La Liga Match Preview: Real Sociedad vs. Villarreal

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Updated: May 13, 2014
Real Sociedad

Match Date: 18 May 2014 (local time)

Venue: Estadio Anoeta

 

Villarreal’s chances of clinching a spot in the Europa League remain alive as Real Sociedad failed to extend its lead after an even steven finish during the recently concluded Basque Derby.

 

Despite maintaining a 29-match winning streak at home, Real Sociedad cannot afford to be too complacent when they face Villarreal. The newly-promoted squad has shown massive strength throughout the season and this explains why they are one of the contenders of the Europa League.

 

La Real is well aware of such fact. Should the visitor win, the latter shall outrank them since they have a better goal difference. Real Sociedad, however, remains as the match’s online betting favorite, thanks to its tight team form. Jagoba Arasate and his men sealed a 5-match undefeated streak within its last 6 encounters.

 

Meanwhile, Villarreal is likewise cognizant of La Real’s strength on the pitch and the fact that their away matches barely manifest an impressive performance. To note, the Yellow Submarine was unable to score during the last 3 matches held outside El Madrigal. And with the match pitted in a similar situation, they should be extra careful for the host will definitely exploit their situation.

 

But perhaps if there is anything that will help Villarreal impress, this is the massive 4-0 victory that it nailed against Rayo Vallecano. Moreover, during their 6 previous encounters, it was Villarreal, which clinched the most wins. But since its team form is weak (3 losses, 2 wins and a draw), securing a victory may not come easy.

 

Prediction: Real Sociedad or stalemate

 

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