Real Sociedad vs Alaves Match Preview & Prediction

Real Sociedad vs Alaves Match Preview & Prediction

Real Sociedad vs Alaves predictions, H2H and match preview for this Thursday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as two Basque clubs meet at Anoeta.


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Real Sociedad vs Alaves Preview

The final midweek match in La Liga comes from San Sebastian where high-flying Real Sociedad entertain Basque rivals Alaves. La Real have really caught the eye so far with some enterprising, attacking football that has delivered results as well as entertainment for their fans. Alaves on the other hand, were never exactly going to be a team that would set the pulses racing under Asier Garitano but they have looked reasonably solid so far.

Sociedad will be the clear favourites. They were good value for their 3-1 win at Espanyol at the weekend following on from a shock victory over Atletico Madrid. There might not be quite as many in for this game, their second at a revamped Anoeta but it should still be a good atmosphere with Alaves likely to bring a decent following for this Basque derby.

The visitors were in derby action as recently as last weekend. They were on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat in Bilbao and while this will be a very different kind of test against a more technical Sociedad side, it’s likely to be every bit as tough. Alaves’ 5 games so far this season have yielded just 6 goals in total. Only 2 of those were scored by Alaves, both by new signing Joselu who has been a bit of a lone ranger up front at times.

That may well be the case again here. Alaves are likely to pack the midfield and try to turn this into a physical game, one area they may feel as though they have the edge. If they can unsettle the likes of Martin Ødegaard and Mikel Merino in the Sociedad midfield, they may just be able to get a foothold in this game but it will be a tough one against a Real Sociedad side that will be brimming with confidence right now.


Real Sociedad vs Alaves Predictions

Score Prediction: 2-0 Sociedad

Sociedad have put in two classy performances heading into this game and if they can find the same level again, then the points really should be there’s. Alaves won’t make it easy for them. They’ve looked a disciplined outfit and have quickly gelled together in a defensive sense despite wholesale summer changes to their team. However there is a clear lack of quality going forward and if Sociedad are patient they should be able to find the breakthrough that will lead them on their way to winning the game.


Real Sociedad vs Alaves H2H

  • Last 6 competitive meetings: 4 Real Sociedad Wins, 2 Alaves Wins
  • The sides have met twice in friendlies since the start of the summer – a 0-0 draw and a 1-0 Sociedad win.
  • Alaves won this fixture 1-0 last season but Sociedad gained revenge by winning by the same scoreline in Vitoria later in the campaign.
  • Sociedad have won 3 of the last 4 meetings overall.

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Predicted Line Ups

Real Sociedad Team:

Moya – Monreal, Llorente, Elustondo, Zaldua – Odegaard, Zubeldia, Merino – Oyarzabal, Jose, Januzaj (4-3-3)

Alaves Team:

Pacheco – Duarte, Laguardia, Navarro, Aguirregabiria – Perez, Wakaso, Garcia, Pina, Vidal – Joselu (4-5-1)


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