Alaves stunned the Camp Nou last weekend by beating Barcelona 2-1. For a side that is appearing in the top flight for the first time in a decade that was some achievement and given they’ve also already visited the Vicente Calderon, it’s almost miraculous that they still boast an unbeaten record. They’ve shown they can cut it when their backs are against the wall but a 0-0 draw in their opening home game against Sporting Gijon wasn’t quite what they were after. They didn’t score a lot of goals in the Segunda Division last term and although their side has changed considerably since then, there are still some doubts about how they will break down the more cautiously-minded teams.
This will be a good test of that as Deportivo La Coruna are unlikely to come here and commit a huge number of bodies forward. They had a bad end to the summer transfer window really with star striker Lucas Perez, who was involved in the majority of their goals last season, departing and little coming in to replace him. They beat Eibar 2-1 on the opening day with Perez in the side and on the score-sheet but have failed to find the net since. A 0-0 draw at Real Betis and 1-0 home defeat against Athletic Bilbao has followed and they are being talked about as serious relegation candidates.
It’s hard to see there being many goals in this game. Alaves’ only home game and Depor’s only away game so far both finished 0-0 and you have to wonder where these teams are going to get their goals from. Deyverson netted for Alaves at Barcelona last weekend but was a bit hit and miss for Levante last term while for Depor the new-look striker partnership of Joselu and Florin Andone
The only recent meetings were in the 2013-14 Segunda Division. They drew 1-1 in Vitoria and Depor won 2-1 in La Coruna.
Both teams have scored in only 3 of Alaves’ last 11 competitive home games and in only 1 of Depor’s last 6 games in La Liga.
Moroccan defender Zouhair Feddal is expected to miss out with an injury. Few changes expected from the side that won at Barcelona.
Fernando Navarro is missing for the visitors. Joselu and Andone should continue up front.