Real Sociedad vs Sevilla predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news, predicted lineups and fantasy football picks as two of Spain’s European representatives meet.
|Sunday 19th September 2021
|16:15 (local time)
Real Sociedad vs Sevilla Preview
One of the most eye-catching fixtures this weekend in LaLiga sees Real Sociedad and Sevilla meet in Donostia. Both sides were involved in European football in midweek and we are reaching the stage where coaches will need to start thinking about rotating their teams which should give us a clearer indication as to depth of the respective squads.
Both Real Sociedad and Sevilla took a similar approach to their summer recruitment with strengthening their back-up players rather than the first XI seemingly the main priority. That’s understandable given both had good 2021/22 seasons and Real Sociedad have shown some promising early signs this time around. They did likewise last term though and it may be that Imanol needs to rotate his players more frequently this season as it did feel like they ran out of steam a bit during the winter months.
La Real come into this match following three straight league wins. They are in fact the only team in LaLiga to have won three on the bounce so far this season and they managed that without conceding with a 2-0 win at Cadiz last weekend their latest triumph with Mikel Oyarzabal scoring both goals. Their Thursday night trip to Eindhoven proved considerably trickier but the Basques still came away with a useful point in the shape of an entertaining 2-2 draw.
There was no shortage of drama in Sevilla’s European game either. Incredibly there were four penalties in the 1st Half of their Champions League match against RB Salzburg, three of them going to the opposition. The Austrians only converted one though in a game which would ultimately finish 1-1 despite Sevilla going down to 10 men early in the 2nd Half as Youssef En-Nesyri saw red for diving in an attempt to win yet another penalty.
While a slightly disappointing result, Sevilla still have a great chance of progressing from what is not a particularly tough Champions League group. However what may concern Julen Lopetegui is that again their defence, usually so strong in LaLiga, looked much more vulnerable against lively European opponents. It may just give Real Sociedad some encouragement too heading into this game but it has been a solid start for Sevilla in LaLiga with 7 points from their opening 3 matches.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Sevilla Wins, 2 Draws.
- Sevilla have won 4 of the last 5 meetings.
- They recorded 2-1 and 3-2 wins over La Real last season.
- Real Sociedad’s last victory over Sevilla came in December 2017 in Donostia by a 3-1 margin.
Nacho Monreal and Diego Rico remain out for La Real while youngster Ander Barrenetxea is carrying a knock and may not feature.
Sevilla should be at full strength with some light rotation possible from their UCL game.
Predicted Real Sociedad Starting Lineup:
Remiro – Munoz, Le Normand, Elustondo, Gorosabel – Zubimendi – Oyarzabal, Merino, Silva, Portu – Isak (4-1-4-1)
Predicted Sevilla Starting Lineup:
Bono – Acuna, Carlos, Kounde, Navas – Fernando, Jordan, Rakitic – Ocampos, En-Nesyri, Lamela (4-3-3)
Real Sociedad vs Sevilla Predictions
Score Prediction: Real Sociedad 1-1 Sevilla
This is a tough one to call as two strong sides meet having exerted plenty of energy in midweek. Real Sociedad have been reasonably impressive so far and they do have home advantage, but they don’t have a great recent record against Sevilla and it’s the kind of game where both coaches may be relatively content to leave with a point.