This is a must win situation for Barcelona.
Barca has many problems this year. They lost the race for the title and if they finish at the end of the season on top 4 places, it will be success for them. They lost in the semi-final of the Super Cup from Real Madrid and were eliminated by Athletic Bilbao in Copa del Rey in extra time, so Alaves is the right opportunity to come back to the wins. Garcia, Roberto, Umtiti and Wague are missing in Barca, while Ansu Faty is questionable.
Alaves is in the zone that leads to La Liga 2 next year. They are 19th with 17 points. They are winnles since November, where the last win was against Levante at home. Then, in the next 9 matches, they have 4 draws and 5 defeats. Navarro is the only missing player in Alaves.
Barca must win this. In the last 10 matches against Alaves, they have 8 wins and only on 2 matches Alaves stayed undefeated. At Estadio Mendizorrotza, Barca is undefeated. 8 wins for Barca and 5 draws in 13 matches.
In the next few weeks, Barcelona will have some difficult matches and with win here, will stay in pace for the top positions.