Barcelona (3e, 43 points) vs Deportivo Alaves (16 points, 22 points) *
* Points and positions at the time of writing this report on Friday
Competition / tour2020-21 La Liga, matchday 23
Barcelona Outs & Dots: Ansu Fati, Gerard Pique, Philippe Coutinho, Sergi Roberto, Ronald Araujo (outside), Sergio Dest, Miralem Pjanic, Martin Braithwaite (doubt)
Doubts and the neighborhood of Alaves: Rodrigo Illy (TYPE)
Date clock: Saturday February 13, 2021, 9 PM CET (Barcelona and Nigeria), 8 PM GMT (UK), 3 PM ET, 12 PM PDT (USA), 1:30 AM EST ( India, Sunday)
instead of: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
arbitrator: Jorge Figueroa Vasquez
Where: Guillermo Quadra-Fernandez
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), NA (India), others
How it broadcasts: FuboTV (USA), Premier Player (UK), Facebook Live (India), Movistar + (Spain), others
After a disappointing Copa del Rey defeat to Seville midweek, Barcelona are back in La Liga in hopes of continuing their impressive streak of results by hosting struggling Alaves at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
Barcelona are doing well in the league: 11 games unbeaten, 29 out of 33 points and six wins in a row, many of them on the road against very good teams. Blaugrana has been playing some of their best games in La Liga for quite some time, and even the insane number of injuries and the ongoing nature of this pandemic schedule don’t seem to be slowing down this team.
The Blaugrana faces Alaves, who have struggled throughout the season and won only once in their last seven matches, and have scored only 19 goals in 22 games so far. They maintained a 1-1 draw with 10 men against Barcelona earlier this season, but that was in October when the Catalans were still looking for answers.
Aside from defeating Seville, Barcelona have played better lately, and despite having a huge Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain next Tuesday, the Blaugrana will take this seriously to try to extend their unbeaten streak and continue to stay very close. To the coaches at Atletico Madrid, who drew at home last week and could fight for the first time this season as they grapple with the Covid-19 outbreak.
Alaves will not fall easily and Barcelona will have to be at their best and the hope is that they can finish the match early to save some energy on Tuesday. That should be a good thing, and Barcelona have a great chance of staying warm in the league.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen District, Mingoza, Lenglet, Alba; Pjanic, de Young, Badri; Trinkau, Messi, Griezmann
Alaves (4-4-2): Pacheco. Martin, La Guardia, Legon, Duarte; Mendes, Pina, Garcia, Rioja; Perez, Guzillo
Alaves have not been very good lately and I really think Barcelona is stuck when it comes to La Liga games now: 3-0 for the good guys.