Real Sociedad vs Espanyol Prediction and Preview – 19/09/15
Spanish La Liga preview – Real Sociedad Vs Espanyol prediction
For the home side, there are big question marks over the availability of Inigo Martinez and Zaldua. Aritz Elustondo and Mikel Gonzalez will deputise for them. Asier Illarramendi should start another game after returning to the club while Jonathas will continue to lead the line for David Moyes’ side.
For the visitors, the only injury doubt is on Anaitz Arbilla. Enzo Roco is expected to come into the side in his place into the back four. Marco Asensio and Burgui are available for selection again with Asensio expected to feature from the start. Despite their jittery start, there is likelihood of Felipe Caicedo and Gerard Moreno continuing their partnership.
Real Sociedad: 4-2-3-1 formation: Rulli; De la Bella, Gonzalez, Reyes, Elustondo; Pardo, Illarramendi; Bruma, Vela, Prieto; Jonathas
Espanyol: 4-4-2 formation: Pau; Duarte, Gonzalez, Roco, Arbilla; Alvarez, Lopez, Sanchez, Asensio; Ciacedo, Moreno
- Real Sociedad are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 home games in La Liga
- Real Sociedad haven’t scored a single goal in 5 of their last 6 matches in La Liga
- Over 2.5 goals are scored in 5 of Espanyol’s last 6 away games in La Liga
- Under 2.5 goals are scored in 7 of Real Sociedad’s 8 home games against Espanyol in all competitions
The hosts are yet to score a single goal in the La Liga this season with goal-less draws in the first two games followed by a 1-0 loss to Real Betis. The return of Illarramendi has invigorated the local fans but Moyes needs to inspire his players to start scoring goals. The sight of a struggling Espanyol could prove to be the right tonic.
Espanyol are a point ahead of Real Sociedad and are in 12th position in the league table. But, they lost their last two domestic matches shipping 9 goals and scoring just once. The Barcelona-based club need to kick on soon else will be spiralling into relegation fight soon. But, the prospect of facing Real Sociedad away is not an easy proposition for them.
Real Sociedad should score their first goal of the campaign. Going by their recent proficiency in shutting teams down, the home side should keep the visitors silent and walk away with maximum points.
Under 2.5 goals at 8/13 – Click here to bet with Bet365
Real Sociedad to score at 1/1 – Click here to bet with Bet365
Real Sociedad win at 1/1– Click here to bet with Bet365
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