There is nothing wrong with Barca’s form either, with 11 wins and 2 draws from their last 13 in all competitions during a spell in the season in which they’ve tightened their grip on La Liga and made excellent progress in Europe. Alaves have been very strong at home this term overall but they’ve lost their way a bit, even in that regard.
The Basques have now gone 5 home league games without a win and were hammered 4-0 in Vitoria by Atletico Madrid quite recently. Therefore you have to fancy even a slightly weakened Barcelona side to win this and backing an Away Win appeals.
Wolves predictably suffered from post FA Cup hungover last weekend and slipped to a 3-1 defeat to Southampton. Nuno's side have only won two of their last eight league games. Brighton are in serious trouble after losing their relegation six-pointer with Cardiff on Tuesday. Brighton are now only two points above the bottom three, though Cardiff face Liverpool this weekend. Brighton have lost five games in a row in all competitions and haven't scored a goal in that time. They have gone off the boil at the worst possible moment.
Chelsea carry a 1-0 advantage from the first leg and will fancy their chances of progressing to the last four of the Europa League at home on Thursday. Chelsea have kept clean sheets in eight of their last 10 home games in all competitions. Slavia Prague have only won two of their five away matches in the Europa League this season.