The Barcelona crisis continued on Wednesday evening, as they were handed a second straight defeat. That loss ended the reign of Ronald Koeman, and whoever is in charge of the Catalonian giants this weekend will be looking to avoid a shock defeat against Alaves.
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Barcelona’s worrying campaign took another twist on Wednesday evening, as they were beaten for the second successive game by Rayo Vallecano. That defeat signalled the end of the Ronald Koeman reign at the Nou Camp, and all eyes will be on who will replace the Dutchman.
A decision may be announced by the weekend, but they will have a huge job on their hands. Barcelona are a million miles away from being a side competing for the title this season, and a finish in the Champions League places also looks like a tall order.
The Catalonian giants were lacklustre in the final third of that game on Wednesday evening, as they managed just a single shot on target. They dominated the ball throughout the game, as they had 69% of the possession, but ultimately it was a Radamel Falcao goal that was the difference between the two sides.
Alaves will travel to the Nou Camp keen to inflict more pain on Barcelona this weekend, and they couldn’t come into this match in better form. Despite being down in 16th place in the standings, they have won three times in their last five, which includes back-to-back wins in their last two.
It has been a fine recovery by the club, as it looked as though they would be facing a fight to stay in the division this season. Mamadou Loum scored the winning goal in their last win against Elche.
Barcelona vs Alaves Head to Head
Barcelona have a good record against Alaves, as they have won 13 of the 15 games against their opponents this weekend. The visitors have won just once, while there has also been one draw. The last draw between the sides came last season, as they drew 1-1 in Alaves. However, Barcelona came back in the return game to win 5-1 at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona vs Alaves Prediction
Alaves last won at the Nou Camp in September 2016. However, given the circumstances that Barcelona come into this game under, we wouldn’t be surprised to see them claim a famous win against the Catalonians at the Nou Camp, who are likely to be managerless this weekend.
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