Barcelona will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they face Alaves in LaLiga Santander at the Estadio Mendizorroza on Sunday night, having not tasted victory in any of their last three games and been knocked out of two competitions in the process.
It is a similar story for Alaves boss Jose Luis Mendilibar, who has not won any of his three games since taking charge of the Vitoria-based club. In fact, the 19th-placed team in LaLiga Santander will need a response when Barcelona come to town after suffering a 4-0 loss away at Real Betis in midweek.
Xavi Hernandez will have been disappointed to see two of Barcelona‘s most promising players go off injured in their Copa del Rey defeat to Athletic Club, as Ansu Fati and Pedri both had to be withdrawn.
What’s more, the uncertainty regarding Ousmane Dembele‘s future means that Xavi is having to make do without the Frenchman at present, with sporting director Mateu Alemany having declared that he should find a new club before the end of the transfer window.
Alaves vs Barcelona predicted line-ups
Alaves’ predicted line-up (4-4-2): Fernando Pacheco; Martin Aguirregabiria, Florian Lejeune, Victor Laguardia, Javi Lopez; Jason, Gonzalo Escalante, Toni Moya, Luis Rioja, Edgar Mendez, Joselu Mato.
Barcelona’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Dani Alves, Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Gavi; Abde Ezzalzouli, Ferran Torres, Ferran Jutgla.
When does Alaves vs Barcelona start?
This Sunday’s match between Alaves and Barcelona kicks off at 21:00 CET, the local time in Spain. For those living in the USA you can tune in at 15:00 ET / 12:00 PT, or 20:00 GMT for those in the UK.
Where can I watch Alaves vs Barcelona?
The LaLiga Santander match between Alaves and Barcelona will take place at the Estadio Mendizorroza on Sunday, January 23. For those living in the USA you can watch the match on ESPN, whilst for those living in the UK the match will broadcast live on LaLiga TV.