Real Sociedad are hanging onto a Europa League qualification place going into matchday 35. On Friday night, the Royals will face off with 19th-place Elche at Anoeta. Real Sociedad are winless in four of their last six matches in La Liga. Manager Imanol Alguacil will aim for a rebound from last weekend’s shock loss 1-0 to Huesca.

Their opponents, Elche, are in the relegation zone going into matchday 35 and seeking salvation. Elche are on 30 points after 34 matches. They are just one point behind Deportivo Alaves and Real Valladolid who sit in 16th place and 17th place, respectively.

The reverse fixture between Real Sociedad and Elche finished 3-0 in favour of the former. After a scoreless first half, Real Sociedad scored three times in the second period through Cristian Portu, Adnan Januzaj, and Roberto Lopez. The match was the first between the sides since 2014-15.

Elche have won just once in their last six games in La Liga. Manager Fran Escriba’s team must win this weekend as just four games are left in the season as only 12 points are available. The Green Striped Ones will finish out the season with a six-point affair versus Alaves before facing Cadiz and Athletic Bilbao. Can Elche take points off of Real Sociedad on Friday night or will Real Sociedad solidify their place in the top five?

Real Sociedad vs Elche Betting Odds

 

Real Sociedad have blown hot and cold over the course of their last six games in La Liga. The Royals took eight points from their last 18 available. Real Sociedad have struggled to score goals in the second half of the season. Just seven have been scored over the course of the team’s last six while seven goals were conceded by Real Sociedad.

Leading sportsbooks have Real Sociedad at odds of 9/16 to win at full-time for the second straight game over Elche. Real Sociedad have taken 27 points from 17 matches in La Liga at home. They are +8 in goal difference at Anoeta.

Elche are at odds of 67/10 to win at full-time versus Real Sociedad away from home. The Green Striped Ones took five points from the last 18 points available. They have struggled for goals with just four scored in those last six matches. The defence played decently over the course of those six fixtures with just eight allowed to opponents.

The Green Striped Ones are coming off of a 1-0 home loss to Atletico Madrid. Elche have La Liga’s worst away points total. They have won just two games in 17 trips away from home. Twenty-nine goals have been conceded by the club on their travels. Elche have allowed 50 goals in La Liga this term. It is the fourth-most goals allowed in the league.

Real Sociedad vs Elche Team News

Alguacil has had a number of players on the injury list in the second half of the season. The injuries have hurt Real Sociedad’s chances of making the top five and they will have to settle for Europa League football – if they can hold onto it. Real Sociedad are just two points above seventh-place Real Betis in the race for Europa League football for next season.

The manager could be without Fernandez Luna due to a muscle injury. Midfielder Igor Zubeldia is also suffering from a muscle injury and could miss the game. Mikel Merino is ruled out of action due to a knock.

The trio of Aihen Munoz, Asier Illarramendi, and Luca Sangelli could all come back from their respective injuries. Alguacil is waiting on news over Urko Gonzalez and Jon Pacheco. The duo tested positive for COVID-19 and are both likely to miss the match.

Escriba has two players on the injury list at Elche. Defender Johan Mojica is a doubt due to a muscle injury. Forward Guido Carrillo has a hamstring injury and could return to the team this weekend. Elche have scored just 29 goals in La Liga. They are led in goals by Lucas Boye with six.

Real Sociedad vs Elche Prediction

Real Sociedad to win to nil @ 7/5- BET NOW

 

Real Sociedad posted a 3-0 win in the reverse fixture. After a scoreless first half, the Royals tallied three goals in the second half. Real Sociedad’s last two matches ended with both teams not scoring. They tallied a win to nil in one match and loss to nil in the other. Two of Elche’s last four matches finished in losses to nil. Real Sociedad’s defence has conceded 35 times this season, the fifth-fewest goals this season in La Liga.

Alexander Isak to score anytime @ 1/1 - BET NOW

 

Alexander Isak leads Real Sociedad in goals scored this season with 14 in 30 La Liga matches. He has been in good form in the second half of the season. Eleven of Isak’s 14 goals have come since January 9th. Isak averages a La Liga goal every 150 minutes. Isak is right on target for his expected goals this season which is at 14.37.

Under 2.5 goals scored @ 4/5 - BET NOW

 

Yes, the first match this season between Real Sociedad and Elche finished 3-0 in favour of the former. With Real Sociedad struggling for goals in the second half of the season, the match on Friday night at Anoeta could end with under 2.5 goals scored. Three of Real Sociedad’s last six La Liga games ended with under 2.5 goals, including back-to-back league fixtures.

Elche last four matches all ended with under 2.5 goals. They do not score many goals, but have improved in recent months in defence. They should keep the game low scoring with Real Sociedad pulling out the win in the end. Real Sociedad are unbeaten in four of their last six home matches and should run that tally to five out of seven games at Anoeta without a defeat.

The Green Striped Ones will likely go down to the wire seeking safety in the La Liga relegation fight. It is a tight race at the bottom and Elche can still rescue their campaign. The rescue will come up short at Anoeta.