Valencia vs. Real Sociedad Preview: Valencia Moves Up, La Real Struggles

Updated: October 8, 2013

Match Date: 20 October 2013 (local time)

Venue: Estadio de Mestalla


Even injuries cannot prevent Valencia from making a strong finish. As the club meets the struggling Real Sociedad, the squad is determined to move farther in La Liga’s ranking.


Team Form



The Green and Red escaped a rank drop after forcing a draw against rivals, Athletic Bilbao.


Éver Banega, who was also the chosen man of the match, converted a penalty that almost secured the club’s victory. However, a late rally from Mikel Rico equalized the scores and eventually ended in a stalemate with each club scoring a single goal.


Valencia currently maintains a strong form. It has 4 victories under its belt, 3 losses and most recently, a draw. If there is any issue that will most probably affect the club during their match against Real Sociedad, this is the absence of its key players and the issues regarding Adil Rami’s suspension.


Speaking of injuries, Valencia shall be missing Diego Alves due to a muscle tear. Likewise, Joao Pereira is nursing a muscle problem too. As mentioned, Rami is suspended after openly expressing his criticisms of Miroslav Djukic. Although the suspension will only last for a week, only the match against Real Sociedad will determine if this has an effect on Amil’s performance.


Real Sociedad

La Real struggles to maintain its grand stature after dropping to the 15th spot during the Rayo Vallecano face-off.


Kept at bay and unable to score, Rayo Vallecano savored their 2nd  victory via a converted penalty kick. Apparently, the club misses the services of Prieto, Estrada and Granero. Due to this, the club’s ranking dropped.


So far, La Real has only managed to secure a single victory, while majority of its matches ended in a bitter defeat and satisfactory draws.


Football betting tip: Valencia 2-0 Real Sociedad

Valencia’s stronger form does not only make them an automatic favorite, it also ensures their victory over La Real. Moreover, the mere fact that they will be playing at their own territory, gives them the edge. It must be noted that Valencia has been successful in 8 out of their 9 home matches.



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