Rivals in the hot zone

The emergencies overwhelm Alavés and Osasuna, who inhabit the part near the descent. The Albiazules do not improve with Abelardo and they are lacking a lot in defense.


Clash of equipment in need in Vitoria. Alavés, with a worse run, and Osasuna, with a second round in which they have come back from their situation (follow the game live on AS.com). What was traditionally a festive match with the two fans in the streets, will now be at a cold crossroads with the Mendizorroza stands empty.

The Albiazul team, one point from relegation, needs to turn the defensive situation around, as they have conceded nine goals in two games, against Barcelona and Real Sociedad. The babazorros target the line they had against Valladolid, which they beat 1-0 in a solid match. Abelardo has recovered Ximo Navarro and Battaglia this week. Those who were in the dry dock were Ely, with a crusader fracture, and Javi López, with a fiber break. At the last minute, the club's coach reported Pons out due to hamstring problems. Duarte is doubtful since he only completed an entire session with the group due to knee discomfort.

Alavés suffered in San Sebastián with the filtered passes of Merino, Silva and Oyarzabal, who always found the backs of the central Vitoria. Therefore, and with the return of Ximo, it is possible that Abelardo sacrifices Laguardia, since Tachi is in a great moment. Osasuna will propose a different football: intense, vertical and very physical. If the people from Vitoria do not call that bet, they will suffer a lot.

The Navarrese, four points from relegation, will have a new bullet to forget their last defeat against Sevilla, which ended a good streak. Not once did they throw between the three sticks. Brasanac, who has suffered a shoulder injury and a fractured fibula, falls from direct contact with coronavirus. It will be a special day for the exalbiazules Herrera, Adrián, Calleri and Jony.

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