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- Real Sociedad have won four of their last seven matches against Espanyol.
- Real Sociedad have won eight of their 16 home games.
- Espanyol have lost nine of their 16 away games.
- Both teams have scored in 62% of Real Sociedad’s home games.
Both sides have struggled for results since returning to action in June
Real Sociedad lost 2-1 away at Getafe and are without a win in June which has seen them slip down to 7th in the La Liga table. Espanyol went down 1-0 in their own backyard against Real Madrid in their last match, meaning that Thursday’s gusts remain bottom of the table 10pts adrift of safety.
When these two sides last locked horns in January’s Copa del Rey tie, Real Sociedad progressed through to the next round thanks to goals from Barrenetxea and Isak. Neither side can claim the title of form favourites heading into Thursday’s clash as both teams have suffered four defeats and picked up one draw and one win from their last six league games.
The hosts have a strong home record and the visitors have been poor on the road
Our prediction for a Real Sociedad win on Thursday night carries plenty of weight when you look at the recent head to head record between the two clubs and their performances at home and on the road so far this season. The hosts have won four of their last seven games against Espanyol, including the pairs reverse league fixture back in September, and sit 23pts clear of the visitors in the La Liga table.
Real Sociedad have won eight of their 16 home games this season while Espanyol have lost nine of their 16 away trips, which only adds further weight to our prediction for a home win this Thursday. In terms of a final scoreline, we’re predicting a 2-1 win for Real Sociedad who have scored two or more goals in four of their last seven encounters with Espanyol.
We’re expecting a tight and tense 90-minutes at the Reale Arena
Both teams have scored in 62% of Sociedad’s home matches and 69% of the hosts’ home games have produced over 2.5 goals. The hosts score an average of 1.81 goals per home game and concede an average of 1.00 goals while Espanyol score an average of 0.69 goals per away game and concede an average of 1.44 goals, which ties in nicely with our final scoreline prediction for Thursday’s clash.
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