Real Valladolid vs Real Sociedad predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, team news and predicted lineups as La Real aim for a 9th straight win in all competitions.
|Date||Saturday 22nd October 2022|
|Kick-Off||16:15 (local time)|
Real Valladolid vs Real Sociedad Preview
Real Sociedad are flying right now and they are looking to extend their winning streak at the Jose Zorrilla this weekend. It won’t be easy though against a Real Valladolid side who will also approach this game full of belief having scored four goals in midweek in their most impressive showing since returning to the top flight.
Real Valladolid’s 4-1 win over Celta Vigo was one of the standout results in midweek with Sergio Leon’s brace putting the Galicians to the sword. Celta actually had more than twice as many attempts and also created more xG in that game which suggests it was something of a freak scoreline but Pacheta will still be pleased with how clinical his side was.
It saw Real Valladolid climb up into mid-table and they’ll be hoping to keep the momentum going in the next few games to put themselves into a really strong position come the World Cup break. The decision for Pacheta here will be whether or not to rotate his team or stick with the players that delivered on Wednesday night. At the very least, we should see top scorer Sergio Leon come into the starting XI but otherwise it may be much the same again.
This will be tougher though against what is currently the form team in Spain. Real Sociedad have won their last 8 matches in all competitions and while they have benefited from some favourable fixtures in both LaLiga and the Europa League, that’s still an outstanding achievement for Imanol’s side, particularly when you factor in their busy schedule and considerable injury problems.
Their latest win was not the most entertaining but they did what they had to in order to see off Mallorca 1-0 at the Reale Arena. Mikel Merino’s 4th minute goal was enough to see off the Balearic side and Imanol was also able to give a rest to both Martin Zubimendi and Robin Le Normand, two important players who should return to the starting XI here.
Team News & Possible Lineups
|INJURED||Anuar Mohamed, Luis Perez, Kenedy, Fresneda|
Possible XI: Masip – Javi Sanchez, Joaquin, Feddal – Olaza, Aguado, Mesa, Rosa – Perez – Leon, Weissman (3-4-1-2)
|INJURED||Oyarzabal, Merquelanz, Sadiq, Cho, Munoz, Martin|
Possible XI: Remiro – Rico, Le Normand, Zubeldia, Gorosabel – Zubimendi – Merino, Silva, Mendez – Sorloth, Kubo (4-1-3-2)
Coach: Imanol Alguacil
Score Prediction: Real Valladolid 1-2 Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad are on a roll at the moment and this is another game that they will certainly view as winnable. Real Valladolid take confidence into it after their big weekend win but the scoreline did flatter them to a large extent and this will be much tougher. Imanol’s side may just have the edge.
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