Mirandes vs Real Sociedad predictions, H2H and match preview for this Wednesday’s Copa del Rey Semi-Final 2nd Leg. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as both sides target a place in April’s Final in Seville.
by Mark Sochon – @marksoc1
1st Leg Highlights
Mirandes vs Real Sociedad Preview – 2nd Leg
The Copa del Rey Semi-Final 2nd Legs kick off on Wednesday night at Anduva and it’s a simply massive night for both Mirandes and Real Sociedad. La Real won the 1st Leg 2-1 in Donostia but you sense that the Segunda Division outfit might just have left the happier of the two sides having competed well and got a result that suggests they at least have a chance of turning this tie around with home advantage.
Mirandes have after all, already defeated three top flight sides at home during this cup run. Celta Vigo, Sevilla and Villarreal were all sent packing at their tiny home and Andoni Iraola’s side scored a total of 9 goals across 3 games. They beat Sevilla and Villarreal by the kind of margin that would see them through to the Final were it to be repeated on Wednesday night. They may only be 11th in the second tier but they will firmly believe they can win this match and claim yet another scalp.
Real Sociedad are the favourites to win the Copa del Rey now but that brings its own pressure, especially for a club that hasn’t won a major trophy in 33 years. La Real do take great form into this game with 5 straight wins in all competitions, a run that started with their thrilling 4-3 win at the Bernabeu in the Quarter-Finals. However their last 4 wins have all come at home and this will be a very different kind of test for their young team.
They will need to try and find a way to stop Mirandes forward Matheus. The Watford loanee has scored 6 goals in this competition so far including goals in all 4 of their matches against top flight sides. He’s also netted in his last 3 league games so the 23 year old Brazilian is very much the dangerman for the hosts who will have their hands full at the back with the likes of Martin Odegaard, Mikel Oyarzabal and Alexander Isak.
Mirandes vs Real Sociedad Predictions
Score Prediction: 3-2 Mirandes
There certainly promises to be goals in this game. Real Sociedad will come hungry for an early away goal to cancel out the one they conceded at Anoeta. Mirandes aren’t the strongest defensively with both teams having scored in all of their matches in this competition so far. However they are capable of creating chances against a Real Sociedad that looked a little bit edgy at times during the 1st Leg and they will need to adapt better to these surroundings than the likes of Villarreal and Sevilla have managed.
This has the potential to be a cracking cup tie and Mirandes are not out of this tie by a long way. We’re going for a 3-2 home win, which would see La Real through on away goals but this could be a real test of nerve for the visitors with a huge prize at stake.
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Mirandes vs Real Sociedad H2H
- La Real won the 1st Leg 2-1 in Donostia.
- The sides had only met once this century in a competitive setting prior to that.
- That was in the 2004-05 Copa del Rey and Mirandes ended up progressing on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
Predicted Line Ups
Limones – Kijera, Sergio, Odei, Alvaro Rey – Merquelanz, Malsa, Gonzalez, Guridi, Antonio Sanchez – Matheus (4-5-1)
Real Sociedad Team:
Remiro – Zaldua, Aritz, Le Normand, Monreal – Zubeldia, Merino, Odegaard – Portu, Isak, Oyarzabal (4-3-3)