Real Sociedad vs Elche Predictions & Match Preview

Real Sociedad vs Elche

Real Sociedad vs Elche predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, team news and predicted lineups as La Real aim to get back to winning ways.

DateSunday 19th March 2023
Kick-Off16:15 (CET)
StadiumReale Arena
CompetitionLaLiga

Real Sociedad vs Elche Preview


Real Sociedad stadium

Top four hopefuls Real Sociedad host bottom club Elche this weekend in LaLiga. On paper, there should only be one winner, although recent results cast a little bit of doubt on that.

La Real are enduring a really poor run of form and they’ll probably be grateful for the international break which follows this game. Since an impressive 3-2 win at Espanyol, they’ve really lost their way with no wins in 6 matches in all competitions and just as worryingly only 2 goals scored during that spell. The run culminated with European elimination on Thursday night as they failed to break down Roma in the Last 16 of the Europa League.

Real Sociedad do have spells like this where they struggle for goals despite often dominating games. It just feels like all of their attacking players are in poor form right now with Take Kubo and Alexander Sorloth not as strong as they were earlier in the campaign and the same could be said of Brais Mendez who was a regular source of goals before the World Cup break.

Elche meanwhile are enjoying their best spell of the season, although that certainly isn’t saying much. They are hoping to make it three games unbeaten for the first time in the 2022/23 campaign here following on from a surprise win at Mallorca followed by a draw at home to Real Valladolid. They were 2-0 up in the game prior to that against Betis too, so Real Sociedad have to be a bit wary here.

Defensively though, Elche may struggle to frustrate Real Sociedad in the way some of their recent opponents have. They’ve been leaking goals and making defensive errors throughout the campaign and that will be the main area they need to improve on this summer as they look to build ahead of what will surely still be a Segunda Division campaign despite their recent improvements.


Team News & Possible Lineups


Real Sociedad

INJUREDMerquelanz, Sadiq
DOUBTFULElustondo
BANNEDMerino, Carlos Fernandez

Possible XI: Remiro – Rico, Le Normand, Pacheco, Gorosabel – Zubimendi – Kubo, Silva, Brais Mendez – Oyarzabal, Sorloth (4-1-3-2)

Coach: Imanol Alguacil

Elche

INJUREDMagallan, Roco
DOUBTFULBlanco
BANNEDCheikh, Milla

Possible XI: Badia – Bigas, Verdu, Palacios – Clerc, Gumbau, Mascarell, Morente – Fidel, Nteka – Boye (3-4-2-1)

Coach: Pablo Machin

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Score Prediction: Real Sociedad 1-0 Elche


Real Sociedad aren’t playing well so this could be an awkward afternoon for them but it’s hard to see Elche’s defence having the concentration and ability to shut their opponents out for 90 minutes so a narrow home win could be the outcome.


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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