Just over halfway through their league season, Barcelona sit at sixth place with eight wins and as many losses. 17 points separate them from leaders Real Madrid, however, there is just a point between them and fourth-placed Atletico Madrid.
The next matchday pits Xavi and Diego Simeone’s sides against each other. The blockbuster clash could drastically change the standings, as Barcelona are presented with a clear chance of going into the Champions League spot. However, they will first have to trump Deportivo Alaves at the Mendizorroza to have the much-awaited opportunity next week.
Alaves currently sit third from last on the table, with just four wins in 21 matches. Moreover, they have conceded 34 goals so far in the league, having one of the worst records in that aspect this season.
[Source: Barca universal]
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