All of the other teams in the top six have already secured a full three points this week. So, while we won’t be able to either cut into Barca and RM’s lead or create further separation from Atleti, Sociedad, and Villareal, we’ll head to Alaves needing all three points just to keep pace.
It seems we’ve largely done away with those demons preventing us from winning away from the RSP, but I still don’t expect it to be easy. Although they are Liga newcomers this season, Alaves sit in a very respectable 11th place. Furthermore, they’re in the Copa del Rey final, which is a huge accomplishment for this newly promoted side. With that said, their recent form is a bit mixed. Two solid wins against Valencia and Deportivo. But a demolition at the hands of Barca (0-6, but really, who can blame them?) and also a loss to relegation-battlers Granada. So, its hard to say what exactly we’ll be facing.
For us… The mood here in the comments swings wildly with our mosts recent performance. And, while uninspiring, I think most of us are pleased to have taken all three from Bilbao (especially given the players we were missing). And yet I think most of us agree that our form has dipped slightly from where it was maybe 2-3 weeks ago. No cause for alarm, but a solid, 90 minute ass whooping of Alaves would certainly be the bright start to the work week that I could undoubtedly use.
Anyway, obviously no truly profound insights here. We’re missing Nasri (yellow accumulation I believe) but otherwise should be at full stength.