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Barcelona vs. Alaves: Odds, Live Stream, TV Schedule and Preview

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistDecember 20, 2019

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 18: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on December 18, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Barcelona continue their quest to retain the La Liga title on Saturday when they welcome Alaves to the Camp Nou.

Barca and Real Madrid could not be separated during a goalless draw on Wednesday, and Spain's two biggest clubs remain locked at the top of the table. The Blaugrana marginally lead the division on goal difference.

Alaves are sat in 14th place and suffered a humiliating 3-1 Copa del Rey exit at the hands of Real Jaen on Tuesday. The Basque team have won just twice in their last eight in La Liga.

            

Date: Saturday, Dec. 21

Time: 4 p.m. local, 3 p.m. GMT, 10 a.m ET

TV: BeIN Sports (USA)

StreamPremier PlayerLaLigaTVbeIN Connect

Odds: Barca: 7-50, Alaves: 16-1, draw: 15-2 (via Caesars)

               

Preview

Ernesto Valverde's team will attempt to temporarily pull away at the top of La Liga before Madrid entertain Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

El Clasico was goalless for the first time in 17 years, but Madrid had opportunities to claim the points, with VAR denying Gareth Bale a winner.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 18: (L-R) referee Hernandez Hernandez, Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid, Toni Kroos of Real Madrid, Arturo Vidal of FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander  match between FC Barcelona v Real Madrid at
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Valverde expressed his frustrations after a tense encounter, per Marca (h/t Football Espana):

"It was a game that was filled with disputed battles, with both teams having good periods during the match.

"There has been a lot of tension and cards, but that is a classic situation in El Clasico.

"We end the year level with Real Madrid (only top by goal difference), and that is frustrating.

"Of course we wanted to win, but against a strong opponent, that is not always possible, and it is complicated."

The visit of an Alaves team in decline should give the champions a chance to find the back of the net and increase their lead before the winter break. 

Barca have drawn their last two La Liga encounters and need a victory to regain momentum.

VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 30: Asier Garitano, head coach of Deportivo Alaves reacts during the Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Real Madrid CF at Estadio de Mendizorroza on November 30, 2019 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. (Photo by Quality Spor
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The Camp Nou giants have been ruthless in their last six games against Alaves in all competitions, scoring 18 goals and only conceding twice during a perfect run of victories.

Alaves have been inconsistent this season, only winning back-to-back games just once. After opening La Liga unbeaten in their first three games, they lost five of the next seven, and a relegation battle might be around the corner.

Asier Garitano took charge of the club in May, but the former Leganes and Real Sociedad manager has so far failed to improve performances.

Alaves finished 11th last term and a repeat of that would be welcome, but the team are struggling to move through the gears.