Real Sociedad vs Celta Vigo predictions, H2H and match preview for this Wednesday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as La Real target their first win since the resumption.
by Mark Sochon (@marksoc1)
Real Sociedad vs Celta Vigo Preview
Earlier in the season, this game would have felt like a home banker but with Real Sociedad winless since the restart and Celta having finally delivered on their considerable potential at the weekend, it’s suddenly a tough one to call. La Real really need victory to keep their fading Champions League hopes alive while Celta will be hoping to put distance between themselves and the bottom three.
Real Sociedad appear to be one of the biggest losers from the pause to the season. They were really on a roll at the time of the break having reeled off 7 straight home wins in all competitions. However since the restart they’ve been held by Osasuna at Anoeta and have lost games against Alaves and Real Madrid, to leave them with serious ground to make up on the top four. Champions League qualification suddenly looks a more distant dream and that could have damaging consequences for their hopes of keeping star player Martin Odegaard for another season.
Before the season, these were two of the teams that many were excited about watching following some imaginative summer recruitment. However Celta Vigo really have been a letdown, slipping into another relegation scrap. Finally though at the weekend, the potential that exists in this side was there for all to see, as they hammered Alaves 6-0 at Balaidos with the likes of Denis Suarez, Rafinha and the returning Nolito all shining.
The latter was making his first appearance following his return to the club from Sevilla as an emergency signing and he chipped in with a goal and an assist having come off the bench. The 33 year old should be rewarded with a start here and Celta will be hoping to kick on and punish a slightly out of sorts Real Sociedad side.
Real Sociedad vs Celta Vigo Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-1 Celta
Real Sociedad have been a breath of fresh air this season and have really entertained and excelled. However they just don’t look themselves at the moment and with so little time between games, it’s hard for them to regroup and really put things right on the training ground. Celta were outstanding at the weekend and with so much attacking quality in their ranks, it’s staggering they are even in a relegation battle. They look capable of kicking on and causing an upset here and ultimately should beat the drop with a bit of breathing space.
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Real Sociedad vs Celta Vigo H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Real Sociedad Wins, 2 Celta Wins, 1 Draw.
- Real Sociedad have won 3 of the last 4 meetings at Anoeta.
- They were also 1-0 winners in Vigo when the sides met earlier this term.
- Celta’s last victory in Donostia was a 2-1 win in January 2018.
Predicted Line Ups
Real Sociedad Team:
Remiro – Monreal, Le Normand, Elustondo, Zaldua – Merino, Zubeldia, Odegaard – Oyarzabal, Willian Jose, Portu (4-3-3)
Blanco – Olaza, Araujo, Aidoo, Vazquez – Bradaric, Beltran – Nolito, Rafinha, Suarez – Aspas (4-2-3-1)
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