My opinion on Alain? Well, he's better than Ash, that's for sure. If anything, he's what Ash SHOULD have been in the X/Y series. As for the upcoming match, I honestly don't care who wins, Ash is most likely going to lose anyways, but even if he does win and this somehow ends up being his first league win (Orange Islands doesn't count), I wouldn't really care because I stopped caring about Ash's character long ago. If Ash won the league back in Hoenn or Sinnoh, I would have cared, but whether he wins or loses, I just don't really care anymore.