Real Sociedad vs Celta Vigo Predictions & Match Preview

Real Sociedad vs Celta Vigo

Real Sociedad vs Celta Vigo predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, team news and predicted lineups as Celta visit the Reale Arena.

DateSaturday 18th February 2023
Kick-Off14:00 (CET)
StadiumReale Arena
CompetitionLaLiga

Real Sociedad vs Celta Vigo Preview


Real Sociedad stadium

Saturday’s action in Spain gets underway in Donostia. Celta Vigo are the visitors to the Reale Arena for a game between two sides that have been going pretty well of late.

Real Sociedad will be the favourites of course with home advantage. They suffered a shock defeat to Real Valladolid in their last outing here but bounced back in style with a 3-2 win at the RCDE Stadium. La Real were 3-0 up in that game at one point with Take Kubo and Alexander Sorloth continuing their impressive seasons with another goal apiece.

It’s going to be really interesting to see what Imanol does if he can finally get all of his main midfielders and forwards fit. Injuries have made it easier to slot Mikel Oyarzabal back into the team following his lengthy lay-off. However La Real were ticking along very nicely without him in the first half of the season with an established midfield quartet playing behind Kubo and Sorloth in attack.

Celta Vigo meanwhile have enjoyed a pretty good resumption following the World Cup with doubts about Carlos Carvalhal’s appointment starting to ease. The thrilling 4-3 win at Betis was their standout performance and result, but their other games have been much less dramatic with a defensive structure starting to look more solid than we’d seen previously under Chacho Coudet.

They should really have got something from their home game against Atletico Madrid last weekend with Memphis Depay netting the only goal late on. They’ll most likely come here looking to keep things tight again and they have few selection issues to deal with which should aid them in that task. The only big question mark for Carvalhal may be in goal with Ivan Villar hoping to keep his place following the signing of veteran Diego Alves.

Fantasy LaLiga

Team News & Possible Lineups


Real Sociedad

INJUREDMerquelanz, Elustondo, Cho, Sadiq
DOUBTFULSilva
BANNED

Possible XI: Remiro – Rico, Le Normand, Zubeldia, Barrenetxea – Merino, Zubimendi, Brais Mendez – Oyarzabal, Sorloth, Kubo (4-3-3)

Coach: Imanol Alguacil

Celta Vigo

INJUREDMarchesin
DOUBTFUL
BANNED

Possible XI: Villar – Galan, Aidoo, Nunez, Mingueza – Beltran – De la Torre, Veiga, Perez – Aspas, Larsen (4-1-3-2)

Coach: Carlos Carvalhal


Score Prediction: Real Sociedad 1-0 Celta Vigo


Real Sociedad’s midfield issues have eased now with Mikel Merino, Martin Zubimendi and Brais Mendez all potential starters here. Absentees in that area of the pitch were certainly a factor in their recent defeat to Real Valladolid here, but they should be better placed in this game to control the match and they ought to find a way past an improving Celta side.


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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk