Villarreal vs Real Sociedad
Spanish La Liga 2016/17
Date: Sunday, 18 September 2016
Kick-Off: 17:30 UK
Venue: Estadio El Madrigal, Vila-real.
Villarreal had plenty of fitness issues at the start of the 2016/17 La Liga season. But they have managed to negotiate the first three fixtures of the season without much damage. The 2-0 win at Malaga last weekend is their first win of the new season and they are unbeaten with back-to-back draws in the previous three. However their key players Roberto Soldado, Cedric Bakambu and Jonathan dos Santos remain sidelined when they welcome Real Sociedad to the El Madrigal on Sunday evening.
Real Sociedad have recovered from the 3-0 home defeat to Real Madrid on the opening day of the new season with a win and a draw in the next two fixtures. They do have an almost fully fit squad in the weekend trip to Vila-real. But they haven’t won against their Sunday’s opponents in the last 7 matches in all competitions.
Villarreal vs Real Sociedad: Head-to-Head
Villarreal are undefeated in their last 7 matches against Real Sociedad in all competitions, with 4 wins and three draws. Moreover the Yellow Submarines have lost only once in their last 13 matches against Real Sociedad.
The teams played out a 0-0 draw in the corresponding fixture of previous season, while Villarreal won 2-0 in the reverse fixture at Sociedad.
Villarreal vs Real Sociedad: Prediction
Villarreal have a solid head-to-head record against Real Sociedad and they are coming here on the back of some good form. Sociedad are also in some good form, but they away record against stronger teams in the league is pretty ordinary. So the hosts could be backed to edge a narrow win here.
Also, 11 of the last 13 home games of Villarreal have seen under 2.5 goals and this is a good bet considering the fact that they have scored over 2 goals only once in their last 18 home games in La Liga.
Villarreal vs Real Sociedad: Betting Tips
Villarreal to win at 1.85 (17/20)
Under 2.5 goals at 1.57 (4/7).
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