Real Sociedad will take on Espanyol in San Sebastian on Monday evening, 4 April, in round 30 of the Spanish Primera Division. Will the visitors be able to snatch points from the European Cup challenger? Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet app download for android.
Imanol Alguacil’s side sit in sixth place in the domestic championship, having amassed 48 points in 29 games. There have been 29 goals scored and 29 conceded. The home side were already top of the table in the autumn, but then they slowed down. In recent rounds, the team have not looked particularly convincing – only four wins in the last 12 games. San Sebastian dropped out of the Europa League, losing on aggregate in 1/16 against Leipzig and now focus their energies on the Primera. Before the international break, they drew nil at Sevilla (1.0), before narrowly beating Alaves.
The Spanish winger Miquel Oyarzabal is the team’s top scorer (9 goals), but he picked up an injury a few weeks ago. Aside from him, the club also have injured defenders Nacho Monreal and Ajen Munoz, midfielders Pocorny and Barrenchea.
Vicente Moreno’s side are in the bottom half of the table (12th place). They have 36 points from 29 games played and are 10 points adrift of the relegation zone. “The Parrots scored 35 goals, a third of which were scored by forward Raul de Tomas (14 goals), and conceded 41. The team looked good in late autumn and December, scoring regularly and pleasing their own fans. However, as 2022 came to an end, something went wrong. They failed to win a single game in 8 games during the winter.
However, the situation was rectified in March – 2 weeks ago, the Catalans beat Majorca 1-0 (2.0) on home soil. Injured Raul de Tomas will miss the upcoming meeting, so the visitors will opt for a defensive scheme.
The teams have already met each other in the first round of the current national championship, and then Espanyol took a 1-0 lead.
Real Sociedad vs Espanyol
It seems that we are going to have a draw. The hosts are fighting for the Eurocup six and have no right to lose at home to a mid-table side, but the team’s attacking potential will be markedly weakened by the absence of leader Mikel Oyarzabal. Sociedad have not scored more than two goals in their last 14 games in a row. The visitors cannot rely on top scorer Raul De Tomas either and will try at least to play a zero defensively. Our prediction is a total of less than 2.5 goals.