Alaves vs Real Sociedad Predictions & Match Preview

Alaves vs Real Sociedad preview

Alaves vs Real Sociedad predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups ahead of this Basque derby.

DateSunday 2nd January 2022
Kick-Off18:30 (local time)

Alaves vs Real Sociedad Preview

Alaves stadium
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Alaves and Real Sociedad face off in a battle of two badly out of form teams on Sunday in LaLiga. Both sides will be hoping to start the new year on a brighter note, although Real Sociedad’s chances of doing that have been severely hit by a major Covid-19 outbreak.

By contrast, Alaves are one of the few teams not to have reported any cases, at the time of writing at least. They will be hoping that can prove a real decisive factor in this game and the Vitoria side could use a change of luck having picked up just 1 point from their last 5 league fixtures. That came in underwhelming fashion too in the shape of a home draw against Getafe.

They were hammered 5-2 at Villarreal last time out and that proved the final straw for the Alaves board who sacked Javi Calleja earlier this week. That’s an all too familiar occurrence at this club in recent years, although in fairness Alaves’ chop and change policy has kept them in the top flight. The latest man to take on this job is José Luis Mendilibar who has been out of work since leaving relegated Eibar at the end of last season.

He’s no stranger to Basque derbies and will fancy his team has every chance here against what will be a weakened Real Sociedad side. The club has confirmed 10 positive tests and they were already going to be without key man Mikel Oyarzabal here due to suspension. The only positives for La Real are that they have experience of coping well with such a high number of absentees from earlier in the season and do have the strongest B team in Spain from which to call upon.

They could do with finding some inspiration from somewhere. After a fantastic start, the wheels have come off in recent weeks with La Real suffering four straight defeats. They were hammered 4-0 by Real Betis in their most recent away game before Oyarzabal’s moment of madness cost them against Villarreal with Second Half goals sealing a 3-1 win for Villarreal.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Alaves Wins, 3 Real Sociedad Wins, 1 Draw.
  • Real Sociedad took 4 points from the two meetings last term, winning 4-0 at home and drawing 0-0 away.
  • Alaves have been reduced to 10 men in each of their last 2 home derbies against La Real.
  • They were 2-0 victors in this fixture in June 2020.

Team News

Ximo Navarro is out injured for the hosts.

Mikel Oyarzabal is banned for the visitors who have had a major Covid-19 outbreak with 10 players testing positive, although the identities are unknown at the time of writing.

Possible Lineups

Alaves vs Real Sociedad Predictions

Score Prediction: Alaves 1-0 Real Sociedad

If they can continue to avoid the Covid wave that is sweeping Spanish football clubs, Alaves could be in as good a position as anyone this weekend and they may just be too strong for a depleted and out of sorts Real Sociedad with a new manager bounce likely to help the hosts too.

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About Mark Sochon 2070 Articles
Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at)

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