MATCH :BarcelonaV/s.Deportivo Alaves(Laliga)
TIME :8.30 PM IST (UTC +5:30)
Alaves XI: Roberto; Martín, Laguardia, Magallán, Marín; Édgar, Camarasa, Manu García, Burke; Joselu, Lucas Pérez.
Barcelona XI: Neto; Sergi Roberto, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Vidal, Riqui Puig; Messi, Ansu Fati; Luis Suárez.
Barcelona, who conceded the La Liga title to Real Madrid on Thursday night, will round off their 2019-20 domestic campaign with a trip to Alaves on Sunday.
The Spanish champions will enter this weekend’s clash off the back of a 2-1 home defeat to Osasuna, while Alaves recorded an impressive 2-1 victory away to Real Betis in their last match.
Alaves appear set for their lowest finish in La Liga since earning promotion back to the top flight at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, but the fact that they have not been relegated during a tough season is a huge positive.
Under the management of Juan Muniz until the end of the campaign, the Basque club have lost 18 of their 37 league matches this season to sit down in 15th position in the table.
El Glorioso cannot be relegated, though, as they sit four points clear of 18th-placed Leganes, with their survival guaranteed courtesy of an impressive 2-1 victory at Real Betis on Thursday night.
The win in Seville was actually their first success in Spain’s top flight since June 18, while they have lost each of their last six league games against Barca, including a 4-1 defeat at Camp Nou back in December.
Barca, meanwhile, as mentioned, will enter this match off the back of a shock 2-1 home defeat to Osasuna on Thursday night.
As it transpired, the result did not mean too much as Real Madrid’s 2-1 home success over Villarreal ensured that Zinedine Zidane’s side would win the title with a game to spare.
There is no question that it was still a desperately disappointing defeat for the club, though, and Lionel Messi aired his displeasure in the immediate aftermath.
Relinquishing control of the La Liga title will have seriously hurt the club, but they still have the Champions League to play for this season and will face Napoli in the second leg of their last-16 clash on August 8, with the tie delicately poised courtesy of a 1-1 draw in Italy back in February.
Barca have actually dropped points in 10 of their 18 away league matches this season, while they could finish the campaign as many as 10 points behind the champions, which would be a huge disappointment.