La Liga leaders Real Sociedad makes the short trip across the Basque Country for a regional derby against Deportivo Alaves on Sunday night, hoping to resist pressure from Atletico Madrid in second, and to extend their seven-point lead from Real Madrid and 10-point lead from Barcelona, in the early stages of the season.
The San Sebastian natives have caught the eye in La Liga with their ability to score frequently, as well as keeping goals out at the other end. They are the top scorers in the league with 22 goals, while only Atletico Madrid have conceded fewer than them in the league.
Across all competitions, Sociedad have let in just six goals in their 15 games this season. Considering they have also been drawn into a tricky Europa League group, their record has been excellent.
Alaves are currently languishing in mid-table, which was much expected for the club, but their result last week was certainly a surprise, winning away to Real Madrid, however, two back-to-back shocks are unlikely. Alaves have failed to score in this fixture on four of the last eight occasions, and BTTS has only occurred once in that time, while seven of La Real’s nine wins this season have been to nil, and a further two draws saw them keep clean sheets, against Real Madrid and AZ Alkmaar.