Real Sociedad host PSV Eindhoven on Thursday night in the Europa League. The Royal go into the fixture desperately needing a win to move into the next phase of the tournament. Real Sociedad can finish no higher than second place and only a victory over PSV Eindhoven will allow them to earn progress to the preliminary playoff round.

Real Sociedad vs PSV Eindhoven Match Preview

PSV Eindhoven are second in Group B heading into Europa League matchday 6. The Lightbulbs cannot win the group even if they are victorious in Sociedad. Monaco’s head-to-head record will give them the group win regardless of what happens in their match against Sturm Graz.

The reverse fixture between Real Sociedad and PSV Eindhoven finished 2-2 with both teams having to come from behind. After trailing 2-1 at halftime, PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo scored in the second half to give PSV Eindhoven a share of the spoils.

Like last season, Real Sociedad have flirted with the La Liga title. However, the Royal have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions. Their title fight on the domestic front is likely over and a run in the Europa League could be ended on Thursday night at home.

Real Sociedad vs PSV Eindhoven Betting Odds

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Real Sociedad go into Europa League matchday 6 on the back of a 2-0 loss at home to Real Madrid. The loss has all but eliminated Real Sociedad from the La Liga title race. Now, Imanol Alguacil is aiming to progress to the next phase of the Europa League as second-place finishers in Group B.

The Basque club has taken six points from 15 available to them in the group. They have scored five times and allowed five goals to opponents in Group B. PSV Eindhoven are in the driver’s seat to gain progress to the next phase of the Europa League.

A win or draw will see them qualify for the preliminary playoffs. The good news for Alguacil is that Real Sociedad would transfer to the Europa Conference League, where they could win a piece of European silverware.

Real Sociedad’s best betting odds to win at home against PSV Eindhoven are at 81/100. The Royal drew their previous two Europa League home matches. Bookies’ best betting odds on a draw at full-time are at 29/10. PSV Eindhoven’s best betting odds to win at full-time are at 17/5. PSV Eindhoven have not lost on the road in the Europa League this season.

Real Sociedad vs PSV Eindhoven Team News

Five players could be missing from Real Sociedad’s team for the final day of the Europa League. David Silva is nursing a hamstring injury and is a major doubt to play. Mikel Merino is also a major doubt to play for the team. He has a calf strain.

Defenders Alex Sola and Nacho Monreal are in the running to make the team. Both are recovering from injuries, but could make the squad. Forward Carlo Fernandez is ruled out until February with an ACL injury.

PSV Eindhoven manager Roger Schmidt has several players that have been added to the injury list this week. Mario Gotze is ruled out of the game with a back injury. Midfielder Davy Propper is also ruled out of the game. He has a knee injury that will keep him out until January. Shurandy Sambo and Richard Ledezma are both ruled out due to ACL injuries.

Schmidt will have his fingers crossed that Max Romero and Eran Zahavi will be passed fit to play. The duo are due back in mid-December, but Thursday night’s Europa League matchday 6 fixture could come a little too early for them.

Real Sociedad vs PSV Eindhoven H2H

Europa League matchday 1 was the first meeting between Real Sociedad and PSV Eindhoven in European competition. The game was a back-and-forth affair with PSV Eindhoven getting a second half goal from Cody Gakpo to draw. Despite the number of player absences that Schmidt must deal with on Thursday night, PSV Eindhoven are in excellent form ahead of the match.

The Lightbulbs last seven matches in all competitions ended without a defeat and five of those fixtures finished as wins. Real Sociedad have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions. While PSV Eindhoven won 4-1 against Utrecht at the weekend, Real Sociedad lost at home to Real Madrid 2-0.

Real Sociedad vs PSV Eindhoven Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 7/10 - BET NOW

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The previous fixture between these teams finished 2-2. It was a thriller in Eindhoven with the Lightbulbs coming from 2-1 down at halftime to draw. Three of PSV Eindhoven’s five matches in the Europa League finished with both teams scoring. Four of Real Sociedad’s five matches in the Europa League ended with both teams scoring. Our betting tips prediction is for these teams to both score goals once more.

Over 3.5 goals @ 19/10 - BET NOW

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These teams met on Europa League matchday 1 and the sides combined for over 3.5 goals. The match ended 2-2 with the clubs splitting the points. Ten of PSV Eindhoven’s 26 matches in all competitions finished with over 3.5 goals scored. Five of Real Sociedad’s 22 matches in all competitions finished with more than 3.5 goals. Our betting tips prediction is for over 3.5 goals to be scored.

First team to score: Real Sociedad @ 8/13 - BET NOW

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PSV Eindhoven scored first when these teams met on matchday 1 as Real Sociedad came back to score twice before halftime. This time around, Real Sociedad are in desperate need of a win at home. A loss will see them crash out of the Europa League. Our betting tips prediction is for Real Sociedad to come out the more aggressive of the teams and to score first.

PSV Eindhoven have injury issues, but they should still play well on Thursday night and see out another draw against Real Sociedad. Two of PSV Eindhoven’s five matches in the Europa League thus far finished as draws. Real Sociedad have had three matches in the group end as a stalemate. Our betting tips prediction is for another draw between these sides.