Deportivo Alaves vs. Granada 7/1/20 LaLiga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Deportivo Alaves vs. Granada 7/1/20 LaLiga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
2020-07-01 13:30:00 EDT

Deportivo Alaves is hosting Granada at Estadio de Mendizorroza in round 33 of Spanish LaLiga.

Deportivo is in 16th place in the standings with 35 points, 9 points above the relegation zone, and with a few more points, Alaves will secure their LaLiga spot for next season. Alaves isn’t an overly offensive team in LaLiga and they scored only 32 goals in 32 games this season. Defensively, Alaves isn’t great, but they aren’t the worst, Alaves has conceded 48 goals so far. In their last 5 LaLiga games since the restart, Alaves has 4 losses and only 1 win, 11 conceded goals, and only 3 scored goals. Lucas Perez has scored 11 goals and added 5 assists for Deportivo this season, while Joselu added 10 goals. There are no injuries or suspensions in Deportivo Alaves at the moment. In their last LaLiga game against Atletico Madrid, Alaves was forced to defend throughout the game and has had only 30% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 1 corner kick, and a low 65% of accurate passes. Alaves has lost this game 2-1. This isn’t a particularly great season for Alaves, but they are close to doing what was their goal before the season started, and that is securing their LaLiga spot for next season.

Granada was in a good form before the break, but they have been struggling since the restart, a lot. In their last 5 games in LaLiga, Granada has 1 win, 2 draws, and 2 losses, 6 conceded goals, and 5 scored goals. Granada is far from the relegation zone and they will stay in LaLiga next season, but they are slipping further away from the Europa League, to which they were so close. Granada is in 10th place with 43 points, 38 scored goals, and 38 conceded goals. In their last LaLiga game against Eibar at home this past weekend, Granada has had 57% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, and 68% of the correct passes. Despite being a slightly better team in this game, Granada has lost 1-2. Fernandez has scored 7 goals for Granada, while Machis added 6 goals, and Puertas has scored 5 goals. Victor Diaz added 5 assists. Lozano, Quini, Montoro, Martinez, Gonalons, Vadillo, and Silva are all injured in Granada, while Sanchez is suspended because of the yellow cards. This long injury list is a big problem for Granada, but the good thing is that they have secured their LaLiga spot for next season, which should take some pressure off of the Granada’s players.

Without all of these injuries in Granada, I would give them a look, but like this, not a chance. Granada isn’t playing well, and they haven’t won any of their last 4 games. Alaves have to win a few more points to secure their spot, and I think they start here.

Goran Kucar's Free Pick: Deportivo Alaves +137

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Goran Kucar

I was born and raised in Croatia, and with that, I was raised with soccer all around me. I love playing soccer, watching soccer, and now I love writing and handicapping soccer at PickDawgz and SportsChatPlace.

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