Real Sociedad vs Alaves 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 clash.
|Sunday 13th March 2022
|18:30 (local time)
Real Sociedad vs Alaves Preview
There’s a Basque derby this Sunday in LaLiga and it’s an important one for both sides. Real Sociedad are in the thick of the battle for European places and will certainly be eyeing up maximum points from this fixture. However Alaves are fighting for their lives and every point is a useful one from here on in, particularly in tough games such as this.
Real Sociedad ran into a red hot Real Madrid last weekend and were blown away 4-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Imanol’s side only managed to have one shot in the whole game and that was from the penalty spot with Mikel Oyarzabal converting. They were unfortunate to come up against Madrid on such a good day for Los Blancos but the gulf in quality was further evidence of La Real’s decline given they were being talked about as potential title challengers in some quarters earlier in the campaign.
Their preparations for this one have been hampered somewhat with both Oyarzabal and Mikel Merino suffering minor injuries that have kept them off the training field, but they are still expected to start here. Both players may end up with decisions to make this summer as it feels a bit like Real Sociedad’s progress has stalled a bit and there could be summer interest from elsewhere for their star assets.
Alaves meanwhile are only thinking about the next 11 games as they bid to stage yet another late escape act. While they have only won once since appointing José Luis Mendilibar, all is certainly not lost despite their current 19th place position. They still have to play the likes of Granada, Rayo and Cadiz at home, and with a kinder run-in than some of their rivals, there’s every chance they can pull themselves clear again.
They can take encouragement from their last two results too. They got a 2-2 draw at Getafe who had been in sparkling form at home, although failed to make the most of a man advantage in that game. They then put in a more convincing showing in the 0-0 home draw against 2nd placed Sevilla last time out where they showed the kind of defensive qualities which could make life difficult for La Real here.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Real Sociedad Wins, 1 Alaves Win, 2 Draws.
- Real Sociedad have recorded 3-0 and 4-0 wins in the last 2 meetings here.
- Alaves’ last win here was by a 1-0 margin in 2018.
- The sides drew 1-1 earlier this season in Vitoria.
|Carlos Fernandez, Barrenetxea
|Munoz, Monreal, Oyarzabal, Zubeldia, Merino
Real Sociedad vs Alaves Predictions
Score Prediction: Real Sociedad 1-0 Alaves
Real Sociedad may be frustrated for periods of this game but they have started to find a bit of home form again with 10 points from their last 4 league outings in Donostia. They may just have the edge on Alaves here to claim an important 3 points in their push for European football.
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