Real Sociedad v Valencia – Anoeta at 12:00 live at Eleven Sports
Real Sociedad secured their second La Liga success of the season last Friday night but the Basques had to work hard for it against Huesca. Asier Garitano’s group scored the only goal of the game through summer signing Mikel Merino and had their backs to the wall late on following red cards to Theo Hernandez and Juanmi.
Both players, therefore, missed out on Tuesday’s enjoyable 2-2 tussle at home to newly-promoted Rayo Vallecano at Anoeta, and La Real missed their influence. With Diego Llorente and Adnan Januzaj also absent through injury, Saturday afternoon’s hosts will need to be inventive in their tactical system.
The hosts will be relatively frustrated with their eight-point return (W2-D2-L2), knowing it could easily have been more.
Four of Sociedad’s six fixtures have come away from home thus far, and the Basques were the better side when losing at Eibar. What’s more, Garitano’s men put champions Barcelona under serious pressure in their first encounter at their newly renovated Anoeta home.
La Real have posted four top-half finishes in the past six campaigns –Europa League commitments hampered last season’s progress – and during that time, the hosts form in San Sebastian has remained strong. The Basques boast a W10-D4-L7 record at Anoeta since the start of last campaign.
Goals have been a regular feature of those 21 outings with a remarkable 19 (90%) rewarding Over 2.5 Goals backers and 12 (57%) surpassing the Over 3.5 Goals line. Indeed Sociedad have seen their past 13 matches at Anoeta produce at least three goals as they’ve fired a solitary blank since the beginning of 2017/18.
With star striker Willian Jose fit and firing once more, they’ll be hoping of at least unsettling an astute Valencia outfit on Saturday. Considering the goal trends above, I’m willing to wager we’ll see anther Over 2.5 Goals game with odds of 1.94 available on a high-scoring encounter too good to turn down.
The visitors are winless after six rounds of matches (W0-D5-L1) – a late Iago Aspas strike robbed Los Che of the chance to snatch three points at Mestalla last time out – but Marcelinho’s squad is returning to almost full strength with Dani Parejo back from a ban and Geoffrey Kondogbia fit enough to return.
Valencia won this contest 3-2 last term and have scored at least twice in their past four meetings with Sociedad. Despite a recent downwards trends in the total goals markets, there’s enough offensive potential in the guests to strike twice this weekend, while La Real should never be opposed in the attacking stakes in their Basque base.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 0.950
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.