all looked well, but it is not good that center-back Bigas got injured and he will not be able to play in this game and in the next few. X. Navarro instead and that could be the only change.
Probable lineups Las Palmas: Lizoain – Michel, X.Navarro, Lemos, D.Castellano – J.Castellano, V.Gomez – Tana, Viera, Remy – Calleri
Alaves vs. Las Palmas PICK
Both teams are definitely worth more than the positions they take and it seems they are slowly getting out of the crisis, especially Alaves who has played two good matches. We expect them to play well in their field right now, and they are closer to victory, while the guests will certainly be satisfied with the possible draw.
Pick: Asian Handicap 0 Alaves
Odds: 1.73 at betvictor (down to 1.63 can be played)