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Santander vs Alaves Prediction & Betting tips
Being honest there is no clear favorite to win the game, as the two teams are immersed in the preseason and you can not see much of their real football level. In addition to being able to forget that they are combative and to a certain extent limited in the elaboration. For this reason and knowing that they will have problems facing the goal, we believe that the bet “minus 2.5 goals” is interesting to consider in this opportunity. Paint to be a tactical duel and closed from the initial stage, being possible that maximum two goals in total. What’s more, it is not ruled out that one or perhaps only one can not be fulfilled. Everything depends on how effective they are with the few chances they can generate.
The team this year will play the Second Division B again after failing to fight the promotion to the second division last season. It culminated in the fifth place with 68 points, being to 5 of the zone of playoffs. Now the goal of the squad is to repeat the level exhibited in the previous season and fight to sneak into the first 4 places of the championship. The manager of this project is the coach Iván Ania, who has already started the preparation work a few days ago. There have been several players from the past tournament and new ones have arrived such as Iñaki Olaortua, Jagoba Zárraga, Jordi Figueras and Jon Ander Pérez, who will play 7 friendlies to catch the rhythm of football and get the best way to start their league on August 15 .
The rivals to face are the following: Alavés, Vitoria, Lugo, Barakaldo, Leioa, Cultural de Guarnizo and Cultural Leonesa. In the end all these collations will be useful to Professor Ania to find a suitable game system to fight for the direct ascent. The main goal of the players is to achieve a tactical match and become a compact and uncomfortable rival to overcome. At the moment he will try to defend well and populate the midfield to stop a rival that plays in the first division. As an added fact we tell you that the Santander squad scored more than positive results in the Sardinero throughout the past season (13 wins, 3 equalities and 3 falls, scoring 25 goals and conceding 10 on their fence).
The campaign of the team in the past Santander League was acceptable within all, since it managed to add 47 points product of 15 wins, 2 draws and 21 falls. For the existent establishment they were relatively interesting numbers, since they finished to 18 of the direct descent. Now the goal of coach Abelardo is to translate his philosophy and keep the club in the Spanish first division another season. The preseason has begun and there have not been many signings that we say, except for the arrival of Jony del Málaga and defender Ximo Navarro. The game against Racing de Santander will be the first friendly of the squad, being the following against Logroñés, Leganés, Alcorcón and Numancia (rivals of a certain level to test everything achieved from the physical, from the tactical and from the technical).
If we refer to the references of Alavés, we tell you that Manu García, Guidetti and Dani Torres did not start the preseason with the squad, later integrating for different reasons. Other players who are also participating in the works are Víctor, Paulino, Lupu, Héctor, Vuco, Natxo and Álex, which come from the subsidiary. As already mentioned, it is unlikely that the team will show the best of its performance, since the physical factor often weighs in the first friendly matches that are played at this time. In addition, almost always the mark is imposed on good football, appearing many mistakes at the time of elaboration (hard legs that make it difficult to create twisted plays). As extra data you should know that the “blue and whites” recorded 6 wins, 1 draw and 12 defeats as visitors in the last Spanish league. Of course, they scored only 19 goals in 19 outings, proving to be a team that struggles to score in this condition.
The last match that both clubs played was almost 2 years ago, more precisely on July 30, 2016. On that occasion, they drew without goals after the final whistle. They officially played in the Spanish second division during the 2014-2015 season (1-1 draw in October 2014 at the Sardinero and 2-1 triumph at Alavés in Mendizorroza).
Santander vs Alaves head to head matches
30.07.16 CF Santander Alaves 1 : 0 (0 : 0)
28.03.15 LL2 Alaves Santander 2 : 1
25.10.14 LL2 Santander Alaves 1 : 1
26.02.06 LL Alaves Santander 2 : 2
02.10.05 LL Santander Alaves 1 : 2