Leganes v Real Sociedad – Estadio Municipal de Butarque at 11:00 Live at Sky Sports

Leganes were sitting as high as fifth in La Liga as recently as late October but a four-match losing streak sent the Cucumber Growers plummeting into mid-table. The Madrid minnows’ lack of goals was at fault but Asier Garitano’s group picked up an overdue triumph against Villarreal in early December to stem the bleeding.

Subsequent results – a 1-0 defeat at Deportivo, followed by a 0-0 draw in Levante – didn’t match the improved performance levels of Leganes but Garitano’s squad will have enjoyed the extra rest and recuperation coming their way following the postponement of their game with Real Madrid, plus the winter break.

Sunday’s hosts flew out of the traps with their well-drilled rearguard helping the capital club to seven clean sheets from their opening nine outings. Of the three goals they had shipped, two were long-range strikes, and no Spanish side had faced as few on-target efforts.

Leganes’ limited game-plan was flourishing, especially so against the league’s lesser lights. The Cucumber Growers have W5-D1-L1 when taking on teams in 12th and below but the organised hosts have come close to bloodying the nose of more illustrious outfits too.

Barcelona’s 3-0 win at Butarque was deeply unjust whilst Valencia are the only other Spanish top-flight side to see off the Madrid minnows by more than a solitary strike. Matches might be shorn of entertainment but Leganes are earning plenty of plaudits for their progress since winning promotion.

Sociedad’s topsy-turvy campaign

Real Sociedad made a brilliant star to their campaign, claiming three successive victories. But the Basques have managed only three more triumphs this term in 14 following fixtures to slide into mid-table obscurity.

Eusebio Sacristan’s men were labelled as La Liga’s great entertainers for their open, exciting encounters but more recently the goals have started to disappear, especially on the road; La Real haven’t scored more than a solitary strike in games as guests since early September.

Sociedad has silenced their opposition on only three occasions this season and their porous defence may hand Leganes more opportunities than they’ve become accustomed to thus far. With that in mind, I’m more than happy to oppose the visitors, who’ve been surprisingly chalked up as pre-match favourites.

Leganes can be backed with a +0.25 start on the Asian Handicap line at 1.77 and that sees our stake return profit should the hosts avoid defeat on home soil.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Leganes +0.25 at 1.820

By @MarkOHaire

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