Preview and Prediction
Real Sociedad is one of the unfortunate teams which lost their momentum after the restart. Before La Liga resumed they were in the top five of the table and in their positive trend. They won 7 games and lost twice only in the last 10 matches before the lockdown. Now, their position is degrading to the seventh in the standings. Mikel Oyarzabal and Co have only sealed a win once and had a draw twice in the last seven games. Their chance to qualify to European competition still stands but they have to be involved in a six-way tussle with their contenders. One of them, Granada, is taking on them this midweek. They are on the tenth separated by four point only from Sociedad.
Both teams’ previous matches
Imanol Alguacil’s men failed to win again while travelling to Levante. They were held in a 1-1 draw. Their Swedish youngster, Alexander Isak took the lead by his backheel volley into the back of the net. Unfortunately, the host could equalise by Jose Luis Morales.
Their counterpart, Granada, were only able to pick up one point too while hosting Valencia last weekend. They were involved in a 2-2 seesaw game. Carlos Fernandez scored an opener but equalised by Manu Vallejo. Los Ches even had their turn to take the lead by Goncalo Guedes’s long range shot. Yet, Fede Vico’s free kick saved them from the loss.
Imano Alguacil returns to his 4-2-3-1 formation in the past two games after his attempts to employ 3-4-2-1 did not succeed. Alexander Isak, who has netted twice consecutively in the last two matches, earns his spot in the starting IX instead of William Jose. Behind him, there is Martin Odengaard plus Portu and Mikel Oyarzabal who will be in both flanks. The former Manchester United man, Adnan Januzaj is sidelined along with Asier Illaramendi, Luca Sangalli and Andre Barrenetxea.
Meanwhile, Diego Martinez is likely to deploy 3-4-2-1 or 3-4-3. Carlos Fernandez is accompanying the former Valencia and Tottenham front man, Roberto Soldado upfront supported by The Venezuelan Darwin Machis. However, Maxime Gonalons, Antonio Martinez and Angel Montoro will still have to sit out of the game due to their injury.
Players to watch
Sociedad is in progress of regaining their revival momentum and the Swedish Alexander Isak who has bagged nine goals in total, seems to be the perfect one to rely on. He is currently approaching the top scorer William Jose. Some other notable figures to watch are Mikel Oyarzabal, Portu and the former Arsenal man, Nacho Monreal.
In Granada squad, Carlos Fernadez is the current top performers after the lockdown. He has bagged eight goals in total and provided three assists. Other key men to watch at this game are Yangel Herrera, Darwin Machis and Roberto Soldado.
The match is expected to be tight as both are in the same level and also aim for the same target. The home side might need to maximise their attacking potential and not only count on Alexander Isak to score. Martin Odengaard whose form after the restart has not improved yet is expected to contribute more on the pitch along with the wingers. If they are unable to do so, Sociedad has to share points with Granada again this time.
Alguacil’s men seem to be considered as the favourite as they play at home. They are priced to win at 1.72. Roberto Soldado and Co are only backed to win at 4.85 while the odds for draw result are at 3.70.