Barcelona can close to within three points of the Primera Division title if they can overcome Alaves on Tuesday at the Mendizorrotza.
Ernesto Valverde’s side moved to 77 points on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Real
For their part, Alaves have enjoyed a decent campaign and are situated in eighth, though they have failed to win any of their last five fixtures, drawing 2-2 with Real Valladolid at the weekend.
|Game||Alaves vs Barcelona|
|Date||Tuesday, April 23|
|Time||8:30pm BST / 3:30pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched on Premier Sports 1 or streamed via Eleven Sports 1.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Premier Sports 1||Eleven Sports 1|
Squads & Team News
|Defenders||Laguardia, Navarro, Ely, Duarte, Marin, Aguirregabiria, Vigaray|
|Midfielders||Garcia, Brasanac, Pina, Wakaso|
|Forwards||Jony, Rolan, Blanco, Twumasi, Guidetti, Baston|
Alaves starting XI: Pacheco; Vigaray, Navarro, Laguardia, Ely, Duarte; Wakaso, Pina; Rolan, Baston, Jony
|Goalkeepers||Ter Stegen, Cillessen|
|Defenders||Semedo, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Pique, Vermaelen, Umtiti, Sergi Roberto|
|Midfielders||Busquets, Coutinho, Vidal, Alena, Arthur|
|Forwards||Messi, Dembele, |
Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Semedo; Alena, Busquets, Vidal; Dembele, Suarez, Coutinho
Betting & Match Odds
Already nine points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, head coach Ernesto Valverde wants his side to put the Liga title to bed as rapidly as possible.
Indeed, if results go Barca’s way, it could even be sealed on Wednesday, when Atletico Madrid host Valencia, which means there is no chance there will be any relent for Tuesday’s encounter in Alaves.
“Ideally we would like to win the league this midweek, but we are playing against a side that
"Every coach would want to get the league wrapped up as quickly as possible, but we will have to wait and see if we are capable of doing so or not.
"I hope we win it by a comfortable margin like we did last year, but we shall see.
“We are still in contention to win three titles, but at the same time we might end up with none.”
Speaking to Onda Cero, director Josean Querejeta confirmed in the early hours of Tuesday that the coach had asked to double his wages amid the belief that he had “hit a glass ceiling” at the club.
On track to enjoy one of the best campaigns in their 90-year history, Abelardo has previously spoken of his desire to make life as complicated as possible for their opponents.
“We know we have everything to gain and nothing to lose,” he said.
“We must be an aggressive team, both defensively and offensively, and try to cover their offensive possibilities by closing off the spaces.
“We cannot allow them to have time to think, covering their runs and attack very well with speed and especially with precision.
“Football is one of the few sports in which perhaps you are not superior to your rival but you end up winning.”
Having already beaten Real Madrid this season, another massive scalp would reignite Alaves's European hopes after some challenging weeks.