Real Sociedad vs Granada predictions, H2H and match preview for this Friday’s game in LaLiga. Read on for analysis, free betting tips and predicted line-up as two Europa League hopefuls meet.
by Mark Sochon (@marksoc1)
Real Sociedad vs Granada Preview
Two sides who have enjoyed really strong seasons meet at Anoeta on Friday evening as Real Sociedad play host to Granada. It’s a significant game in the race for Europa League qualification. Real Sociedad are currently 7th and look best placed to claim that final position and they would in fact leapfrog Getafe into 6th with a win here. Granada though could move to within a point of their opponents if they can emerge victorious.
Having lost four on the bounce, Real Sociedad have recovered somewhat by taking four points from their last two games. Their only victory since the restart was against now relegated Espanyol and while they haven’t quite found their attacking rhythm yet, they will see this as a good chance to put another three points on the board.
European qualification would have been beyond the wildest dreams of Granada fans at the start of the season. However victory would give them a good chance of reaching the Europa League heading into the final three matchdays. They were 2-0 winners in their most recent away game, which was also in the Basque Country against Alaves. Indeed they remain unbeaten on the road since the resumption, a big shift from earlier in the season when they were very much dependent on their strong home record for points.
La Real have six players definitely missing through injury which limits their options in terms of rotation. However of those six, only right-back Joseba Zaldua is an established starter so Imanol will still be able to field something very close to his first choice XI.
Granada meanwhile are also starting to feel the strains of this hectic schedule with five men missing but again they are mostly fringe players, so it should be a relatively familiar starting line-up that Diego Martinez names.
Real Sociedad vs Granada Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw
Before the pandemic, you’d have strongly fancied Real Sociedad to win this game but despite a slight improvement in their last two games, they still don’t really look like their old selves. Granada are playing well and continuing to defy the odds and away from home, they are performing as well as they have done all season. Granada look well capable of getting a result here.
Real Sociedad vs Granada Betting Tips (18+)
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Real Sociedad vs Granada H2H
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 5 Real Sociedad Wins, 1 Granada Wins.
- La Real won 2-1 at Granada earlier this term.
- Granada haven’t avoided defeat against Real Sociedad since a 3-0 win at Anoeta in 2015.
- That was Granada’s sole victory in the last 12 meetings.
Predicted Line Ups
Real Sociedad Team:
Moya – Monreal, Llorente, Elustondo, Gorosabel – Merino, Zubeldia, Odegaard – Oyarzabal, Isak, Portu (4-3-3)
Silva – Neva, Duarte, Sanchez, Diaz – Machis, Eteki, Herrera, Puertas – Fernandez, Soldado (4-4-2)
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