Elche vs Real Sociedad predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as La Real travel to Elche.
|Sunday 10th April 2022
|18:30 (local time)
|Manuel Martinez Valero
Elche vs Real Sociedad Preview
We head to Elche this Sunday for an interesting game in LaLiga as Real Sociedad bid to bolster their push for European qualification with an away victory. The Basques do look to have turned a corner again with some better results in recent weeks and they still maintain an outside chance of Champions League qualification.
Elche’s ambitions aren’t quite so lofty but they are close now to achieving their goal of survival. They are 6 points clear of the relegation zone heading into this weekend but it is 4 defeats from their last 5 in LaLiga. Crucially though the exception was a 1-0 win in their recent six-pointer at Granada and the sides below them haven’t really made them pay for those other defeats.
If Elche are going to get the required points tally to stay up, you sense most of them will have to come at home. 5 of their final 8 games are at the Martinez Valero where they’ve been pretty good throughout the campaign. Mallorca, Osasuna and Getafe all have to visit so there will be better chances to pick up maximum points than this one and you sense Francisco may be happy enough if his side can get a draw here to keep their tally ticking over.
Real Sociedad will certainly come eyeing up all three points. Their European exit against RB Leipzig does appear to have been a significant help to their league form with 4 wins and a draw from their 6 LaLiga outings since then. They’ve kept 5 clean sheets in that period too with their only goals conceded since exiting the Europa League in February coming at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Madrid.
One concern for Imanol may be a lack of goals though and that has been a recurring theme throughout the season. 4 of their 6 league wins since the turn of the year have been by 1-0 margins and they have of course been affected by the season-ending injury suffered by Mikel Oyarzabal. They left it very late to find the breakthrough last time out, with Alexander Isak holding his nerve to convert a 96th minute penalty to see off Espanyol.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 5 Real Sociedad Wins, 1 Elche Win.
- Real Sociedad have won all 3 meetings since Elche’s return to the top flight in 2020.
- Elche’s last victory over Real Sociedad was by a 1-0 margin in April 2015.
- They’ve only lost 1 of their last 4 home games against La Real overall.
Elche vs Real Sociedad Predictions
Score Prediction: Elche 0-1 Real Sociedad
Elche are experiencing a bit of a dip in form and they no longer look quite so assured at home where they’ve been very good all season. With Real Sociedad defending well, it’s hard to see many openings for the home team here and La Real may just have enough to find the decisive goal in this one.
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