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Barcelona travel to Alaves for their second game of the 2017-18 La Liga campaign on Saturday and will hope to maintain new manager Ernesto Valverde’s winning start to the league campaign. The Blaugrana defeated Real Betis 2-0 in their league opener on Sunday but are already second in the standings to champions Real Madrid, who sent a statement with a convincing 3-0 victory at Deportivo La Coruna. Alaves succumbed to a 6-0 hammering in this fixture last season and are looking to avoid back-to-back losses after they suffered a 1-0 defeat in their journey to Leganes last Friday.
In the first competitive fixture since the Blaugrana defeated Alaves in the Copa del Rey final, the two sides will do battle at the Mendizorrotza Stadium in the second round of games in La Liga. The visitors will be hoping to put all the negative energy surrounding the team behind them, while keeping the pace with rivals Real Madrid, who started the season with a comfortable 3-0 victory last weekend.
There is more hope that Iniesta could make his comeback from injury against Alaves on Saturday. Reuters reported prior to the season-opener against Betis that he could overcome his thigh injury to feature, and the club will hope to see their midfield star come back in Week 2.