Villarreal is hosting Real Sociedad at Estadio de la Ceramica in round 37 of the Spanish LaLiga. Villarreal is on a nice run at the moment, and they are only 3 points behind the Europa League spot. Real Sociedad is above Villarreal in the standings, but that could change after this game.
After 4 games without a win, Villarreal has beaten Rayo Vallecano on the road, and it was a fantastic win they need to boost their confidence. As I’ve mentioned, Villarreal is still in the Europa League hunt, and with a win here they will get to that 6th place, but they need the win. Overall, Villarreal has been successful this season, they have reached the Champions League semifinals, and they are still fighting for Europe, but I think they wanted to do better in LaLiga. With only 35 conceded goals so far this season, Villarreal is one of the best defensive teams in the league this season, but it simply wasn’t enough to stay close to the top. Villarreal has a few questionable players for this game, but they need to go for the win because I don’t think they want the pressure in the last round.
Sociedad is not scoring a lot of goals, less than they are capable of, but they are still in the Europa League spot, for now. In their last game against Cadiz, Real Sociedad has stepped up, and they have gotten a precious 3-0 win. Sociedad might not have the offense this season, but they certainly have the defense, and they have conceded only 34 goals so far this season. Oyarzabal is the leading goalscorer for Sociedad with only 9 scored goals, while Isak has added 5 goals. David Silva has 4 assists. Unfortunately for Sociedad, Oyarzabal is injured, and I’m not sure where they will get the goals from in this game, and the next one. In the last game of the season, Sociedad is playing against Atletico Madrid, which means they need a positive result out of this game, which certainly won’t be easy. Sociedad is not a bad team, they are very good defensive teams, but I’m not sure how much good will that do in these last two games of the season.
Villarreal has been outstanding at home so far this season, but they still have a lot of questionable players, and they need to go for the win here. I know that even the Conference League is a decent European competition, but it’s below Villarreal. Sociedad will once again focus on defense in this game, and that might be the only thing that will keep them alive.