Real Sociedad vs Villarreal predictions, H2H and match preview for this Thursday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis, betting tips and predicted line-ups as the Yellow Submarine target three league wins on the spin for the first time this season.
Real Sociedad vs Villarreal Match Preview
Villarreal took an enormous leap towards survival at the weekend by beating Leganes 2-1 at the Ceramica. The result marks just the second time this season they’ve won back-to-back matches and they will be confident they can finish the job and stay up now. Victory here would all but make sure of that you’d imagine but Real Sociedad will be hoping to put their own recent struggles behind them.
La Real remain a bit of an enigma. Their likely front three in this game of Mikel Oyarzabal, Willian Jose and Juami is a pretty strong one and between them they’ve netted 27 times in La Liga this season. They should be able test a shaky if perhaps improving Villarreal defence. Sociedad have problems further back though with the likes of Igor Zubeldia and Asier Illarramendi still carrying injuries and likely to miss this one.
That makes it a bit easier for opposing teams to win the midfield battle. Villarreal are unlikely to tinker with their side too much here having finally stumbled on a winning formula and they’ll be hoping that Santi Cazorla can provide the control that Sociedad may be missing. Keeper Sergio Asenjo is a doubt though with Andres on standby to come in if needed.
Despite those recent wins, Villarreal are only two points above the bottom three and they do still have work to do to rubber-stamp their survival. Sociedad’s poor home record suggests they have a chance of making it three straight wins here but the hosts do have enough quality to be a real threat too.
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Real Sociedad vs Villarreal Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-2 Draw
Betting Tip: Both Teams to Score (18+)
An open game looks quite likely here. Sociedad’s strength is in attack given the injuries they have in other positions and they may try to move the ball as quickly as possible to their front three. Villarreal’s attack is starting to show greater signs of cohesion and a relatively high-scoring draw looks a possibility in this one.
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Real Sociedad vs Villarreal H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 3 Sociedad Wins, 2 Villarreal Wins, 1 Draw.
- Sociedad won this fixture 3-0 last term.
- Villarreal had won on their previous two visits to Anoeta though.
- Sociedad won 2-1 when the sides met earlier in the season in the Valencian Community.
One to Watch – Samuel Chukwueze
Samuel Chukwueze has completed 5/5 take-ons so far vs. Valencia, 4 more than any other player on the pitch.
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— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) April 11, 2019
The Nigierian has had a real breakthrough season and is one of the few Villarreal players who will end this campaign with his reputation enhanced.
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Predicted Line Ups
Real Sociedad Team:
Rulli – Zaldua, Navas, Elustondo, Munoz – Sangalli, Merino, Pardo – Juanmi, Willian Jose, Oyarzabal (4-3-3)
Asenjo – Quintilla, Funes Mori, Gonzalez, Gaspar – Iborra, Cazorla – Ekambi, Fornals, Chukwueze – Bacca (4-2-3-1)