Real Sociedad vs Real Valladolid Match Preview & Predictions

Real Sociedad vs Real Valladolid

Real Sociedad vs Real Valladolid predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the visitors target a surprise win to bolster their survival hopes.

Date Sunday 16th May 2021
Kick-Off 18:30 (local time)
Stadium Reale Arena
Competition LaLiga

Real Sociedad vs Real Valladolid Preview


Real Sociedad stadium

Real Sociedad entertain Real Valladolid in what is a significant game on the penultimate weekend in LaLiga. La Real can secure Europa League qualification on Sunday with a victory and a favour elsewhere. Real Valladolid meanwhile are battling against the drop and could be relegated if they lose this match and other results go against them.

La Real will be in no mood to show mercy. They are targeting a top six finish which would mean Europa League rather than Conference League football in Donostia in 2021/22. They currently hold a one point advantage on both Real Betis and Villarreal (6th & 7th heading into this weekend).

Imanol’s side were beaten 2-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano in midweek. Despite a strong Second Half showing and a goal from Igor Zubeldia, they failed to take anything back from Madrid. They have won on their last 2 home outings though, seeing off Celta Vigo and Elche and they’ll be confident about their chances of recording another home victory here.

Confidence is something that is clearly lacking in the Real Valladolid camp and it’s not hard to see why. They were beaten 2-0 at home by Villarreal on Thursday night to plunge themselves into even deeper trouble having lost 3-0 at Valencia last weekend. Sergio’s side have now gone 10 games without victory in LaLiga, at a time when all their relegation rivals have at least found the odd win to bolster their chances.

Real Valladolid’s survival prospects aren’t helped by a very tough final two games. After this they host title chasing Atletico Madrid and unless there are some serious final day nerves in the Atleti camp, it’s hard to fancy them in either game. Real Valladolid desperately need to find some inspiration here, or failing that some major good fortune, otherwise they will most likely be playing Segunda Division football in 2021/22.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Real Sociedad Win, 1 Real Valladolid Win, 4 Draws.
  • The sides drew 1-1 at the Jose Zorrilla earlier this season.
  • La Real have won 3 of the last 4 league meetings in Donostia.
  • However Real Valladolid did seal a 2-1 win here in 2018.

Team News

Carlos Fernández and Mikel Merino are injured while La Real also have a doubt over first choice striker Alexander Isak.

Sergi Guardiola and Jawad El Yamiq are suspended for the away team. Fabian Orellana and Raul Garcia are missing through injury.

Predicted Real Sociedad Starting Lineup:

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

Predicted Real Valladolid Starting Lineup:

Masip – Olaza, Bruno, Joaquin, Janko – Villa, Mesa, Alcaraz, Plano – Andre, Weissman (4-4-2)

Real Sociedad vs Real Valladolid Prediction: Real Sociedad to Win 2-1

Real Valladolid’s problems are severe and aren’t helped by a couple of key absentees in this match. Real Sociedad are fighting hard for Europa League qualification and they should be too strong for their opponents here.

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