Match Preview: Osasuna 1-1 Alaves Predictions and Betting Tips 31.12.2020

Osasuna – Alaves Predictions & Tips For Today, December 31, 2020.

League: SPAIN: LaLiga – Round 16
Match: 16:15 Osasuna – Alaves
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odd: 1.43
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 1:1 WON!!!

Match Preview

  • It’s been a poor La Liga (LL) season for rock-bottom (ahead of the round) Osasuna, as they extended their winless league run to eight games (D2, L6) despite leading twice last time out (2-2). Expect more action in this clash as four of their previous five LL fixtures have now featured over 3.5 goals (D2, L2) whilst the last competitive H2H held here ended 4-2.
  • Worryingly, Osasuna have lost three of their previous four LL home matches by a two-goal margin (D1), and have failed to score before HT here in the last five. In terms of goals, they’re more of a second-half team which is when they have netted five of their seven home league goals, albeit they still lost two of their three LL home games that were level at HT.
  • Deportivo Alavés beat Eibar 2-1 last time out to give them a second win across their previous five LL matches (D1, L2), although they still remain just a few points above the relegation zone. Interestingly, that result was the first LL match involving Alavés this season that saw the team that opened the scoring lose (W9, D5).
  • The visitors have won just twice on the road this term (D1, L4), and have lost two consecutive away matches ’to nil’ since a famous win at Real Madrid (Nov 28). Poor second halves in particular remain a concern, as Alavés have conceded exactly once beyond the hour mark in five of their seven LL away outings so far.
  • Players to watch: Roberto Torres has scored two of his three LL goals this term before HT and converted a penalty in Osasuna’s last home match. Similarly, Lucas Pérez (ALA) has netted all three of his LL goals this season inside the opening 20 minutes!
  • Hot stat: The last time Osasuna scored only 13 goals after the opening 14 LL rounds was in 2016/17 – a season they were relegated.
Head-to-head matches: OSASUNA – ALAVES
08.10.20 CF Alaves Osasuna 0 : 0
29.08.20 CF Osasuna Alaves 2 : 1
24.06.20 LL Alaves Osasuna 0 : 1
03.11.19 LL Osasuna Alaves 4 : 2
14.11.18 CF Alaves Osasuna 2 : 0