La Liga this season has been unusual compared to the previous years. The era of two or three horse race among Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid might be coming to an end. There are potentially two teams which are ready to be meddling their domination in the top four or UEFA Champions League zone. One of such surprising teams is Real Sociedad. They are currently on the fifth of the standings. To keep their chance for Champions League zone alive, they need to pick up three points in each match, if possible, including when visiting Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to challenge the host, Sevilla, which also have the same mission to stay in the top four.
The Andalusian team, Sevilla, have got disappointing results in a row for the past two weeks. Their consecutive defeats cost their position on the top. In matchday 6, they were shockingly beaten by Eibar despite leading two goals in the first half as Lucas Ocampos and Oliver Torres tucked in. They were eventually conceded by set pieces. Previously, Jesus Navas and Co slumped to a loss against Real Madrid. Those results should make Julen Lopetegui aware that he needs to improve their form to save their La Liga campaign plus his own position as the club has spent 158, 75 million Euro for their summer signings to support his team.
Real Sociedad news:
Real Sociedad have been incredibly amazing so far this season. They have been able to gain positive results with four wins and one draw in six matches. Imanol Alguacil has managed to optimise the potentials of their new signings such as Martin Odegaard, Nacho Monreal and Portu combined with the local talents like Mikel Oyarzabal and Igor Zubeldia. Last week, they trashed Alaves 3-0 by William Jose’s strike and Mikel Oyarzabal’s brace.
Missing players and probable lineups:
The former Spain and Real Madrid’s boss, Lopetegui often opts to 4-3-3 formation relying on Lucas Ocampos, Munir El-Haddadi and Oliver Torres or Javier Hernandez to break the opponent’s wall. For a more aggressive approach, he could employ 4-4-2 with double strikers to encourage more goals. Luckily, no important player has to be sidelined due to the injury.
Sevilla: Tomas Vaclik; Diego Carlos, Sergio Reguilon, Jesus Navas, Daniel Carrico; Ever Banega, Fernando, Lucas Ocampos; Oliver Torres, Munir El-Haddadi, Javier Hernandez
Imanol Alguacil is always in favour of 4-3-3 as well so far counting on the visionary Martin Odengaard, the swift winger Mikel Oyarzabal and the goal getter William Jose to score. Unfortunately, a few players have to be ruled out such as the captain Asier Illamaramendi and Joseba Zaldua due to ankle and calf injury.
Real Sociedad: Miguel Moya; Diego Llorente, Nacho Monreal, Aritz Elustondo, A Gorosabel; Mikel Merino, Igor Zubeldia, Martin Odengaard; Portu, Mikel Oyarzabal, William Jose.
Sevilla has a better record in their head-to-head encounter. They have won three times in their last six meetings. Meanwhile, Real Sociedad have sealed three points in their last three games, at home and away match.
Playing at home should be an advantage but it would not be easy for Jesus Navas and Co to seal three points. Considering Sociedad’s form lately, a draw would be a fair result for both.
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