Real Sociedad vs Sevilla match preview and predictions for Sunday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as two sides in the top five clash.
|Sunday 18th April 2021
|14:00 (local time)
Real Sociedad vs Sevilla Preview
Saturday’s Copa del Rey Final means we have an action-packed Sunday in LaLiga with 8 games rather than the usual 4. Things kick off with perhaps the standout fixture of this matchday as 5th placed Real Sociedad host 4th placed Sevilla. With 14 points between the sides, the clubs aren’t really competing for places but it still promises to be a very watchable game.
La Real are still basking in the glory of their cup victory. That may continue for many years to come but they have work to do over the coming weeks as Imanol’s men seek to find enough gas left in the tank, to get them over the line in their push for European qualification. They are only a point clear of Villarreal in 7th place and will be hungry to secure Europa League rather than Conference League football.
Since beating Athletic in Seville, Real Sociedad have drawn both of their league games. The first was a repeat of the cup final as they picked up a late point against their Basque neighbours and they followed that up with an entertaining 2-2 draw at Valencia last weekend but there would have been a sense of two points lost given they led 2-0 at the break.
As for Sevilla, they were involved in a Monday night thriller, coming from behind to win 4-3 away to Celta Vigo with Papu Gomez netting the winner in the 2nd Half. That victory, coupled with other results means Sevilla are now just 6 points off the top of LaLiga with 8 games to play. That in itself is a fantastic achievement but they really will be looking back and wondering what might have been when it comes to that recent dip in form and particularly a shock defeat at Elche, where they prioritised their upcoming Champions League game and rested players.
It’s clearly easier to talk with hindsight, but had they won that game, Sevilla would be right in the title race right now, but six points just feels like it will be too much to make up, particularly given they have three teams rather than one to overhaul. On paper, they perhaps have the toughest schedule of the top four too but win in Donostia, and the big three would have to start keeping at least one eye on Sevilla.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Sevilla Wins, 2 Draws.
- Sevilla won the reverse fixture 3-2 earlier this term.
- The last two meetings in the Basque Country have both ended 0-0.
- Real Sociedad haven’t beaten Sevilla home or away since a 3-1 win in December 2017.
Real Sociedad have midfield problems with Mikel Merino, David Silva and Asier Illarramendi all out injured.
Sevilla should be able to field their strongest XI with Sergio Escudero their only likely absentee.
Predicted Real Sociedad Starting Lineup:
Remiro – Zubeldia, Le Normand, Elustondo – Monreal, Zubimendi, Guevara, Gorosabel – Oyarzabal, Isak, Januzaj (3-4-3)
Predicted Sevilla Starting Lineup:
Bono – Acuna, Carlos, Kounde, Navas – Rakitic, Fernando, Jordan – Ocampos, En-Nesyri, Suso (4-3-3)
Real Sociedad vs Sevilla Predictions
Score Prediction: Real Sociedad 1-2 Sevilla
This ought to be a good one. Sevilla have no reason not to come here and target all three points and against an attack-minded Real Sociedad side, we ought to see plenty of goalmouth action. Both sides have players capable of producing moments of quality but La Real are short on options in midfield right now and Sevilla might just be able to capitalise on that and the visitors may just have enough to come away with maximum points.
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