Real Sociedad is hosting Valencia at Reale Arena in round 14 of the Spanish LaLiga. Sociedad has lost only 1 game so far this season, they have been outstanding defensively, and they are at the top of the table. Valencia has started this season well, but they have completely cooled off, but there are some signs of life in Valencia lately.
As I’ve mentioned, Real Sociedad has been outstanding on both ends this season, and with 28 points, 19 scored goals, and only 10 conceded goals, Sociedad is now in 1st place. Oyarzabal is the leading goalscorer for Sociedad with 6 goals, and he is ready to play in this game. Real Sociedad was playing against Osasuna in their last LaLiga game, and they were the better team with 57% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 85% of the correct passes. With 2 second-half goals and late ones for that matter, Real Sociedad has deservedly won this game 0-2. The injury list has shrunk for Real Sociedad, and with that additional depth they will become even more competitive, and they will need all the help they can get if they decide to make a run in the Europa League this season.
Valencia hasn’t lost any of their last 2 games, and they are now in 10th place with 17 points, 21 scored goals, and 20 conceded goals. Valencia was on a 7-game streak without a win, but they have beaten Villarreal and tied to Atletico Madrid before the international break. In that game against Atletico Madrid, Valencia has had 48% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 9 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and 76% of the correct passes. Even though Valencia was losing 1-3 in the 92nd minute, they never gave up, and with 2 goals in the 93rd and the 96th minute, Valencia has tied the score, and the final result was 3-3. Guillamon is suspended because of the yellow cards for Valencia, while Paulista is injured. Soler and Duro have each scored 4 goals for Valencia, while Guedes added 3 goals and 4 assists. I think Valencia is improving, they are making smart decisions in the offseason, and even though it will be a couple more seasons before we can expect something from this team, I think those days will come.
Sociedad is the better team, and they are in better form. Sociedad has been more consistent this season, they are better defensively, and I see them winning this game.