2/18/21 12:55 pm
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Real Sociedad and Manchester United are clashing at Juventus Center in the round of 32 in the UEFA Europa League.
Sociedad is showing some signs of life, and after being in a slump for a long time, Sociedad hasn’t lost any of their last 3 games, while winning their last 2 games in a row. During this 3-game streak, Sociedad has scored 6 goals while conceding only 2 goals. In LaLiga, Sociedad is in 5th place with 38 points, and they are still within the Champions League reach. As far as the Europa League goes, Sociedad ended the group stage in 2nd place with 9 points, and they got lucky while doing it. In their last game this past weekend, Real Sociedad was playing against Getafe on the road, and they have had 56% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 72% of the correct passes. With a scored goal in the 30th minute, Sociedad has won this game 0-1. Sangalli is the only injured player for Real Sociedad at this time. Real Sociedad has woken up just in time for the Europa League, but they will need to play their best soccer of the season if they want to advance to the next stage.
Manchester United has won only 2 of their last 5 games, but the good news is that they haven’t lost any of their last 5 games. With these 3 draws in the EPL, United has lost the top spot in the Premier League, and they are now in second place with 46 points, which is a massive 10 points less than Manchester City. Manchester United arrived in the Europa League from the Champions League after ending the group stage in 3rd place, and their defense was absolutely terrible, and it still is. Manchester United was playing against WBA on the road in their last game, and they have had 74% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and a solid 86% of the correct passes. United conceded a goal early, in the 2nd minute, but they were able to tie the score in the 44th minute. In the second half, United was playing well, but they couldn’t get through WBA’s defense. The final result of this game was 1-1. Jones and Pogba are the only two injured players for Manchester United. Offensively, United is a mighty force, but their defense is terrible, and if they want to have a shot at winning the Europa League, they need to take a hard look in the mirror and get things done on the defensive end.
United hasn’t lost any of their last 5 games. Sociedad and United have played twice against each other, and United has won one game while the other game ended in a draw. This could be a tough one, but I would give the advantage to Manchester United because they have been solid on the road this season.