Both sides will be desperate for a win when they face each other at the Mendizorroza Stadium on Saturday in La Liga tournament.
Alaves started the season strongly, and they were in the top four for quite some time. Since then, their form has petered out. They are currently in 8th place, and woefully out of form. Abelardo Fernandez’s side is winless in their last seven games, and he will be keen to get back to winning ways against Sociedad. They have drawn three and lost four, picking up just 3 points from the 21 available.
Athletic Bilbao were their opponents last week, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. It was a dull game, and Alaves did not threaten the Bilbao back-line aside from the goal. Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Espanyol, and Barcelona have defeated Alaves in the last seven games, so the quality of opposition is commendable. This poor run has seen them drop in the table, which has made European qualification even tougher.Embed from Getty Images
They are five points behind Valencia in sixth place, who will get the automatic Europa League qualification for next season. Finishing in seventh place could also get them there, and Bilbao currently occupy that spot. Bilbao are three points ahead of Alaves. With three games to go, Abelardo can certainly hope to gain European football for next season. The first step towards the same will be picking up a win on Saturday.
Sociedad are close to Alaves, and just one position below them in the La Liga table. They are three points below Alaves. Even though the league position doesn’t give us much to differentiate them, the current form tells a different story. Sociedad won last week, as Getafe were beaten 2-1. That win ended a four-game losing streak for them, and they will be confident heading into Saturday’s tie.Embed from Getty Images
Willian Jose and Mikel Oyarzabal got the goals against Getafe. Oyarzabal has been their top scorer in league with 13 strikes so far. He will be essential for them yet again on Saturday. Jose has been great as well and has scored 11 league goals.
These two sides met earlier this season at the Anoeta. Alaves won that day, as Jonathan Calleri got the only goal of the game to clinch a 1-0 win for his side.
Alaves vs Real Sociedad Prediction
Sociedad have managed to score two goals just once in the last five games, which is encouraging for Alaves. Calleri will be the main man for Alaves, and he is their top scorer this season with eight goals. Alaves will be slight underdogs in this game, mainly due to their poor form in recent weeks.
Sociedad can go above their opponents with a win due to their superior goal difference. The game should be a tight one, as Abelardo can’t afford to lose another game in front of the home fans. The total goals in this one should be less than 2.5. A win would be huge for Alaves, but it seems unlikely in the circumstances.
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