AZ Alkmaar vs. Real Sociedad – Europa League, November 26, 2020

| November 24, 2020 12:50 pm PDT

With AZ Alkmaar and Real Sociedad locked on six points in Group F, Thursday’s clash between the teams is arguably one of the standout Europa League ties this week.

Sociedad is currently the surprise leader in Spain’s La Liga, while AZ remains unbeaten in the Dutch Eredivisie. This is destined to be a hard-fought battle between two of the competition’s top sides.

If you’re interested in wagering on this match, make sure you check out my AZ Alkmaar vs. Real Sociedad prediction and betting pick below.

AZ Alkmaar vs. Real Sociedad Odds

AZ Alkmaar to Win3.80
The Draw3.65
Real Sociedad to Win1.86

As you can see, 10bet views Real Sociedad (1.86) as the favorite to win this one. The Spanish side has been almost unstoppable in 2020/21, making an impact both domestically and in Europe.

AZ Alkmaar (3.80) has also been in solid form so far this term, but the bookmakers clearly think the home side will struggle to deal with the visitors on Thursday.

AZ Alkmaar vs. Real Sociedad Preview

After beating Napoli – one of the pre-tournament favorites – on Matchday 1, AZ secured a comfortable 4-1 victory over Croatian side Rijeka. However, the team’s winning start to their Europa League campaign was brought to an end by Sociedad on Matchday 3.

In fairness, Arne Slot’s men appeared to be out of their depth at the Reale Arena. They only managed to register a single shot on target, while La Real racked up a whopping 28 attempts. Still, Alkmaar remains in a strong position to qualify for the Round of 32.

AZ is yet to taste defeat in the Eredivisie this term, although an odd run of five straight draws at the beginning of the season has prevented the club from keeping pace with Ajax in the title race. However, after winning their previous three domestic outings, Slot’s side heads into Thursday’s clash on a high.

In-form forward Albert Gudmundsson has notched up five goals and two assists in his last seven appearances, including a Europa League brace against Rijeka. If Alkmaar is to challenge Sociedad, the Icelandic youngster will need to come to the party.

I think it’s fair to say that very few people expecting La Real to be challenging for La Liga glory this season. Of course, it is still early days. But having picked up 23 points from a possible 30 this term, Imanol’s side must be viewed as a genuine title challenger.

Sociedad was expected to struggle without Martin Odegaard. The Norwegian prodigy returned to parent club Real Madrid in the off-season following a hugely successful loan spell in San Sebastian, but the team appears to be coping just fine.

Former Manchester City star David Silva was signed to bolster Imanol’s midfield options, while Mikel Oyarzabal has bagged six goals and three assists in all competitions in 2020/21.

Each of Sociedad’s three Europa League games this season have ended 1-0, with La Real winning on two occasions. Another victory on Thursday would put Imanol’s men in pole position to qualify for the knockout stages.

AZ Alkmaar vs. Real Sociedad Betting Pick

Pick
  • The Draw
    3.65

Real Sociedad has been immense so far this term, but it feels like AZ Alkmaar is growing into the season. Both sides are enjoying strong unbeaten domestic runs, so I’m expecting the teams to produce a tight encounter on Thursday.

Having taken everything into consideration, I believe the price for the draw offers the best possible value for this matchup.

Ben Morris

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