Kick-off: 2115, 18/08/2018
Stadium: Camp Nou
Barcelona are expected to begin their La Liga title defence by brushing aside Alaves, but the visitors do not have a bad record at Camp Nou.
Babazorros El Glorioso claimed a shock 2-1 win here a couple of years ago and have since been competitive in a 2-1 Copa del Rey defeat and a 3-1 league loss.
That makes 7/4 for a home win and both teams to score a tempting option for our first Barcelona vs Alaves prediction.
A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Barcelona were unbeaten at home in this competition last term, registering 16 wins and three draws, with 53 goals scored and just 11 conceded.
They topped the table by 14 points ahead of Atletico Madrid, but have since lost the steadying influence of club legend Andres Iniesta and the underrated Paulinho.
Arturo Vidal is an experienced replacement in midfield but fellow summer signings Malcom, Clement Leglet and Arthur are all young prospects.
The fact that Ernesto Valverde seems so keen to lure Paul Pogba away from Manchester United highlights a lack of depth in the centre of the field.
Barca have already picked up the Spanish Super Cup this month, but they did have to come from behind to beat Sevilla in Morocco.
Looking at the Barcelona vs Alaves odds, we like 16/5 for the Catalan giants to prevail 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1.
A Look At Deportivo Alaves’ Betting Odds
Since returning to Spain’s top flight, Alaves have finished ninth and 14th, comfortably avoiding a relegation battle on both occasions.
They averaged a goal a game away from home last season and the Basque Country outfit always seem up for this particular road trip.
Manager Abelardo has bolstered his attacking options by completing a permanent deal for powerful striker John Guidetti, who impressed on loan from January onwards.
Borja Baston has come in from Swansea after a decent stint with Malaga and Patrick Twumasi is a useful recruit from Astana.
The Ghana winger bagged a brace against Celtic in a Champions League qualifier 12 months ago and caught the eye in several Europa League matches.
We’re hoping the visitors will make a game of it and 17/4 for both teams to score in the first half completes our Barcelona vs Alaves betting tips.
Sevilla 1-2 BARCELONA – Gerard Pique, Ousmane Dembele
Sevilla 1-0 ALAVES
Head-to-head: Barcelona 2-1 Alaves, Alaves 0-2 Barcelona, Barcelona 3-1 Alaves, Alaves 0-6 Barcelona, Barcelona 1-2 Alaves
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