Valencia vs Real Sociedad match preview and predictions for Sunday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Los Che take on La Real.
|Sunday 11th April 2021
|16:15 (local time)
Valencia vs Real Sociedad Preview
Valencia face Real Sociedad in one of the most appealing fixtures this weekend in LaLiga. Los Che are in good form at Mestalla, even if their season overall hasn’t been great. They take on a Real Sociedad side that has had a week to enjoy their Copa del Rey triumph last weekend, although they did have to face Athletic again in LaLiga in midweek.
It has been a difficult and at times deeply unpleasant week for everyone involved with Valencia. The alleged racist abuse of Mouctar Diakhaby at Cadiz last weekend which led to the Valencia defender and briefly his team leaving the pitch, has escalated considerably since. Cadiz defender Juan Cala has denied the allegations and there have even been calls from the Andalusian team’s camp for Valencia to be punished for what they said were “false allegations”. This story is likely to run and run and it’ll be interesting to see if we get some form of stance or protest from Valencia here with Diakhaby expected to start.
On the pitch, Los Che lost 2-1 last weekend to Cadiz but they’ve won four straight home games in LaLiga, seeing off Elche, Celta, Granada and Villarreal. Valencia are onto 33 points as a result and will all but guarantee their status as a top flight team for 2021/22 with another victory here.
Real Sociedad meanwhile now face a battle for European qualification. The 2020 Copa del Rey Final which they won in Sevilla last weekend does not come with the reward of a European place. With a 9 point advantage on Celta in 8th, they will be virtually guaranteed a place in Europe as long as Barcelona beat Athletic in the 2021 Copa Final next weekend. However should Athletic win, it’s likely to be a real scrap between La Real, Villarreal and Betis for the two final European slots.
Those three sides are currently level on points heading into this weekend, but only thanks to a late equaliser scored by Real Sociedad in the league derby against Athletic in midweek. That’s the only point they’ve taken from their last 3 league games and Imanol will be hungry for his team to brush off their hangovers and look to end the league season as well as they started it.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Valencia Wins, 1 Real Sociedad Win, 2 Draws.
- Valencia won 1-0 in San Sebastian in the reverse fixture earlier this term.
- The last two meetings at Mestalla have been drawn.
- Real Sociedad haven’t won at Valencia since a 3-2 win in April 2017.
Jasper Cillessen is sidelined through injury. Maxi Gomez is also a doubt so Kevin Gameiro may start again up top for Los Che.
Martín Zubimendi and Igor Zubeldia are both suspended for the visitors who are missing David Silva and Asier Illarramendi to injuries.
Predicted Valencia Starting Lineup:
Domenech – Gaya, Diakhaby, Paulista, Correia – Cheryshev, Racic, Soler, Wass – Gameiro, Guedes (4-4-2)
Predicted Real Sociedad Starting Lineup:
Remiro – Monreal, Le Normand, Elustondo, Gorosabel – Lopez, Guevara, Merino – Oyarzabal, Isak, Portu (4-3-3)
Valencia vs Real Sociedad Predictions
LaLiga Expert Predicts: Valencia 2-1 Real Sociedad (follow us on Tipstrr to view our betting tips)
It seems natural that there may be some fatigue in the Real Sociedad camp following on from the emotion of last weekend and another derby in midweek. This may be one game too many and with Valencia in good form at Mestalla, Los Che may just edge this one.