9/13/20 10 am
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Real Valladolid is welcoming Real Sociedad to Jose Zorrilla in round 1 in Spanish LaLiga.
Valladolid was pretty far from the relegation zone last season, in 13th place with 42 points, 32 scored goals, and 43 conceded goals. In their 4 friendly games in the preseason, Valladolid has won 1 game, lost 2 games, while the last one ended in a draw. Valladolid has scored 6 goals while conceding 5 goals in those 4 games. Valladolid has bought 2 players in the offseason, Weissman from Wolfsberger, and Sanchez from Real Madrid, a player who was on loan in Valladolid last season. Salisu was sold to Southampton, while Plaza was lent to Trabzonspor. Olivas and Carnero are both injured, and they will not be in the lineup for this game. Valladolid hasn’t changed the coach this season, and Sergio will continue doing his job, and trying to get the best out of his players. Valladolid was fantastic on the defensive end last season, and with a couple of those players they signed in the offseason, Valladolid should be a bit better in the attacking end, but it will not be enough for Valladolid to reach the Europa League. I think we can expect Valladolid to be somewhere in the middle of the table, probably a couple of spots higher than last season.
Real Sociedad has had a successful last season, and they have ended in 6th place, a spot that took Real Sociedad to the Europa League. Sociedad has scored a decent amount of goals, 56 in 38 games while conceding 48 goals, which is solid. Sociedad was decent in the preseason with 1 loss, 1 draw, and 1 win. During this stretch, Sociedad has conceded 4 goals while scoring 3 goals. Guevara, Sola, and Silva are injured, and they will miss the beginning of the season. David Silva is the biggest signing for Sociedad, and he arrived in a free transfer from Manchester City. Rulli is the biggest loss for Sociedad, and he was sold to Villarreal for 5.5 million Euros. Martin Odegaard has also left the teams because his loan expired, and he went back to Real Madrid, but they expected that in Sociedad, and they made peace with this decision. There is a lot of talent left in Real Sociedad, starting with Isak, Jose, and Bautista in the attacking end, Oyarzabal, Januzaj, and Navarro in the midfield, and Monreal and Llorente on the defensive end. Sociedad didn’t change their head coach, and they had no reason to do so because Barrenetxea has been doing a solid job with this team, after all, he brought them into the Europa League.
The home team has dominated this matchup, and both teams were hot and cold in the preseason. I know that Sociedad is the better team here, but this is the first game of the season, and you can never know how the players will react. Sociedad is the slight favorite here, but I think this could be a tough game, and for that reason, I will pick a draw here.