Europa League Group B leaders Monaco host second-place Real Sociedad on Thursday night at the Stade Louis II. Monaco go into the fixture with eight points from 12 available and could win Group B with a victory over Real Sociedad at home. Real Sociedad have taken six points from 12 available in the group. A victory would see Real Sociedad leapfrog Les Monegasque with one matchday left to play in the Europa League group stage.

Third-place PSV Eindhoven still have a shot at finishing first. However, the Dutch club have taken only five points. They need to win and hope that Monaco and Real Sociedad draw at the Stade Louis II to pull closer in the race for qualification to the next phase of the tournament.

Monaco go into matchday 5 of the Europa League winless in their last five matches in all competitions. Niko Kovac’s team has drawn three straight games in all competitions and the coach desperately needs the team to overturn its poor form.

Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil’s team is unbeaten in 17 straight matches. However, draws have hurt the Royal in the Europa League and La Liga. At the weekend, Real Sociedad drew nil-nil with Valencia and fell out of first place in La Liga.

Monaco vs Real Sociedad Betting Odds

 

Monaco and Real Sociedad drew 1-1 at Anoeta when the teams played in the reverse fixture in the Europa League. Monaco’s Axel Disasi scored in the 16th minute and Les Monegasque went into the halftime break with a 1-0 lead. Real Sociedad’s Mikel Merino levelled the score on 53 minutes to give Real Sociedad a share of the spoils.

Bookies’ best betting odds on a Monaco win at full-time are at 31/20. Les Monegasque have failed to win four straight games with each of their last three matches ending in draws. Monaco have posted a home record of 5W-3D-3L this season with 16 goals for and 11 against.

Real Sociedad are on a brilliant run of form and are currently being taken seriously as potential title contenders in La Liga. Their games are typically low scoring with an emphasis on defence. Real Sociedad has conceded 14 goals this season, however, 11 of those goals have come on the road. The Royal have kept two straight clean sheets.

Bookies’ best betting odds on a Real Sociedad win at full-time are at 9/5. The team’s away record has let them down compared to its home record. Real Sociedad have a record of 5W-3D-1L away from Anoeta this season.

Monaco vs Real Sociedad Team News

Kovac could be without the duo of midfielder Cesc Fabregas and midfielder Eliot Matazo. Fabregas has a hamstring strain that could keep him sidelined. Meanwhile, Matazo has a muscle injury that may force him out of the team.

Striker Wissam Ben Yedder leads Monaco in goals with seven this season. Sofiane Diop has added four to Les Monegasque’s cause. Monaco’s games in Europa League Group B have been incredibly low scoring. They have scored a mere four goals in the group and conceded twice. Three of Monaco’s four Europa League matches ended with under 2.5 goals.

Real Sociedad manager Alguacil could be without up to five players for the match on Thursday night. Midfieldesr Igor Zubeldia, Jon Guridi, and Asier Illarramendi are all doubts to play due to injuries. Defenders Alex Sola and Nacho Monreal are also doubts to play the match due to their injury issues.

Like Monaco, Real Sociedad have scored just four goals in Group B. They have conceded three times to their opponents in the group stage. Mikel Oyarzabal leads Real Sociedad in goals in all competitions with six. Alexander Ishak has five goals for Real Sociedad this season.

Monaco vs Real Sociedad H2H

The teams’ reverse fixture in the Europa League was their first meeting in competitive play. Monaco took the early lead, but conceded in the second half. The game finished 1-1 at full-time.

Real Sociedad have won just one of their four matches in the Europa League this season. Three of their four games finished as draws.

Monaco have won two matches and drawn twice this season in the Europa League. Real Sociedad have kept 10 clean sheets this season. Monaco have kept five clean sheets in all competitions.

Monaco vs Real Sociedad Predictions

Sofiane Diop to score anytime @ 59/20 - BET NOW

 

Monaco forward Sofiane Diop has bagged five goals and two assists in 20 matches this season in all competitions. He has scored one goal and one assist in three Europa League matches and Kovac is likely to start the 21-year-old in attack versus Real Sociedad. Diop scored on matchday 3 of the Europa League against PSV and our betting tips prediction is for Diop to get a sixth goal this season against Real Sociedad.

Both teams to score and full-time result a draw @ 100/30 - BET NOW

 

The last time these teams played, the match ended with both teams scoring and a 1-1 draw. Real Sociedad have drawn three games in the Europa League group stage. They are a defence-first team. Three of Real Sociedad’s four matches in the Europa League ended with both teams scoring and draws at full-time. Our betting tips prediction is for both teams to find the back of the net and a draw to be the final result.

Under 2.5 goals @ 5/6 - BET NOW

 

Real Sociedad are a low scoring team. Just four goals have been scored by the Royal in the Europa League while three have been allowed. Each of Real Sociedad’s last five matches in all competitions finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Three of Monaco’s last four matches in all competitions ended with under 2.5 goals tallied. Our betting tips prediction is for Thursday night’s game at the Stade Louis II to finish with under 2.5 goals and a draw between Monaco and Real Sociedad. Group B will go down to the final day to determine which team wins the group.