It is a top-five La Liga clash at Anoeta Stadium this weekend in San Sebastian as Real Sociedad host Sevilla. Real Sociedad are fifth in La Liga and on course to wrap up a Europa League qualification place for the second straight season. The Royal must hold off Real Betis and Villarreal in the chase for the top six.
Imanol Alguacil’s team are well off fourth-place Sevilla. The teams are separated by 14 points. While Sunday’s match is a top-five clash, Real Sociedad are unlikely to make up the 14-point deficit over the next eight games. Sevilla are suddenly close to the top of the table with six points separating them from sinking like a stone Atletico Madrid.
Julen Lopetegui’s team looked well off the pace of winning the league, but they are back in the thick of things. Sevilla need to win this weekend away from home to keep pace with Atletico Madrid – the team they defeated on matchday 29.
Sevilla are unbeaten in six straight games in La Liga versus Real Sociedad. Four of those matches ended in victory for Los Rojiblancos. Real Sociedad are winless in four straight games in the league. Can they end their poor form at home against an in-form Sevilla?
Real Sociedad vs Sevilla Odds
Sevilla took 13 points from the last 18 on offer in La Liga. The team’s last five matches finished without defeat. Sevilla outscored opponents 10 to six over the course of those last six matches. Their last two matches both ended in victories against Atletico Madrid 1-0 and Celta Vigo 4-3.
Bookies have Sevilla at odds of 11/7 to win at full-time versus Real Sociedad. Los Rojiblancos have taken 27 points on the road this season. Lopetegui has built the team on defence and just 15 goals have been allowed in 15 games. Earlier this season, Sevilla won 3-2 at home against Real Sociedad. Youssef En-Nesyri scored a hat-trick for Sevilla as the teams traded goals. Diego Carlos scored an own goal and Alex Isak added a second for Real Sociedad before En-Nesyri's third strike
Real Sociedad are at odds of 27/14 to win against Sevilla at home. The Royal took just six points from their last 18 on offer. They scored a mere six goals over the course of their last six games. Real Sociedad are winless in back-to-back games at home.
The Royal have not won at home against Sevilla since 2017-18. Their last two games at Anoeta ended in draws. Sevilla are unbeaten in six straight games against their rivals but have struggled at Anoeta. The teams are 43/18 to draw in San Sebastian on Sunday.
Real Sociedad vs Sevilla Team News
The big news around Sevilla’s squad going into the game this weekend is the potential player sales in the summer. Jules Kounde continues to attract interest from teams in the Premier League. Chelsea are the newest team linked to the Frenchman’s signature. They could offer cash and a player to sweeten the deal for the defender. West Ham are linked with En-Nesyri and could sign the striker in the summer.
Sevilla are never afraid to sell players that succeed at the club and reload. They are linked with the addition of Jose Corona from FC Porto as part of their recruitment in the summer. Lopetegui has just one player on the Sevilla injury list. Defender Sergio Escudero is likely to miss the game after testing positive for COVID-19.
Alguacil has a long list of injured players going into the game this weekend. Martin Merquelanz could miss out with muscle strain. Defender Aihen Munoz is a doubt with a groin injury. David Silva, Asier Illarramendi, Jon Guridi, Miguel Moya, Alex Sola, and Luca Sangalli are all nearing returns from injuries. One or more of those players could make the team.
One of the big stories around Real Sociedad recently was the decision of B-team coach, Xabi Alonso, turning down Borussia Monchengladbach and remaining at the club. Alonso will stay for another season as the club’s B-team coach (for now). He could take over for Alguacil in the near future.
Real Sociedad vs Sevilla Prediction
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Real Sociedad and Sevilla combined for five goals earlier this season. However, the last two matches played at Anoeta finished with both teams not scoring. Sevilla are a strong defensive side and recently kept Atletico Madrid scoreless in a 1-0 win. Two of Real Sociedad’s last five La Liga matches ended with both teams not scoring. They too can play strong defence. Their long injury list is an issue, however.
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En-Nesyri has 15 goals in 30 matches in La Liga this season. He leads the team in goals and could be Sevilla’s next big transfer sale. En-Nesyri scored three times in the reverse fixture and could get on the scoresheet once more. He has two goals in the last five games played by Sevilla in La Liga.
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Sevilla are six points off of first place in La Liga. They could win the league, but are outsiders of the teams in the top four. Lopetegui’s team are unbeaten in five straight games. They can certainly keep that run going against an out of form Real Sociedad.
Four of Real Sociedad’s last six games finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Four of Sevilla’s last five matches in La Liga ended with under 2.5 goals tallied. Don’t expect a lot of goals in this game as both teams need to win to keep pace with clubs around them.
Real Sociedad won the postponed 2019 Copa del Rey Final recently. They may not have the motivation from week to week after lifting a trophy. Real Betis and Villarreal are the other two sides in the race for the Europa League qualification along with Real Sociedad. A win would help Real Sociedad hold onto fifth place. However, Sevilla’s unbeaten trend against the Royal should continue.
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