Real Sociedad vs Osasuna match preview and predictions for Sunday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Osasuna make the short trip to Anoeta.
- DATE: Sunday 3rd January 2021
- KICK-OFF: 18:30 (local time)
- STADIUM: Anoeta
- COMPETITION: LaLiga
Real Sociedad vs Osasuna Preview
There’s another local derby in the Basque Country on Sunday as high-flying Real Sociedad play host to struggling Osasuna. La Real were victorious in the big Basque derby at San Mames last time out and will hope that result can prove to be something of a launchpad following a serious downturn in form.
Real Sociedad had gone 9 without victory in all competitions prior to their trip to Bilbao. However significantly they’d over a week off prior to that game enabling them to finally go into a match refreshed and fully rested. That helped them put in an assured display with Portu’s early strike sealing a 1-0 win in a game where Athletic very rarely threatened.
The games are going to come thick and fast again for La Real in January with the Supercopa on the horizon as well as the start of the Copa del Rey. Imanol will once again have to make some difficult calls as to how best to manage his squad through this period but they do have six days off following this match so he may well go with something close to his strongest XI for this one.
That’s not good news for Osasuna who are going through a difficult season and currently sit bottom of the form table with just 3 points from their last 8 games. They are only one place off the foot of the actual league table but Jagoba Arrasate will have taken some positives from their last two displays.
They were the better team in their away game against Elche and probably should have come away with more than a 2-2 draw. They then competed brilliantly despite going down to 10 men in just the 8th minute against Alaves, to pick up a 1-1 draw. Those were matches they could have done with winning though in truth and at the very least they need to stop shooting themselves in the foot with Osasuna players having seen red in each of their last 3 league matches.
Head to Head
- Last 5 Competitive Meetings: 4 Real Sociedad Wins, 1 Draw.
- The sides met 3 times last season, La Real taking 4 points from the league meetings and also winning in the Copa del Rey.
- Real Sociedad have won 3 of their last 4 competitive home games against Osasuna.
- The exception was a 1-1 draw in this fixture last season.
David Silva is expected to be missing due to injury for Real Sociedad. Joseba Zaldua, Adnan Januzaj and Aritz Elustondo are rated doubtful.
Rubén Martínez and Oier Sanjurjo are both suspended. Facundo Roncaglia is an injury doubt.
Predicted Real Sociedad Starting Lineup:
Remiro – Monreal, Le Normand, Zubeldia, Gorosabel – Merino, Zubimendi, Guridi – Oyarzabal, Isak, Portu (4-3-3)
Predicted Osasuna Starting Lineup:
Herrera – Perez, Hernandez, Garcia, Vidal – Garcia, Brasanac, Moncayola, Torres – Budimir, Calleri (4-4-2)
Real Sociedad vs Osasuna Predictions
Score Prediction: Real Sociedad 2-1 Osasuna
Osasuna are fighting hard and while they have obvious limitations, they are still capable of making this tough for La Real. The hosts though will be boosted by that derby win in Bilbao and they should have just enough to win this one as they look to maintain their top four status heading deeper into the new year.
Real Sociedad vs Osasuna Betting Tips (18+)
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