Real Sociedad vs Leganes Match Preview & Prediction

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Real Sociedad vs Leganes predictions, H2H and match preview for this Friday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the visitors begin life under new management.


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Real Sociedad vs Leganes Preview

Real Sociedad need just a point here to move to the top of La Liga. They are currently level on points with Barcelona and Real Madrid at the summit of the Spanish top flight and by playing on Friday, La Real have a chance to lay down a bit of a marker. They will be strong favourites to do that against a Leganes side that is propping up the division and will be looking for a reaction in their first game under the guidance of Javier Aguirre.

The hosts head into the game following a dramatic late win in Granada last time out. A brace from Portu saw off the Andalusians and the result would have particularly pleased Imanol given it came without Martin Ødegaard, arguably the star performer so far this season in La Liga. The Norwegian is set to be sidelined again for this game as Sociedad aim to get back to winning ways in front of their own fans following a surprise loss to Levante in their most recent outing in San Sebastian.

Leganes finally appointed a new coach this week after a damaging home loss to Eibar last weekend again under the caretaker management of Luis Cembranos. Javier Aguirre is certainly a big name appointment for a club of Lega’s side and he has plenty of experience of this league following spells at Osasuna, Atleti, Zaragoza and Espanyol. He has been away for five years though with his most recent job an unsuccessful stint in charge of the Egyptian national team.

The odds are certainly stacked against Aguirre, not just in this match but across the season with Leganes already 6 points from safety. They have enough quality in their ranks to suggest they can at least get back to being a tough side to beat but it won’t be easy with La Real playing with real confidence and belief right now.

The change in coach could bring a change in approach from Leganes but it’s hard to see them being too bold in this fixture. Sociedad meanwhile may recall Adnan Januzaj after he came off the bench to provide a fine assist for Portu’s winner last weekend.


Real Sociedad vs Leganes Predictions

Score Prediction: 2-1 Real Sociedad

It’s tough to know what to expect from Aguirre’s Leganes side but it will interesting to see how they go. Without Ødegaard, Sociedad did struggle to find that killer final ball last week but they still looked like a confident side and they ought to have enough to get the victory here.


Real Sociedad vs Leganes H2H

  • Last 6 competitive meetings: 3 Sociedad Wins, 1 Leganes Win, 2 Draws.
  • Sociedad have won their last 2 home games against Lega, scoring 3 on each occasion.
  • Leganes’ only top flight point on this ground came via a 1-1 draw in 2017.
  • Their solitary top flight win over La Real came at Butarque in January 2018.

Predicted Line Ups

Real Sociedad Team:

Remiro – Monreal, Llorente, Normand, Zaldua – Merino, Zubeldia – Portu, Oyarzabal, Januzaj – Jose (4-2-3-1)

Leganes Team:

Cuellar – Rosales, Bustinza, Siovas, Silva – Rivera – Oscar, Mesa, Recio, Braithwaite – En-Nesyri (4-1-4-1)



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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has also lived in Seville and Barcelona and has written extensively about Spanish football. His work has been published by the likes of Guardian Sport & World Soccer.

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