Levante vs Real Sociedad predictions and match preview for Friday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups ahead of a game that will have implications on the relegation scrap and UCL race.
|Date||Friday 6th May 2022|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
|Stadium||Ciutat de Valencia|
Levante vs Real Sociedad Preview
Matchday 35 in LaLiga kicks off with what is a vitally important game for both Levante and Real Sociedad. The hosts are 6 points from safety coming into this fixture and will be desperate to put some pressure on the sides above them who play later this weekend by collecting 3 points here. La Real though need the win too and would be just 2 points off the top four should they get it.
It’s one of those matches where a draw will do little to help either team so it ought to be quite open. Levante go to the Bernabeu next and their chances of still being mathematically alive heading into their final two games, which are much more winnable, largely hinge on their ability to pick up a positive result here, although clearly they’re going to need a few favours elsewhere too.
Alessio Lisci may sense his team missed a good opportunity last time out. Up against a Valencia side that was reduced to 10 men after just 31 minutes, Levante were dominant in the derby at Mestalla with 24 attempts on goal and 69% possession. However they were denied a first ever away league win at the home of their city rivals with Oscar Duarte’s 81st minute strike only enough for a point. They’ve been competitive in their last two home games too against strong opposition but in both cases ended up on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline against Barcelona and Sevilla.
Real Sociedad meanwhile, may be 5 points off the Champions League places as it stands, but they only really need to cut that deficit to 3 points on Atletico Madrid, who they host on matchday 38, to have a real chance of clinching a place at Europe’s top table on the final weekend. They will sense though that they’ve missed an opportunity to put themselves in an even stronger position having only claimed 2 points from their last 3 games.
The most recent was a 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecano with Radamel Falcao’s 78th minute leveller denying them 3 points. There was at least a goal for Alexander Sorloth in that game but it’s still very striking that no Real Sociedad player other than the injured Mikel Oyarzabal has netted more than 5 times in LaLiga this season. They may need either Sorloth or fellow Scandinavian forward Alexander Isak to find a bit of form in front of goal over the final few weeks if they are going to be able to clinch that top four berth.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Levante Wins, 2 Real Sociedad Wins, 2 Draws.
- Real Sociedad have won the last 2 meetings 1-0, both in Donostia.
- The last 6 meetings in Valencia have produced 2 wins each and 2 draws.
- Levante won this fixture 2-1 last term.
|Levante||Mustafi, De Frutos||Marti, Clerc|
|Real Sociedad||Fernandez, Monreal, Oyarzabal, Barrenetxea|
Levante vs Real Sociedad Predictions
Score Prediction: Levante 1-2 Real Sociedad
This is an intriguing fixture with the stakes so high for both teams. Levante have been a lot more competitive in recent months but their need to really chase the 3 points here could just open things up and that may suit Real Sociedad to some extent. Imanol’s men have only lost 2 of their last 11 away in all competitions and might just have enough to pick up the win here which would feel almost terminal for Levante’s survival hopes.
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