Espanyol is hosting Real Sociedad at RCDE Stadium in round 15 of the Spanish LaLiga. Espanyol has been solid so far this season, they haven’t been scoring a lot, but they have been in solid form. Real Sociedad is still going strong, and they lost only their second game this season against Monaco earlier this week.
Espanyol is now in 11th place with 17 points, they have scored 14 goals, while they conceded also 14 goals. In their last game against Barcelona on the road, Espanyol has had only 35% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 80% of the correct passes. Despite not having a great game, Espanyol was defending well, but they still ended up losing this game 1-0. De Tomas has been in excellent form so far this season with 7 scored goals for Espanyol. De Tomas also added 2 assists. As the newly promoted team to LaLiga, Espanyol’s only mission is to secure LaLiga spot for another season, and they are marching towards that. Espanyol is doing a solid job, they are defending well, and I think they will stay in LaLiga.
As I’ve mentioned, Real Sociedad has lost only 2 games so far this season, and defensively, they are one of the best teams in the league. Thanks to their great form right now, Sociedad is in 2nd place with 28 points, 19 scored goals, and only 10 conceded goals in 14 games. As far as the Europa League goes, Sociedad is in 3rd place with 6 points, but if they beat PSV in the last round, they will advance to the next stage. I know it doesn’t feel good when you get knocked out, but I think that actually might be a good thing for Sociedad because it would give them the chance to focus on LaLiga and make a push for the title. Oyarzabal is the leading goalscorer for Sociedad with 6 goals, and he should be leading them once again. In their last LaLiga game, Sociedad was hosting Valencia, and they were the better team with 62% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, and 79% of the correct passes. In the 76th minute, Sociedad has conceded a red card, but they were solid defensively, and this game has ended in a 0-0 draw. Elustondo will miss the next few games for Sociedad because of that red card. I love Sociedad this season, and I love the way they are playing, but the further they go in Europe, the harder it will be for them to focus in LaLiga.
The trends are on Sociedad’s side in this matchup, but Espanyol has proven to be a tough team to beat at home. I think this will be a tight game score-wise, but I think Sociedad will dominate, and I think they will get the win.