Valencia have recently distanced themselves from the relegation zone in La Liga. Javi Gracia’s team are nine points above the relegation zone going into matchday 30. If Los Che continue collecting points here and there, they should survive the drop. Real Sociedad are fresh off of their Copa del Rey 2019-20 win and head into the game full of confidence.
Real Sociedad are fifth in the La Liga standings thanks to goal difference. Champions League qualification is well off the mark for Real Sociedad and hanging onto a Europa League qualification place is the club’s main aim. Real Sociedad are winless in three straight games in La Liga. Their grip on a top-six finish is slipping. Seventh-place Villarreal are in the fight for the top six and Real Sociedad need to keep collecting points to hold off the Yellow Submarine.
The reverse fixture between Valencia and Real Sociedad finished 1-0 in favour of the former. Maxi Gomez scored the only goal of the game at Anoeta in the 75th minute. The game saw six yellow cards in a fiery affair. Real Sociedad may have lost the game, but dominated the fixture. The Royal collected 66% of the possession and tallied 11 shots.
Four of the last five games between the teams ended with under 2.5 goals scored. Four of those same five games also ended with both teams not scoring goals. Real Sociedad are struggling in La Liga. Can they end a three-match winless run versus Valencia?
Valencia vs Real Sociedad Betting Odds
Valencia’s form has improved in recent games. They took nine points from the last 18 on offer despite goals not flowing freely. Valencia scored just seven times while allowing eight goals to opponents over the course of the last six games. Los Che are coming off of a shock 2-1 loss to Cadiz last weekend. However, their away form has been incredibly poor compared to the team’s form at the Mestalla.
Valencia are 8/3 to win at home versus Real Sociedad on Sunday. Gracia’s team are unbeaten in three straight games at home versus Real Sociedad in La Liga. Two games finished in draws while one was a victory. The teams are at odds of 13/5 to draw at the end of full-time.
Real Sociedad took a mere eight points from the last 18 on offer. Three straight games played by the Royal ended without wins – two of those three games were losses. Imanol Alguacil’s team were outscored eight to seven by opponents over the course of their last six games in the division.
The Royal are at odds of 7/6 to win at full-time versus Valencia. However, they failed to win four of their last five games in La Liga away from Anoeta. Real Sociedad’s last win at the Mestalla came in 2016-17.
Valencia vs Real Sociedad Team News
Gracia has two players on the Valencia injury list heading into the fixture. Defender Eliaquim Mangala is a doubt due to a hamstring injury. Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is ruled out with a knee injury. He could return before the end of the season sometime in May.
Valencia are led in goals by midfielder Carlos Soler. The former Valencia youth team player has seven goals with six coming from the penalty spot. Maxi Gomez scored in the reverse fixture and has five strikes this term.
Alguacil has a number of injuries going into the weekend versus Valencia. Midfielder David Silva is a doubt due to a muscle injury. Asier Illarramendi is also a doubt with a muscle problem. Defender Aihen Munoz, Miguel Angel Moya, Alex Sola, and Luca Sangalli are all fighting for match fitness. One or all of the quartet could end up missing the fixture due to their injury issues.
Strikers Alex Ishak and Carlos Fernandez could be called upon to start the game in attack. The duo started versus Athletic Bilbao in midweek. Neither player completed the full 90 minutes against the Lions. Injuries are likely to force Alguacil to mix and match his squad once more.
Valencia vs Real Sociedad Prediction
Both teams to score: NO @ 6/5 - BET NOW
Four of the last five games between Valencia and Real Sociedad ended with both teams not scoring goals. We are likely to see a low-scoring match between the two teams. Valencia are not a very good team this season and struggle to score goals. Real Sociedad have injury issues that are likely to see them struggle in the final third. Three of Valencia’s last six La Liga matches ended with both teams not scoring.
Halftime result: DRAW @ 6/5 - BET NOW
Thirteen of the last 19 games in all competitions between Valencia and Real Sociedad saw the matches go into the halftime break as draws. That trend includes three of the last four games played between the two clubs. Valencia’s poor scoring form should see them struggle in the final third throughout the game on Sunday at the Mestalla. They scored a mere seven times over the course of their last six games. Real Sociedad only bagged eight goals in their last six games.
Under 2.5 goals scored @ 10/11 - BET NOW
Eleven of the last 19 games between Valencia and Real Sociedad in all competitions ended with under 2.5 goals scored. That includes four of the last five games between the clubs. Two of Valencia’s last six games in La Liga ended with fewer than 2.5 goals and Real Sociedad saw under 2.5 goals in four of their last five matches in La Liga.
Sunday’s game is likely to be a low-scoring affair. Real Sociedad have played well this season thanks to a strong defence. Valencia have not played well this term overall. It is their home form that is keeping them above the relegation zone.
Los Che are unbeaten in six straight home games with four straight ending in wins. Don’t be shocked to see Valencia claim a victory at home versus Real Sociedad. The Royal have injury issues that could see them drop points for a fourth straight game.
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