Real Sociedad VS Valencia Prediction
Valencia missed winning whole set of points against Málaga on Sunday night and round 15 comes with a game away from home, when Los Che will face Real Sociedad at the “Anoeta” in San Sebastian. And if Valencia were on seconds to achieve their first La Liga success after a 2-1 victory over Sporting Gijón from mid-October, Real Sociedad lost its first match since same period of time, which happened in most terrifying way – losing 5-1 to Deportivo La Coruña on Monday night. So virtually we have two sides which cannot be satisfied by their 14th La Liga matchups in the 2016-17 season and they’ll strive to show improvement on Saturday afternoon.
Real Sociedad vs Valencia – Team News and Match Preview
After 14 rounds Valencia finds itself at the unenviable 17th position and the only reason why Cesare Prandelli’s men are out of the relegation zone is the better goal difference they have compared with the 18th Sporting Gijón. Of course, goal difference 19:26 is far from being “better”, so the most appropriate description here is less bad. Eventual victory over Malaga last weekend could move “The Bats” to the 15th position, but Malaga’s midfielder Pablo Fornals scored his second goal in that game and he made final score at the “Estadio de Mestalla” 2-2 in closing seconds of stoppage time. It has extended the torments for Valencia and “Los Che” remains without a victory in the La Liga for six rounds.
Valencia were 12th at the end of season 2015-16 and to be honest, we doubt someone was expecting even poorer performances next term. Well, Valencia struggles once again and despite losing only once in its last 4 games, team led by former Italian national team head coach Cesare Prandelli needs to win. Few days before their draw against Malaga, Valencia won a visit to Leganés (1-3) in the Copa del Rey, so they can entirely focus on the upcoming La Liga clash, since they have a second home fixture against Leganés on Wednesday night. Anyway, their frustrating La Liga campaign and convincing lead after first Spanish Cup tie are two good reasons why we shall expect absolute dedication by “The Oranges” in their upcoming travel to the Basque Country.
Real Sociedad are unbeaten in their last six home La Liga clashes and their only defeat at the “Anoeta” remains in opening week of the season – 0:3 from Real Madrid. It has been followed by 4 wins and 2 draws at home, including a 2-0 success over Atlético Madrid, as well as a draw against Barcelona in their latest home fixture.
Surprisingly or not, Real Sociedad’s fantastic run has been ended in first day of the new week, when Eusebio Sacristán’s men suffered a 5-1 defeat at the “Riazor” in La Coruña. This was first loss for Real Sociedad after five victories and one draw in past few weeks, which gives them confidence ahead. Although they’ve lost in such fashion from Deportivo, Real Sociedad still holds a decent lead in the Spanish Cup duel against Real Valladolid (winning 1-3 in the first leg), while they’re on two points from La Liga’s top four – on two points behind Atlético Madrid.
Real Sociedad vs Valencia – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Real Sociedad won its last two games over Valencia and they both were earlier in 2016. First of them was in January and it has ended with a 2-0 for hosts from San Sebastian, where Jonathas scored twice late in the game. Few months later, in May, Mikel Oyarzabal brought three points for Real Sociedad with his goal in 93rd minute of their clash at the “Estadio de Mestalla” in Valencia.
Real Sociedad will be keen for third successive victory over Valencia and Eusebio Sacristán hopes to have key midfielder David Zurutuza back in the squad. Zurutuza missed last round in La Coruña and apparently his absence was crucial, so expectations are the 30-year-old central midfielder will be fully fit after suffering a calf injury.
Right-back Carlos Martinez and attacking midfielder Xabi Prieto should both be available despite they have missed part of the training during the week.
Meanwhile, the trio including names of Rubén Pardo, Markel Bergara and Imanol Agirretxe will miss another round.
“The Bats” will try to put an end of their negative record but bad news for Cesare Prandelli are related with names of two of the key players – Ezequiel Garay and Luis Nani, who are expected to be sidelined until end of the year.
Fact that Garay misses out leaves Prandelli with Aderllan Santos, Eliaquim Mangala and Aymen Abdennour as possible centre-backs here, but latter two have some complaints and they’re both doubts.
Argentine midfielder Enzo Perez is close to return, but Alvaro Medran can be preferred in midfield, where if Prandelli starts with a 3-5-2 formation again, Guilherme Siquiera looks favourite to retain his place at the left wing, since Jose Gaya is struggling with a knee problem lately.
Final conclusion, Betting Odds and Prediction
Both sides were nearly neighbours in final 2015-2016 La Liga standings but Real Sociedad is the one which shows improvement and desire to compete for European football. Hosts from San Sebastian share same number of points with their regional Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao and team of Villarreal, respectively 5th and 6th, but they can climb to fourth position for at least 24 hours, if they win on Saturday afternoon. Athletic Bilbao has an away game against Real Betis on Sunday night, while Villarreal takes on Atletico Madrid in Monday, which opens a wonderful chance for Eusebio Sacristán’s men if they win against troubled guests from Valencia.
Injuries of Garay and Nani are another good reason why we recommend betting for Real Sociedad here, since they’re two of the players who can carry some stability in Valencia’s formation. However, their absence can be crucial and we expect Real Sociedad to take advantage out of it.
Our stake goes on victory of the home side – 1X2 Betting for Real Sociedad, who look capable enough of winning all the points from Valencia on Saturday night, 10 December 2016.
Venue: “Estadio Municipal de Anoeta”, San Sebastian.
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández.
Possible starting lineups of Real Sociedad vs Valencia
Real Sociedad: Gerónimo Rulli – Yuri Berchiche, Iñigo Martínez, Raul Navas, Carlos Martínez – Asier Illarramendi, David Zurutuza – Mikel Oyarzabal, Xabi Prieto, Carlos Vela – Willian Jose. (4-2-3-1)
Valencia CF: Diego Alves – Aymen Abdennour, Eliaquim Mangala, Aderlan Santos – Guilherme Siqueira, Mario Suarez, Alvaro Medran, Dani Parejo, João Cancelo – Munir El Haddadi, Rodrigo. (3-5-2)