Real Betis vs Real Sociedad Predictions & Match Preview

Real Betis vs Real Sociedad

Real Betis vs Real Sociedad predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as La Real travel to the Benito Villamarin.

DateSunday 12th December 2021
Kick-Off18:30 (local time)
StadiumBenito Villamarin
CompetitionLaLiga

Real Betis vs Real Sociedad Preview


Empty LaLiga stadium
Benito Villamarin via Anual, CC BY-SA 4.0

One of the most eyecatching games this weekend in LaLiga comes from the Benito Villamarin as Europa League participants Real Betis and Real Sociedad lock horns. Both sides were in action on Thursday night although Betis had the significant advantage of being able to rest key players in their match against Celtic.

That’s because they were guaranteed 2nd place whatever happened in that game. They lost it 3-2 in the end but there were useful minutes for some fringe players and no damage was really done. Betis had won five on the spin prior to that in all competitions though so it does break up a little bit of momentum.

They scored a terrific late goal through in-form Juanmi to claim a surprise win at Camp Nou in LaLiga last weekend. Manuel Pellegrini has really got this team producing some good football and they are winning the kinds of matches that really raises the bar for what their expectations may be this season. They are 3rd in LaLiga heading into this match and would have a four point advantage on La Real should they win it.

That’s a Real Sociedad side that was being talked about as potential title challengers only a matter of weeks ago. That looks almost impossible now, largely because of the winning run Real Madrid are on but also because La Real have dropped points in 4 of their last 5 league games, losing the last 2.

There was a much more positive performance and result on Thursday night though. A brace from Mikel Oyarzabal inspired Real Sociedad to a 3-0 win at home to PSV to secure progress in the Europa League. Imanol’s side will be in the knockout out round play-offs along with Betis, as well as Barcelona and Sevilla.

The cups could prove a big target for both of these sides this season but with Barca continuing to disappoint, they may also find themselves battling it out for Champions League qualification via the league so this is an important game.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Real Sociedad Wins, 2 Real Betis Wins, 1 Draw.
  • The most recent meeting was in the Copa del Rey last season with Betis winning 3-1 at the Benito Villamarin.
  • They’ve won 3 of their last 5 at home to La Real in all competitions.
  • Real Sociedad did win 3-0 here last season in LaLiga though.

Team News

Claudio Bravo is a doubt for Betis while Víctor Camarasa is nearing fitness at last but unlikely to play any part here.

Mikel Merino is a significant injury absentee for Real Sociedad. David Silva is also doubtful.

Possible Lineups


Real Betis vs Real Sociedad Predictions


Score Prediction: Real Betis 2-1 Real Sociedad

Both of these sides have some players of real quality capable of producing big moments on the ball. There’s not much to choose between them but you sense Betis will be a bit fresher having not needed a result on Thursday night and rested players. They are also in much the better overall form and the Seville club may just edge this.


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About Mark Sochon 1538 Articles
Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has also lived in Seville and Barcelona and has written extensively about Spanish football. His work has been published by the likes of Guardian Sport & World Soccer.

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