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Alaves will be at Reale Arena on Sunday for the La Liga meeting with hosts Real Sociedad.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Real Sociedad v Alaves are shown below (including the best match odds).
Real Sociedad will be looking for an improved result here after the 0-4 Europa League defeat last time out to Manchester United.
In that match, Real Sociedad managed 59% possession and 8 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Manchester United had 12 shots on goal with 9 on target. Bruno Fernandes (27', 57'), Marcus Rashford (65') and Daniel James (90') scored for Manchester United.
Matches featuring Real Sociedad have often been exciting ones of late with high scoring anticipated. Over their past six games, the sum total of 20 goals have gone in for both sides combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 9 of them accredited to Txuri-urdin. Having said that, it remains to be seen if that trend shall be replicated in this next match.
Their previous form shows that Real Sociedad:
- haven't beaten Alaves in their last 2 league matches.
- are unbeaten in their last 3 league matches at home.
Following on from suffering a loss in their previous game against Barcelona in La Liga competition, Alaves and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Alaves had 27% possession and 6 attempts on goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Alaves was Luis Rioja (57'). On the other side, FC Barcelona had 17 attempts at goal with 9 of them on target. Trincão (29', 74'), Lionel Messi (45', 75') and Júnior Firpo (80') scored for Barcelona.
It is worth noting that Alaves have struggled for goals over their previous 6 encounters, contributing the disappointing return of just 4. In those fixtures, Babazorros have also seen the collective goal aggregate of their opponents equal 16.
Heading into this fixture, Alaves have not won away from home in their last 6 league games.
Head to head
Looking over their past head to head clashes stretching back to 04/03/2018 tells us that Real Sociedad have won 3 of these & Alaves 2, with the tally of drawn results being 1.
10 goals were scored between them in this period, with 6 from Txuri-urdin and 4 created by Babazorros. The average number of goals per game works out to 1.67.
The last league game featuring these clubs was La Liga match day 12 on 06/12/2020 which ended up with the score at Alaves 0-0 Real Sociedad.
That day, Alaves had 32% possession and 5 shots on goal with 1 of them on target.
Real Sociedad had 13 shots at goal with 5 of them on target.
The referee was José Luis Munuera Montero.
Team News: Real Sociedad
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just a single fitness concern for the Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil to contend with from a near full-strength set of players. Luca Sangalli (Knee Injury) is out of contention.
Team News: Alaves
Thanks to a completely injury-free group ready to go, Alaves manager Abelardo Fernández has no fitness worries whatsoever before this clash.
In our view, Alaves will likely be able to put a goal past this Real Sociedad lineup, although that isn’t expected to be enough to avoid a loss.
We reckon that it will be a very close game with a 2-1 advantage for Real Sociedad after 90 minutes. Looking forward to this.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Reale Arena (39,500)
Captain: Asier Illarramendi
Chairman: Jokin Aperribay
Manager: Imanol Alguacil
Competitions: La Liga position 5, Europa League (Round of 32)
⭐ Star Man: Portu
Usually deployed in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Portu was born in Murcia, Spain. Having played his first senior match for Valencia in the 2013 - 2014 season, the talented Midfielder has managed to score 5 league goals in this LaLiga 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 22 appearances.