Real Sociedad vs Espanyol Sportpesa Prediction & Betting Tips
Real Sociedad vs Espanyol Sportpesa Prediction
Spanish La Liga
Date: Monday, 14 January 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Anoeta (Donostia-San Sebastian).
Real Sociedad ended the three-loss streak nowhere else but at Santiago Bernabeu where they dispatched Champions League holders Real Madrid 0-2. Willian Jose and Ruben Pardo were on target against ten-man Real Madrid to help the Basques climb up to 11th place in the league standings.
Can Txuri-Urdinak back up such showing on Monday evening when they are to drop the curtain on the Matchday No 19 with the home clash against Espanyol?
The visitors have seen plenty of ups and downs throughout the season. They were on a three-loss thread in December thanks to a well congested schedule which saw them play the likes of Barcelona, Real Betis and Atletico Madrid. Nonetheless, the Budgerigars still managed to find the way out of the crisis with a 1-0 victory over Leganes.
Real Sociedad vs Espanyol sportpesa games analysis: Head-to-head
|Imanol Alguacil’s Real Sociedad look to build on the momentum after beating Real Madrid 2-0 away when they face an Espanyol side aiming to halt a six-match winless run away from home in all competitions, including four defeats.|
|Sociedad (22 pts, W6, D4, L8) were left hovering above the La Liga (LL) drop-zone before their shock victory at the Bernabéu brought an end to their four-game losing streak in the league.|
|What’s striking about Sociedad’s season so far is the sharp contrast between their away record (16 pts, W5, D1, L4) and their miserable home form. Surprisingly, Sociedad have mustered the fewest points (six, W1, D3, L4) and goals (six) at home in the division – drawing a blank in half of their games at the Anoeta.|
|As for Espanyol themselves, they ended a six-match losing streak – the joint-longest in their league history – with a 1-0 victory against Leganés on January 4, which means they sit eighth (24 pts, W7, D3, L8) ahead of matchday 19.|
|Rubi’s side have only kept one clean sheet in their 11 competitive away fixtures (W1, D4, L6) this campaign, conceding more than one goal in six of those matches.|
|That said, Espanyol can take solace from the fact they are unbeaten in their last three visits to the Anoeta (W1, D2).|
|Players to watch: Mikel Oyarzabal has had a hand in more LL goals (six) than any other Sociedad player, while Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias averages a goal or assist every 135 minutes.|
|Stat attack: None of the past 13 top-flight encounters between the pair have ended scoreless, with eight games featuring over 2.5 goals.|
|Sociedad are yet to score more than two goals in a home match this campaign (avg. 0.88).|
|Espanyol have only been behind at half-time on three occasions in LL this season, but have ultimately lost eight times.|
Sociedad lead the head to head tie by five wins coming into their 43rd meeting with Espanyol.
Both teams scored in all of past four head to head affairs.
Teams have a win, a draw and a loss apiece in past three H2H encounters.
Real Sociedad vs Espanyol Sportpesa football Prediction
Sociedad’s matches were general short on goalmouth action. This can particularly be said for their home outings. The Basques only scored six goals for the record of one win, three draws and four defeats in eight league matches at Anoeta this term.
Just one of past six matches Sociedad played in all competitions saw three or more goals scored. Since Espanyol also bagged no more than eight goals in nine away fixtures this term, the Under 2.5 goals FT looks to be the best of betting options here.
Braver tipsters can go for the draw which is the most likable of three outcomes based on teams’ form. The odds for such scenario are set at 3.30.
Real Sociedad vs Espanyol Sportpesa Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT
Draw @ 3.30