21 December 2019 live
Prior to their midweek El Clásico stalemate, Barcelona enjoyed four straight La Liga (LL) home wins each featuring over 3.5 total goals and a margin of over 2.5 goals. Three of that winning quartet saw Barcelona erase the -2 handicap before half-time, with two of them seeing the ‘Blaugranes’ score exactly twice inside the first 30 minutes.
Barcelona’s 0-0 draw in midweek also ended a wider run of 14 consecutive LL home wins, though less than half (six) of them had produced a clean sheet. Intriguingly though, the last three of those cleansheet home wins saw Barcelona specifically win the second half 1-0 through a goal beyond the hour mark.
Deportivo Alavés travel having lost three of their last four competitive matches (D1, L3). Both of the away games (L2 – GF 1, GA 6) saw an Alavés player receive a straight red card, with Alavés also conceding exactly two second-half goals from open play each time.
In a potential precursor, three of the last four league H2Hs at this venue have seen Alavés allow Barcelona to eradicate a second-half handicap of -2. Impressively though, Alavés have at least pulled off a first-half shutout in each of their last four league visits to Camp Nou.
Players to watch: Lionel Messi accounts for five of Barcelona’s last seven first-half home goals in the league.
Scoring twice beyond the 80th minute in Alavés’ most recent away victory, Joselu has opened the scoring in each of Alavés’ last two wins, both of which have seen them win the half to feature said opener 2-0.
Stat attack: Only one of Barcelona’s last six LL home victories over Alavés has seen the ‘Blaugranes’ win both halves.
Alavés have conceded an average of 1.5 penalty goals per-match across their last two LL away defeats.
The visitors’ win/draw rate in LL away games entered as betting outsiders this season is 25% – half of last season’s rate from such games.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 16:00.