Real Sociedad vs Eibar predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s match in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups ahead of this Basque derby.
Real Sociedad vs Eibar Preview
This Sunday’s Basque derby is also an all Gipuzkoan affair with both Real Sociedad and Eibar based in the same region of the Basque Country. It’s a fixture that has tended to produce goals at both ends whenever the pair have met at Anoeta in La Liga although the gulf in quality has rarely been as wide as it appears to be right now.
Real Sociedad have been one of the stories of the season so far. They had the chance to make a real statement last weekend when they took the lead early on at the Bernabeu but ultimately they were outplayed in the Second Half with Luka Modric playing a starring role for Los Blancos. They’ll be hungry to get back to winning ways here having been frustrated by Leganes in their most recent home game and they are clear favourites to do that.
Eibar are a side that look in danger of really getting dragged into a relegation battle this season. The fact that they’ve been able to float comfortably in mid table for several seasons is remarkable in itself given their size but they just look a bit less convincing this season with no real replacement for Joan Jordan and more cracks apparent at the back than has been the case in recent years. A 2-0 home defeat in another Basque derby against Alaves last weekend was certainly not the ideal way to approach this one.
La Real should be pretty close to full strength here with the exception of longer term absentee Asier Illarramendi. He may face a battle to get back into the side, such is the way this Sociedad midfield is currently performing and Imanol will back his side to be good enough to break through Eibar’s high press.
Real Sociedad vs Eibar Predictions
Score Prediction: 3-1 Sociedad
If there is a weakness in this Sociedad side it is at the back and they’ve only managed to keep one clean sheet in 8 games heading into this. That suggests Eibar will be on target but the visitors are not convincing travellers and they aren’t playing well enough right now to suggest they will be a match for La Real over 90 minutes.
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Real Sociedad vs Eibar H2H
- Last 6 competitive meetings: 1 Real Sociedad Win, 2 Eibar Wins, 3 Draws.
- Eibar took 4 points from the 2 meetings last season, drawing 1-1 here.
- They were also 2-1 winners in a friendly between the sides this summer.
- Eibar have only lost 1 of the last 7 league meetings.
Predicted Line Ups
Remiro – Zaldua, Aritz, Llorente, Monreal – Merino, Zubeldia, Odegaard – Portu, Willian Jose, Oyarzabal (4-3-3)
Dmitrovic – De Blasis, Oliveira, Ramis, Cote – Leon, Escalanta, Diop, Orellana – Charles, Kike (4-4-2)
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