By David Goulbourn

When: 12:30PM EST, Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Where: Estadio Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain

Betting Line: OFF

TV Coverage: beIN SPORTS Connect

 

UD Las Palmas (10-8-14) welcome Deportivo Alaves (11-10-11) to Estadio Gran Canaria on Sunday in a mid-table La Liga clash between the teams in 13th and 11th place. The last time these 2 sides met was in December when they played out a 1-1 draw at the Mendizorroza. Alexis gave Deportivo Alaves the lead on that day before a second-half equalizer from Marko Livaja levelled the game up.

UD Las Palmas come into this game 14th in the table and 16 points clear of the relegation zone, meaning that they don’t have much more than personal pride left to play for this season. They will have their sights set on a top-half finish and they currently sit 6 points behind Celta Vigo in 10th with 6 games to play. Deportivo Alaves find themselves in a similar situation but are just a solitary point behind Celta Vigo, so a top half finish will be their main aim for the remainder of the season.  

Deportivo Alaves

Deportivo Alaves come into this game on a poor run of form that has seen them win just twice in their last 5 games. They did manage to end a run of 3 consecutive losses against Real Madrid, Osasuna and Espanyol last time out as they surprisingly beat 5th place Villarreal 2-1 thanks to first-half goals from Ibai and Rodrigo Ely. Goals have been a problem for Deportivo Alaves, having scored just 31 times this season and only Leganes and Granada CF have scored fewer goals than them in La Liga. The lack of goals has resulted in them drawing a lot of games and they currently lead the league in drawn games.

UD Las Palmas

UD Las Palmas come into the game in equally poor form with 2 wins 3 losses in their last 5 games. They too recently beat Villarreal to gain one of those victories, but losses against Celta Vigo, Eibar and then last time out against Athletic Bilbao have followed. They were beaten 5-1 by the Basque country club and found themselves 2-0 down within 10 minutes. Pedro Bigas got the only goal of the game on a difficult day for traveling UD Las Palmas fans. Goals from set pieces have been a problem for UD Las Palmas this season and they lead the division for goals conceded from set pieces with 23. Indeed, the club has the worst defensive record of any team outside of the bottom 3.

Key Points

1. UD Las Palmas have a strong home record this season and rank 6th in the home table. Indeed, 9 of the clubs 10 victories this season have come at home.

2. Deportivo Alaves, on the other hand, have a strong away record and rank 7th in the away table with 6 wins away from home.  

3. UD Las Palmas have won their last 3 games at home, scoring 10 goals in the process. They haven’t won 4 games in a row at home since February 1988.

The Pick

UD Las Palmas have been strong at home recently and I expect them to pick up another victory here on Sunday.

UD Las Palmas 3, Deportivo Alaves 1

La Liga , soccer