In the relegation zone, Alavés and Las Palmas duel on Friday, December 8, in an attempt to improve their situation in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship. The match, to be held at the Mendizorrotza stadium in Vitoria-Gasteiz, will be responsible for opening the fifteenth round of the tournament. It is scheduled to start at 118h (Brasília time).
Alaves’ recent performance
Deception is an adjective that can be pasted on either of the two teams. The Las Palmas managed to sail with ease last season staying away from the threat of fall throughout the year. The Alaves went beyond. Not only did he settle comfortably in the first half of the standings as he reached the final of the King’s Cup. He lost to the giant Barcelona.
However, command changes between seasons caused damage to both. In the case of Alavés, Italian coach Gianni de Biasi failed to maintain the same standard of play set by Argentine Mauricio Pellegrino, who left the club at the end of last season to accept a proposal considered more interesting to command Southampton, England. This caused her early dismissal.
For his place was hired former player Abelardo. His last club was Gijón, from where he was dismissed in January after leading the team in 56 matches. It will make its debut on Friday with the possibility of taking the team from the relegation zone, although the possibility is not the greatest.
Alavés is in the nineteenth (penultimate) position with nine points (three wins and 11 losses). The distance to La Coruña, who will only play on Saturday at home against Leganes, is three points. However, to overtake him, Alavés has yet to cash in on the deficit on goal difference. It has a deficit of 14 against negative balance of ten of the rival.
For this, the new coach may not be able to count on one of his most important attackers. Ruben Sobrinho (eight games in the Spanish 2017/2018 Championship, no goal) has been out of action for two rounds. He suffered a groin injury. It still depends on a new evaluation of the medical department to know if it can be available. However, even if released, it may not be used, since the team won the two games in which it was absent. He scored 3-0 in Getafe (home) and 3-2 in Girona (away).
current form of Las Palmas
Las Palmas is slightly better than Alaves. With 10 points (three wins, one draw and ten losses), it occupies the eighteenth position. However, like the rival, he has already had a change of command in the current season. Paco Ayestaran could not resist a 3-2 defeat at home to La Coruna, which caused the elimination in the King’s Cup, and was fired.
To replace him, the club was seeking in Argentina Jorge Almirón, who was runner-up in the 2017 edition of the Copa Libertadores. In command of the Lanús, lost the title to the Guild. The Spanish Federation has yet to accept the change of command. Although it is a bureaucratic issue, it may not be resolved in time to allow the new commander’s release on Friday.
Thus, there is the possibility that the team will again be led by Paquito Ortiz, who acted as interim in the home win of 1-0 in the previous round against Betis. If he is called again by the board, he may not be able to count on defender Pedro Bigas (eight games in the Spanish 2017/2018 Championship, no goal); and Alen Halilovic (three games without a goal), Jerónimo Momo (four games without a goal) and Victor Vitolo (nine games, one goal), which are handed over to the medical department.
History of the games between Alavés and Las Palmas
The two games involving the teams in the previous season of the Spanish Championship finished tied for 1 to 1.
The recent improvement, the home factor and the possibility of having your players more motivated with the change of command, make Alavés the best betting option for the game. It has a price of 2.35 in Rivalo. Tie presents prize of 3.30 and successful visitor triples the investment.