Real Sociedad vs Espanyol predictions and match preview for Monday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Donostia hosts the Monday night game.
|Monday 4th April 2022
|21:00 (local time)
Real Sociedad vs Espanyol Preview
The Monday night game in LaLiga this week comes from the Reale Arena where Real Sociedad are playing host to Espanyol. It’s a bigger game for the hosts who are fighting for European qualification and will be very eager to seal Europa League rather than Conference League football for 2022/23.
As was the case last season, they appear to be battling it out with Villarreal and Real Betis for those positions. Unlike the other two, La Real don’t have any cup distractions now so they can afford to focus all their efforts on trying to finish as well as possible in LaLiga. The recent signs have been more promising with 10 points from their last 5 league games suggesting a corner may have been turned after another difficult winter.
Real Sociedad are going to have to get through this final phase of the season without Mikel Oyarzabal who will miss most of 2022 due to an ACL injury. He has netted 9 of La Real’s disappointing tally of 29 goals this term. It leaves Imanol needing to find some fresh solutions in the final third and he could really do with Alexander Isak hitting some form. The Swede has scored just 4 times in LaLiga this term compared to 17 last season but is capable of going on the kind of scoring streaks that could make all the difference to Real Sociedad’s push for European football.
Espanyol may also have to seek something new in the final third in this game given Raul De Tomas is a major injury doubt having picked up a knock while on international duty with Spain. That may offer Loren Moron a rare start in attack but undoubtedly the visitors will carry a reduced threat if their main striker is absent.
The visitors do take reasonable form into the game with just 1 defeat in their last 6, although that was a bad one as they were hammered 5-1 at Villarreal. Recent home wins over Getafe and Mallorca have all but secured their top flight status for next season and improving their away record will be a major focus for Vicente Moreno as he starts to look towards the 2022/23 campaign. It’s still just one away win all season in LaLiga for Espanyol heading into this.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Real Sociedad Wins, 2 Espanyol Wins.
- Espanyol won the reverse fixture 1-0 at the RCDE Stadium earlier this term.
- La Real have won the last 3 meetings in the Basque Country.
- Espanyol haven’t won on this ground since a 3-2 success in 2015.
|Carlos Fernandez, Oyarzabal, Barrenetxea
|De Tomas, Diego Lopez, Bare
Real Sociedad vs Espanyol Predictions
Score Prediction: Real Sociedad 1-0 Espanyol
Real Sociedad may not be scoring many but they’ve been more solid defensively of late and have won their last 3 home league games to nil. Another narrow home win looks very possible here, particularly with Espanyol’s top scorer Raul De Tomas an injury doubt for this game.
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