Real Sociedad vs Alaves Betting Tips
Real Sociedad vs Alaves
Feb 21st 10:15
- Real Sociedad v Alaves (Over/Under - Under 2.5)
- Real Sociedad v Alaves (Both Teams To Score - No)
- Real Sociedad v Alaves (Half Time Result - Draw)
Real Sociedad were once shock leaders of La Liga. Now, after 23 matchdays, Imanol Alguacil’s team are chasing a top-four place while trying to hang onto Europa League qualification for next season. Real Sociedad head into the weekend against Alaves in fifth place and two points above sixth-place Villarreal. The hope of qualifying for the Champions League is fading at Anoeta Stadium as seven points now separate the Royal from fourth-placed Sevilla.
Alaves are trying to keep their heads above water. They are a mere one point above the relegation zone going into matchday 24. Alaves have taken 22 points from 23 matches. A loss and wins from Eibar and Real Valladolid would send them down to the bottom three. Alaves have lost four of their last six games while drawing one and losing one.
On matchday 23, Alaves were thrashed by Barcelona 5-1 at Camp Nou. Real Sociedad, on the other hand, are unbeaten in four straight games. Their last two matches both ended in victories against Cadiz and Getafe. The Royal hit a massive dip in November and December, but that poor run of form looks to be over now.
Real Sociedad were thrashed in midweek by Manchester United, 4-0, in the Europa League last 32 first leg. They looked terrible in defence and mistakes were made allowing Manchester United to score at multiple goals.
Real Sociedad vs Alaves Betting Odds
Leading sportsbooks have Real Sociedad at odds of 2/3 to win at full-time on Sunday at home versus Alaves. The Royal are unbeaten in four straight games and took nine points from their last 18 on offer. Their once impenetrable defence is now giving up goals, however. Eight goals were conceded over the course of their last six games while 11 were scored.
Alguacil will feel confident that his team can get a home win based on the team’s form at Anoeta. They are unbeaten in three straight home matches with five points from nine collected. While Real Sociedad have been good over the course of their last six games, Alaves have not. Alaves are at odds of 27/5 to defeat their Basque rival at full-time.
Just four points from 18 were taken by the club. Abelardo took over the club in mid-January and after a slight uptick in form it is feared that Alaves’ improvements could be over. The Basque club have been abysmal on the road in 2020-21. They have taken a mere nine points from 33 on offer. Goals have been difficult to come by as they average less than 1.0 goal per away fixture and are –9 in goal difference.
These teams played out a nil-nil draw when they met in early December. That was a time in which Real Sociedad were struggling for wins. The teams are at odds of 11/4 to draw at full-time.
Real Sociedad vs Alaves Team News
Alguacil may rotate his side for the fixture following the thrashing they received at the hands of Manchester United at home on Thursday night. However, following the 4-0 loss, Alguacil may forgo the Europa League as there is little way back – if any – for the Royal. He could focus the team’s attention on winning this weekend and solidifying a top-five place in La Liga.
The manager is without Joseba Zaldua and Carlos Fernandez Luna for the game due to their respective injuries. The duo is set to come back in March. Miguel Moya is also set to miss the match. He has a knee injury. Jon Pacheco and Luca Sangalli are doubts to make the matchday squad. Alguacil will be without Ander Barrenetxea due to a suspension.
Abelardo has two players on the injury list and set to miss out on the fixture. Ximo Navarro has a knock. Rodrigo Ely is out of action until March after suffering a ligament injury.
Real Sociedad vs Alaves Prediction
Both teams to score: NO @ 17/20 - BET NOW
Nine straight games between Real Sociedad and Alaves in all competitions finished with both teams not scoring. There is likely to be a low number, if any, goals this weekend when the Basque derby rivals play at Anoeta. Their match in December finished nil-nil and Real Sociedad should be low on confidence following their 4-0 loss at the hands of Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Halftime result: Draw @23/20 - BET NOW
Three of the last five matches in all competitions between these clubs finished the first half as draws. Sunday’s game should be low scoring. Alaves need to collect any and every point possible to move away from the bottom three. Real Sociedad need to keep obtaining points to stay in the top five. Both clubs should be motivated to play defence and limit the chances of the other in the final third.
Under 2.5 goals scored @ 73/100 - BET NOW
Seven of the last nine games between Real Sociedad and Alaves ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Neither club score a lot goals in La Liga and the fixture should low scoring. Three of Real Sociedad’s last six La Liga matches finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Two of Alaves’ last three matches in La Liga ended with under 2.5 goals. There are not a lot of goals in this Alaves team. They have scored the third-fewest with a mere 20 in 23 games.
Real Sociedad have conceded goals of late, but overall, just 20 have been allowed by the team. It is the fourth-fewest in La Liga to this point. Alaves have conceded 34 times which is the third-highest total. However, with this being a Basque derby, Alaves should play well as they seek bragging rights against the Royal.
These teams played out a nil-nil draw in December. With Real Sociedad playing better in the league, they should be able to get a win on Sunday at home. Alaves should stay close to them and it may take a second half goal for them to get the winner.
Real Sociedad vs Alaves Tips
Here are our Real Sociedad vs Alaves tips for Sunday's La Liga match at the Anoeta.
1. Both teams to score: NO @ 17/20
2. Halftime result: Draw @23/20
3. Under 2.5 goals scored @ 73/100
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