Valencia vs Real Sociedad
Spanish La Liga, Matchday 38.
Date: Friday, 13-May-2016.
Venue: Mestalla, Valencia.
Valencia host Real Sociedad at the Mestalla Stadium on Friday night, in a clash both teams wants to win to secure a top half finish in the Spanish Primera Division 2015/16 season.
The 3-2 defeat against Real Madrid last weekend saw Valencia drop down from 9th to 11th position in the league standings. They have suffered back-to-back defeats and are without a win in the last three, with a risk of dropping down further in the table.
Real Sociedad end their 4 match win-less run with a 2-1 home win over Rayo Vallecano in the weekend and climbed two spots up the table to the 9th place. They might need a win here, if they have to stay in the top half, otherwise the team from has nothing left to play for in their final fixture of the league.
Valencia are without a win in their last three LA Liga matches, with a draw and 2 defeats. They were on a three match winning run prior to that, overcoming Sevilla, Barcelona and Eibar during that period. Valencia had lost 4 of their last 6 homes games in La Liga, with 2 wins. Their form in the last five games at home read L-W-W-L-L.
Real Sociedad recorded their first win in 5 league games against Rayo last weekend, after losing in 3 and drawing 1. Their away form is particularly poor and registered just one win in their last five, with 3 defeats and a draw. Sociedad scored 3 goals in their last 5 games, but conceded 7.
Valencia: Team News
Jose Gaya, Zakaria Bakkali and Denis Cheryshev are sidelined due to injury, while Rodrigo misses out after getting send-off against Real Madrid in the weekend.
Santi Mina could replace the suspended Rodrigo and no other changes are expected to Pako Ayestaran’s squad for Friday.
Valencia: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Alves – Barragan, Mustafi, Abdennour, Siqueira – Parejo, Perez, Fuego – Andre Gomes, Santi Mina, Alcacer.
Real Sociedad: Team News
Sociedad will be without the injured Carlos Martinez, Agirretxe, Raul Navas, Inigo Martínez and Canales for their trip to Valencia.
While Esteban Granero is suspended after picking up a red card against Vallecano in their last match. Ruben Pardo is likely replacement to bring some defensive stability in midfield.
Real Sociedad: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Rulli – Elustondo, Gonzalez, Reyes, Bella – Illaramendi, Pardo – Prieto, Zurutuza, Oyarzabal – Vela.
Valencia vs Real Sociedad: Head-to-Head Stats
Real Sociedad had lost just once in the last 9 meetings against Valencia, which came in the same fixture of last season’s La Liga at Mestalla on March 2015. Sociedad had won in 7 of those 9 clashes, while one match end in a draw.
Valencia’s home record against Sociedad in the last five read 2 wins and 3 defeats; W-L-L-L-W.
The first leg of this season’s La Liga clash end in a 2-0 win for Sociedad.
The last four meetings between the two sides registered under 2.5 goals.
Valencia vs Real Sociedad: Prediction
Both teams will be looking to end the season with a win, which may earn them a place in the top half of the league table. Sociedad have just ended their 5 match winless streak while Valencia are coming on the back of consecutive defeats.
Looking at the current forms of the team Sociedad might be a slightly better side and will go in as favourites, also considering the fact that they had won 3 of the last 4 meetings between the sides at the Mestalla.
Valencia are in a good scoring form and netted 10 goals in their last 5 games, and is likely to continue it on Friday. The match is very likely to see over 2.5 goals and my prediction is a Real Sociedad win by 2-1 margin.
Recommended Bet: Double Chance: Sociedad Win/Draw.
Big Money Bet: Handicap Sociedad (+1).