Match: Espanyol – Real Sociedad Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Date: February 8, Monday, 2016
Start time: 19:30 GMT
Real Sociedad travel to Espanyol in a good mood after the victory over Betis at home with 2:1 in the last round. The match is Monday, February 8, from 19:30 GMT at “Estadio Cornella-El Prat” in Barcelona. Eusebio Sacristán’s side will try to take revenge for the defeat by 2:3 at home during the first half of the season, while the team of Constantin Gâlcă should win at least a point if it wants to stop the collapse in the overall standings and will try to repeat the good performance of victory over this opponent at home last season.
Espanyol extended their series without a win in eight matches after being humiliated Real Madrid 0:6 at “Bernabeu”. The team of Constantin Gâlcă, however, managed to stay unbeaten at home in their last six matches in “La Liga” (2 wins and 4 draws), which gives them a glimmer of hope that it will take at least a point in the confrontation.
The truth is that the hosts do not make very effective meetings this campaign, as seven of the last ten matches ended under 2.5 goals. Proponents them perform well at home, having recorded five clean sheets this season of “Estadio Cornella-El Prat.” Felipe Caisedo with 6 goals is their biggest weapon in the attack, but he is out of the squad due to injury, so Hernan Perez and Gerard Moreno will have to compensate for his absence.
As already mentioned, “Los Perkitos” will be without its top scorer Felipe Kaysedo and without Anaits Arbil, who also suffers from trauma.
Real Sociedad :
Real Sociedad unable to find their best form after with just two wins from their previous eight league games (three draws and three losses). In the last round they took all three points against Betis (2-1) with a very strong game in the first half. The triumph helped them climb to 13th place in the table and to flee away from the danger zone, at least for a while.
Basques are aware of the importance of the upcoming match – they need a positive result if you plan to keep your position. In the last six away games in the league but they registered four losses and two draws, so you have to change a lot of things in his game away from home. With players like Imanol Agireche, Carlos Vela and Jonatas team has a strong up front in their last six matches in Primera failed to score in only one of them. If the defense team made a strong game on Monday night, it is very likely team to leave with full total of points from Barcelona.
Their coach have a serious problems with injuries, having seven players sidelined for the upcoming clash. Sergio Canales, Raul Navas, Zurutuza, Granero, Carlos Martinez, Yuri and De la Bella is injured and will not be able to help his team during the visit of Espanyol.
Taking into account that most of the recent meetings between the two teams were very effective, and the fact that four of the last six games between them ended with three or more goals, expect again to see a lot of goals in the upgoming game.