Alaves vs Barcelona Live Info: Barcelona welcome Girona to London on Tusday for Spanish Primera Division action with the Blues looking to jump up the table. The Blues are in fifth place with a record of 20-6-8 and 66 points, while Girona entered the weekend with a record of 11-6-17 in 15th place with 39 points, eight clear of the drop zone.
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Spanish Primera Division: Alaves vs Barcelona
Date: Tusday, April 23
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Barcelona vs Girona Live
Barcelona welcome Alaves to Stamford Bridge on Tusday night, with the Blues looking to bounce back from the defeat to Liverpool in the Spanish Primera Division last week.Progression to the Europa League semi-final should have lifted the spirits of Barcelona fans on Thursday, but a poor second half performance against Slavia Prague has only raised more questions for (and around) Maurizio Sarri.
Antonio Rudiger is unavailable as he recovers from a knee injury sustained at Anfield, with Andreas Christensen in line to continue alongside David Luiz in the centre of defence. Eden Hazard is expected to play through the pain caused by the tough tackling Prague side, giving Sarri a near full squad to choose from.
Alaves started 2018-19 in just about the worst manner imaginable and, rather than cementing their place in the top half as they had hoped, they spent the rest of the season fighting relegation. Their campaign has suffered a number of blows, from unexpected Europa League heartbreak to having to play Joe Hart, and it is to their credit that they have now secured their Spanish Primera Division status for another season — still an achievement in and of itself.
Manager, shameless self-promoter and likely Brexiteer Sean Dyche has had to use all of his motivational skills to pull Girona back from the brink. From the start of October until Boxing Day they won only one of twelve games and conceded three or more goals in half of them, getting absolutely pummelled by Manchester City, Barcelona and Everton. It looked for all the world that Girona’s opponents, no longer taking them lightly, had figured out how to break them down. More worrying still, it seemed like the players had lost their will to survive.
Girona travel to London to face Barcelona on Tusday night, as the Clarets seem to have secured their Spanish Primera Division survival once more.
Last week's 2-0 win over Cardiff City looks to have brought Girona out of a relegation battle with four games to spare, continuing their good form of three consecutive wins.
Sean Dyche has a full squad available for the trip to Stamford Bridge and it is unlikely that there will be many changes from the victory over Cardiff.