" Alaves vs Osasuna Preview and Match Prediction

Alaves vs Osasuna predictions, H2H and match preview for this Wednesday’s game in La Liga. Read on for the analysis and predicted alignments when two lower half sides collide in Vitoria.

Alaves vs Osasuna Preview
There is a derby clash in the Basque Country on Wednesday when Osasuna travels to Vitoria to face Alaves. These two sides are at dead level with 35 points and the victory of either one here would effectively guarantee their top flight status for another year as both sides have a healthy lead in the drop zone.

Neither side has touched the ground since the restart. The Alavs were beaten 6-0 on a disastrous afternoon in Vigo over the weekend. Martin Aguirregabiria’s ejection of the first half didn’t exactly help, but they were already 2-0 down at that point. However, they can be confident of having won a well-deserved victory in the Basque derby in their only home game so far in this final segment of the season against Real Sociedad last week.

Osasuna, by contrast, is still waiting for their first victory since the restart, but will be encouraged by the failure of the last three to invent serious ground for them. They too have been on the wrong side of a heavy loss, losing 5-0 at home to Atleti last week and their weekend performance was not a big improvement as they lost 2-0 at Valencia.

Both sides are likely to make changes here given the recent struggles and hectic schedule. Fernando Pacheco, who saw red in Alavés’ first game at Espanyol, can return in goal for the hosts, while Rubén Duarte should enter the full-back. Meanwhile, Osasuna can switch to a back four by using a five-man defense in recent tough games.

Alavés vs Osasuna Predictions
Score prediction: Alaves 1-0

The Alavos seem capable of recovering from the despair of their defeat in Vigo. They played well in their last high-flying home game against Real Sociedad and with just 3 losses in 15 home games this period, they will be happy to return to Mendizorrotza even if there will be no local fans present. Osasuna still has more injury problems than any other team in LaLiga and it is difficult to see anything other than a difficult end to the season for them and they can be overcome here by an Alaves team that has more firepower with Joselu and Lucas Pérez leading the line.

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Alavés vs Osasuna H2H
Last 6 competitive matches: 3 Osasuna awards, 3 Alaves awards.
Osasuna were 4-2 winners when the parties met at El Sadar earlier in this period.
They have lost in 3 of their last 4 visits to Vitoria.
However, the exception was a 1-0 victory for the visitors on Osasuna’s last trip to Alavés in April 2017.
Planned ascent line
Alavés team:

Pacheco – Duarte, Laguardia, Ely, Navarro – Rioja, Pina, Camarasa, Vidal – Joselu, Perez (4-4-2)

Osasuna team:

Herrera – Estupinan, Aridane, David García, Vidal – Rubén García, Sanjurjo, Brasanac, Torres – López, Gallego (4-4-2)

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