Real Sociedad vs Elche Match Preview & Predictions

Real Sociedad vs Elche

Real Sociedad vs Elche predictions and match preview for Friday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as La Real entertain struggling Elche.

Date Friday 7th May 2021
Kick-Off 21:00 (local time)
Stadium Reale Arena
Competition LaLiga

Real Sociedad vs Elche Preview


Real Sociedad stadium

The Friday game in LaLiga this week comes from Donostia where European hopefuls Real Sociedad entertain relegation threatened Elche. There’s plenty at stake for both clubs and the hosts would all but seal European qualification with three points.

Real Sociedad are currently in 5th with an 8 point advantage on Granada in 8th. Victory would make their advantage almost unassailable but Imanol’s men will also be focused on trying to finish above either Villarreal or Betis to ensure it’s Europa League and not Conference League they are playing in 2021/22.

Their recent form has been a bit mixed. They’ve been hampered by some serious selection problems in midfield and suffered a poor 1-0 defeat at struggling Huesca last time out. However recent wins over Celta Vigo and Eibar mean they are still very much on track for Europe and that would signal an excellent season overall for Imanol and his side, the pinnacle of which was of course victory in the 2020 Copa del Rey Final over Basque rivals Athletic.

Elche’s season was only ever going to be measured by their ability to beat relegation. They’d have gladly taken 17th given the chaotic circumstances in which they approached this season. To be only one point off safety with four games to play represents an achievement in itself, particularly for Fran Escriba who has given life to this team and made them believe again.

It could have been even better had Fidel Chaves converted a Stoppage Time penalty in a 1-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid last time out. He failed to do so and Elche suffered their first home defeat since Escriba’s return. This is the toughest of their remaining four fixtures so even a defeat here would not be a terminal blow but any kind of result would really add more pressure to the shoulders of their relegation rivals who play later in the weekend.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Real Sociedad Wins, 2 Elche Wins, 1 Draw.
  • La Real have won 3 of the last 4 meetings.
  • That includes a 3-0 win in Elche earlier in the season in a match which was the newly promoted team’s first of the new campaign.
  • La Real have secured 3-0 and 4-0 wins in the last 2 meetings in Donostia – both in LaLiga in 2014.

Team News

David Silva is expected to be fit enough to start for La Real. Fellow midfielders Mikel Merino and Igor Zubeldia are likely to be absent again.

Johan Mojica is the only definite absentee for the visitors.

Predicted Real Sociedad Starting Lineup:

Remiro – Monreal, Le Normand, Elustondo, Gorosabel – Zubimendi, Guevara – Oyarzabal, Silva, Portu – Isak (4-2-3-1)

Predicted Elche Starting Lineup:

Gazzaniga – Josema, Calvo, Verdu, Palacios – Piatti, Marcone, Guti, Morente – Fidel, Boye (4-4-2)

Real Sociedad vs Elche Prediction: Real Sociedad to win 2-1

Real Sociedad still have some injury concerns but they have far more quality in the final third than their opponents and over the course of the 90 minutes ought to get the win. That should be enough to ensure they are in Europe again in 2021/22.

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