Preview: Alaves – Sevilla

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Can Sevilla overcome their crisis by beating strugglers Alaves? Vincenzo Montella’s side were left shattered after crashing to their heaviest-ever derby defeat against Betis last weekend, a humiliating 5-3 loss. They are now without a win in their last four La Liga (LL) games (W0, L3, D1), having conceded a massive 13 goals during their winless streak.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Ahead of this round of matches, Sevilla are in fifth place (W9, D2, L7), three points behind Real Madrid. Sunday’s clash with Alaves is really a win-at-all-costs affair for Sevilla if they are to avoid slipping down the table and remain in the hunt for a top-four spot.

The hosts are also in desperate need of a win as they currently sit third bottom in the table with just 15 points (W5, D0, L13). Alaves head into the game off the back of a 2-0 loss away at Athletic Bilbao.
Alaves are yet to draw a game in LL this season. Their home record is exactly the same as Sevilla’s away record (W3, D0, L6).

Sevilla have won just one of their seven league meetings with Alaves at the Mendizorrotza to date (W1, D2, L4). Their last encounter at the Mendizorrotza ended all square at 1-1.

Players to watch: Paraguayan Hernan Perez has joined Alaves on loan from Espanyol for the rest of the season and could feature on Sunday. A strong addition to Alaves’ attack. Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder is the club’s top scorer this season with 16 goals to his name (five LL goals).

Stat attack: Alaves are averaging 3.2 yellow cards per game in the league this season, second highest behind Girona (3.3), but they have been handed just one red card.

 

Missing players

Alaves: Alexis (suspension), Burgui (groin injury), H. Hernandez (doubtful), C. Vigaray (doubtful)

Sevilla: N. Pareja (hip injury), D. Carrico (doubtful), C. Fernandez (doubtful), M. Gual (doubtful), Jose Mena (doubtful).