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Trends Show Real Sociedad are Starting to Slide as They Host Villarreal in La Liga

Real Sociedad vs Villarreal CF - 23/02/2024

21/02/24
Trends Show Real Sociedad are Starting to Slide as They Host Villarreal in La Liga
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Teams form suggests this is not going to be a straightforward game for the hosts as the La Liga weekend begins in the Basque Country.

The match between Real Sociedad and Villarreal will take place on the 23rd of February at the Reale Arena.

The hosts begin this round of games in 6th place on 40 points while the visitors are in 13th place on 26 points.

Real Sociedad come into the match on the back of a 2-1 win at Mallorca in La Liga last weekend.

It was Mallorca who opened the scoring in just the 4th minute but Real Sociedad struck back 7 minutes before the interval.

Mallorca had a player sent off on the stroke of half time but it took until the 93rd minute for Real Sociedad to break them down and score the winner.

The win over Mallorca was the first victory for Real Sociedad in their last 6 fixtures in all competitions.

There have been defeats against Osasuna at home in La Liga and Paris Saint-Germain away in the Champions League.

Real Sociedad played out draws against Rayo Vallecano at home and Girona away in La Liga plus Mallorca away in the Copa del Rey semi-final.

Stats show Real Sociedad have a good record of 23 undefeated games from their last 25 home encounters in all competitions.

However, they have failed to win any of their 4 most recent home La Liga fixtures and have won just 3 of their last 17 home meetings with Villarreal in the league.

Villarreal travel to the Reale Arena having been held to a 1-1 draw at home against Getafe in La Liga last weekend.

It was Getafe who opened the scoring in the 24th minute and they led at half time. Villarreal scored the equaliser in the 56th minute to take a point.

The draw with Getafe means Villarreal are undefeated in each of their last 5 matches, all of which have been played in La Liga.

There have been draws with Mallorca and Cadiz at home plus Alaves away. Villarreal also recorded an excellent 5-3 victory at Barcelona in the league.

Under 2.5 goals have been scored in the 3 of the most recent games in all competitions of Villarreal. They have won only 1 of their last 7 away La Liga fixtures.

Team news: Real Sociedad are without several players due to injury, including Sheraldo Becker, Álvaro Odriozola, Kieran Tierney, Martín Merquelanz, Aihen Muñoz, and Carlos Fernández.

There are also doubts over the fitness of Aritz Elustondo and Mikel Oyarzabal.

Villarreal make the trip without Alejandro Baena, Alexander Sörloth, Ramón Terrats, Juan Foyth, and Denis Suarez, who are all in the treatment room. Alfonso Pedraza is a doubt due to an ankle problem.

Predictive analysis suggests this is going to be a close game and given the form of both teams, the match could end level. We also expect to see under 2.5 goals scored, with 1-1 a potential correct score.

Home team
Away team
Probability %
1X2
Pred
Correct score
Avg. goals
Weather conditions
Coef.
Score
Live
coef.
Es1
324622
X
1 - 1
2.20
3.60
1.73 3.60 4.75 no no no
FT
1 - 3(0 - 1)
-
- - -
La Liga
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L +/-
1
Real Madrid 78 31 24 6 1 47
2
Barcelona 70 31 21 7 3 28
3
Girona 65 31 20 5 6 24
4
Atlético Madrid 61 31 19 4 8 23
5
Athletic Bilbao 57 31 16 9 6 22
6
Real Sociedad 50 31 13 11 7 12
7
Valencia 47 31 13 8 10 2
8
Real Betis 45 31 11 12 8 1
9
Villarreal 39 31 10 9 12 -5
10
Getafe 39 31 9 12 10 -6
11
Osasuna 39 31 11 6 14 -8
12
Las Palmas 37 31 10 7 14 -6
13
Sevilla 34 31 8 10 13 -5
14
Deportivo Alavés 32 31 8 8 15 -12
15
Real Mallorca 31 31 6 13 12 -11
16
Rayo Vallecano 31 31 6 13 12 -13
17
Celta Vigo 28 31 6 10 15 -13
18
Cadiz 25 31 4 13 14 -20
19
Granada CF 17 31 3 8 20 -28
20
UD Almería 14 31 1 11 19 -32

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