Real Sociedad vs Sevilla Match Analysis & Prediction
04/06/2023 7:30 pm
Having both sealed their places in the 2023-24 Champions League through difference routes, Real Sociedad and Sevilla meet in Sunday’s La Liga finale at Reale Arena.
The hosts confirmed a top-four finish last weekend despite losing 2-1 to Atletico Madrid, while Sevilla’s spate of Europa League successes continued with victory over Roma in the showpiece match.
Real Sociedad may have fallen short at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano fortress last weekend, but Imanol Alguacil’s men were still jumping for joy at the final whistle, as results elsewhere assured them of a spot at the Champions League.
A sublime individual performance from Antoine Griezmann put Sociedad to the sword, as he picked out the bottom corner before setting up Nahuel Molina to finish off a well-worked team move, and a late Alexander Sorloth goal could not spark a late turnaround in the Spanish capital.
However, news soon filtered through that Villarreal had been beaten by Rayo Vallecano, and the party began for Sociedad on Atletico’s turf as Alguacil’s side celebrated their merited return to the Champions League, where they have been absent since the 2013-14 season.
Sociedad have collected 16 points from the last 18 available in front of their own fans and have lost just once at Reale Arena in 2023 so far, but as is the case with their visitors, comlacency may creep in for Alguacil’s side with their European quest now completed.
Roma were on course to inflict a rare Europa League defeat on Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side when Paulo Dybala drew first blood, but a Gianluca Mancini own goal forced extra time and the dreaded penalty shootout, where Mancini and Roger Ibanez were both thwarted by Bono before another Sevilla star replicated his heroics from Qatar.
Nearly six months on from scoring the game-winning spot kick in the World Cup final, Gonzalo Montiel initially failed to make lightning strike twice, but referee Anthony Taylor awarded a retake after Rui Patricio stepped off his line, and the Argentine made no mistake at his second bite of the cherry to propel Sevilla to a record-extending seventh Europa League crown.
A three-game winless run in La Liga building up to the Europa League final has left Sevilla languishing in 11th place, and Sociedad beat Mendilibar’s side 2-1 earlier in the season, but no scoreline should spoil the Champions League party for either set of supporters on Sunday.
Real Sociedad vs. Sevilla Head to head
In the 47 previous meetings between these two teams, Real Sociedad have claimed 15 victories while Sevilla have won 19, and they have drawn in 13. Sevilla have scored 62 goals and conceded 53 in the process.
09/01/2021Sevilla3Real Sociedad2La Liga
18/04/2021Real Sociedad1Sevilla2La Liga
19/09/2021Real Sociedad0Sevilla0La Liga
20/03/2022Sevilla0Real Sociedad0La Liga
09/11/2022Sevilla1Real Sociedad2La Liga
Real Sociedad Team News
ACL victim Umar Sadiq is slowly building up his fitness in training, while David Silva (calf) and Martin Merquelanz (knee) are guaranteed to miss out for Sociedad.
Ander Barrenetxea, Brais Mendez, Mohamed-Ali Cho and jon Pacheco all vie for rare starts on the final day.
Real Sociedad's Last 5 Matches
02/05/2023Real Sociedad2Real Madrid0La Liga
13/05/2023Real Sociedad2Girona2La Liga
20/05/2023Barcelona1Real Sociedad2La Liga
23/05/2023Real Sociedad1Almeria0La Liga
28/05/2023Atletico Madrid2Real Sociedad1La Liga
Sevilla Team News
The ill-disciplined Marcos Acuna was forced to miss the Europa League final through suspension and will remain on the naughty step here, having been sent off against Real Madrid on May 27.
Montiel, Joan Jordan, Suso, Erik Lamela, Papu Gomez, Tanguy Nianzou and Marcao all vie for recalls, while Marko Dmitrovic may also feel hopeful of wrestling the gloves off the grasp of Bono.
Sevilla's Last 5 Matches
21/05/2023Sevilla0Real Betis0La Liga
27/05/2023Sevilla1Real Sociedad2La Liga
Real Sociedad vs. Sevilla: Odds and Predictions
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