Villarreal 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 the Ceramica.
|Sunday 15th May 2022
|19:30 (local time)
Villarreal vs Real Sociedad Preview
Villarreal and Real Sociedad clash in one of the biggest games on the penultimate weekend. It’s 7th vs 6th with just 3 points separating the sides and the result of this may very well determine who takes the final Europa League place and which team drops into the Conference League.
Both will be hungry to avoid the latter, particularly Villarreal given they were competing in a Champions League Semi-Final the week before last. That run unquestionably had some bearing on their poor league form but they’ve played well in their two games since the 2nd Leg of the Liverpool tie. They were very unlucky not to beat Sevilla in a 1-1 draw at the Ceramica last weekend and they hammered Rayo Vallecano 5-1 on Thursday night.
Those results were achieved without key men such as Gerard Moreno and Arnaut Danjuma but they do have some quality in reserve. Given Villarreal won 3-1 at the Reale Arena earlier this term, the Yellow Submarine will have the H2H advantage with a draw here but with a trip to Camp Nou on the final weekend, they really have to look upon this as a “must win” game if they are serious about piping La Real to 6th.
The visitors know that a victory would clinch Europa League qualification for the third season running and that would be a significant achievement. It would also ensure they equal last season’s points tally of 62 so it has been by no means a bad campaign in Donostia but there isn’t quite the same buzz about this team that had been evident in the last two years with a lack of goals and a failure to build on a fantastic start hard to ignore.
There is not really any serious suggestion that Imanol will not continue next season with his contract running until the summer of 2023. However, were Real Sociedad to lose this game and drop into the Conference League on the final weekend, he may have one or two questions to answer about whether the club is starting to stagnate under his leadership. They haven’t been particularly impressive of late but did put in a strong showing on Thursday to see off Cadiz 3-0 at the Reale Arena.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Villarreal Wins, 1 Real Sociedad Win, 2 Draws.
- None of the last 7 meetings have been won by the team playing at home.
- Real Sociedad have taken 7 points from their last 3 trips to the Ceramica.
- However Villarreal were 3-1 winners in the reverse fixture in Donostia.
|G. Moreno, Danjuma, Pino, Aurier, Lo Celso
|Fernandez, Oyarzabal, Barrenetxea, Monreal
Villarreal vs Real Sociedad Predictions
Score Prediction: Villarreal 2-1 Real Sociedad
This promises to be a good game between two teams who are fighting hard to achieve Europa League qualification. There’s not likely to be much in it, but home advantage may swing it in Villarreal’s favour with La Real not great on their travels of late. That would set up an intriguing final day where the two sides would be level on points heading into tough fixtures.
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