Espanyol vs Real Sociedad
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Sunday, 22 September 2019
Kick-off at 13:00 UK/ 14:00 CET
Venue: RCDE Stadium (Barcelona).
Espanyol finally put an end to their miserable start to the season. After going winless in the first three fixtures in the competition, and embarrassingly, after failing to score a single goal at all in these ties, they delivered a win on the road against Eibar the last match-day.
While the fact that Eibar is one of the worst at the moment in the La Liga, could take away some of the shine of the win, the Magico will surely find solace that they managed the three points somehow.
Now, they are welcoming a tough customer at home, Real Sociedad, and this is make-or-break time for David Gallego’s men.
Disregarding a loss against Bilbao, Real has been on a roll, and they are battling for a place in the European zone at the moment in the table. The last day they recorded a well-fought 2-0 win at home over one of the best in the competition, Atleti.
While Sociedad will not have the luxury of playing at the Anoeta this weekend, the momentum they have built over the course of the previous four match-days will surely come to their help.
Espanyol vs Real Sociedad Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last three matches saw home wins.
- Five of the previous six games had goals from both teams.
- Six of the former nine wins at this venue went to the hosts.
- Real conceded twice or more in the prior three meetings.
Espanyol vs Real Sociedad Prediction
After delivering a loss to probably the best team in the tournament at the moment, and that too a squad that had been traversing with a 100% win-record, Imanol Alguacil’s men will be over cloud nine with confidence. It’d be hard for the hosts, whose sole win this campaign came against one of the worst in the whole league, to raise a meaningful challenge against this incoming bunch.
Moreover, Espanyol was able to finally open their goal-scoring account just the last day, and this further drives the point that they are not equipped to dole out a home win this weekend.
As such, count on the vanquishers of Atleti to avoid a loss in this tie.
Coming to goals though, a clean sheet for the guests might be out of the question. Home teams have had held superiority in recent clashes, and Sociedad has conceded twice or more in the last three overall h2h encounters. In addition, the guests of the day were able to keep a clean sheet just once on the road this campaign, and it had come against a newly-promoted Mallorca.
Consequentially, backing the BTTS seems logical for good returns.
Espanyol vs Real Sociedad Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score @ 2.00 (1/1)
Double Chance: Real Sociedad or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5).