Real Sociedad vs RB Leipzig
Europe – UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 24 February 2022
Kick-off at 17:45 UK / 18:45 CET
Venue: Anoeta Stadium.
Despite dominating possession in the home leg, RB Leipzig had to find the equaliser through a penalty in the 82nd minute to head into Anoeta Stadium with all to play for.
Their opponents on the other hand were happy to defend the German attack and made most of their chances, by converting both their shots on target and will have the home turf advantage following the 2-2 result.
Real Sociedad following a 5th place finish last season are currently sitting outside the UEFA competition spots in 7th place in the La Liga.
Following their trip to Leipzig, they suffered a huge 4-0 win away from home against arch rivals Athletic Bilbao in a Basque derby. They will head into the contest with two wins and two draws in the league prior to the derby.
RB Leipzig on the other hand followed up with the rather disappointing draw in the home leg by mauling Hertha Berlin by a score line of 1-6 away from home.
Following the result, they now occupy 4th position in the Bundesliga, level on points with the 5th and 6th place teams.
Real Sociedad vs RB Leipzig Head-to-head
The first leg marked the first time ever these teams locked horns in a competitive fixture.
Real Sociedad vs RB Leipzig Prediction
One would always expect a high scoring fixture from Leipzig, considering their style of play and all six of the UCL matches this season involving three or more goals. However, their opponents have also hopped on the trend in recent games, with their preceding three Europa League fixtures witnessing a similar score line.
Furthermore, with the first leg involving four goals, one should expect at least three in the decisive 2nd leg.
The hosts have gone behind at half time just once in their last nine home fixtures across all competitions. Hence, I have backed them for the 1st half with an Asian handicap.
Real Sociedad vs RB Leipzig Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.80 odds.
Real Sociedad 0.0 1st half Asian handicap @ 1.92 odds.