Espanyol vs Real Sociedad Match Analysis & Prediction
13/02/2023 11:00 pm
Real Sociedad will be looking to bounce back from their surprise defeat to Real Valladolid when they continue their La Liga campaign away to Espanyol on Monday night.
While the hosts enter the contest off the back of a 1-1 draw with Osasuna, the visitors suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Real Valladolid last time out.
Only Elche have won fewer La Liga matches than Espanyol this season, with the hosts only managing to succeed in four of their 20 games in 2022-23.
However, they have drawn a league-high nine times, suffering just seven defeats, with a total of 21 points leaving them in 16th place in the table, just one point outside of the relegation zone.
The White and Blues finished 14th in La Liga last season after returning to the top flight, and they will be seeking to avoid dropping into the second tier for the second time in three campaigns.
Diego Martinez’s side claimed a 1-0 victory over Real Betis on January 21 before losing 3-1 at Almeria in their final game of last month.
Last time out, Espanyol came from behind to salvage a point against Osasuna, with Martin Braithwaite cancelling out an opener from Ante Budimir.
Real Sociedad had been unbeaten in the league since the end of October before losing to Real Valladolid, so it will be interesting to see how the visitors respond to the setback.
The White and Blues have enjoyed an impressive campaign so far, picking up 39 points from 20 matches, leaving them in third place in the table, four points clear of fourth-placed Atletico Madrid and seven ahead of fifth-placed Rayo Vallecano in the battle for the top four.
Imanol Alguacil’s side have been excellent on the road this season, picking up 22 points from 10 matches, which is the third-best record in the division behind Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Real Sociedad have won their last two league matches against Espanyol, but they suffered a 1-0 defeat when the two sides last met at RCDE Stadium in November 2021.
Espanyol vs. Real Sociedad Head to head
In the 50 previous meetings between these two teams, Espanyol have claimed 14 victories while Real Sociedad have won 23, and they have drawn in 13. Sociedad have scored 63 goals and conceded 49 in the process.
22/01/2020Real Sociedad2Espanyol0Copa del Rey
02/07/2020Real Sociedad2Espanyol1La Liga
28/11/2021Espanyol1Real Sociedad0La Liga
04/04/2022Real Sociedad1Espanyol0La Liga
18/09/2022Real Sociedad2Espanyol1La Liga
Espanyol Team News
Espanyol will be without Ronael Pierre-Gabriel, with the Frenchman suspended due to the red card that he picked up against Osasuna.
However, the squad will be boosted by the returns of Vinicius Souza and Oscar Gil, with the pair available after serving suspensions against Osasuna and should return to the starting XI here.
Espanyol's Last 5 Matches
18/01/2023Athletic Bilbao1Espanyol0Copa del Rey
21/01/2023Espanyol1Real Betis0La Liga
Real Sociedad Team News
Real Sociedad’s lengthy injury list includes Mikel Merino, Aritz Elustondo, Ander Guevara, David Silva, Alex Sola, Jon Pacheco, Martin Merquelanz, Andoni Gorosabel and Mohamed Ali-Cho.
Meanwhile, Mikel Oyarzabal is likely to feature alongside Takefusa Kubo and Alexander Sorloth in the final third of the field, with Robert Navarro expected to drop to the bench.
Real Sociedad's Last 5 Matches
17/01/2023Real Sociedad1Mallorca0Copa del Rey
21/01/2023Rayo Vallecano0Real Sociedad2La Liga
25/01/2023Barcelona1Real Sociedad0Copa del Rey
29/01/2023Real Madrid0Real Sociedad0La Liga
05/02/2023Real Sociedad0Real Valladolid1La Liga
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