Real Sociedad v Villarreal Preview

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Southampton v Chelsea PreviewSpanish Copa del Rey 1st Leg action on Thursday Night comes from the Anoeta Stadium and features Real Sociedad versus Villarreal.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 19:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Real Sociedad v Villarreal Preview, Copa del Rey, Thursday 9th January 2014

Real Sociedad head into this game on Thursday night having been in excellent form of late and with the club currently on a four game winning streak, the players and fans will be confident of obtaining the right result in this important 1st leg affair.

Villarreal head into the game having only managed to win one of their last five games, this coming in the last round of this competition when beating Elche 1-0 away from home in the 2nd leg, but with their league form having also taken a dip in form of late Marcelino’s side will have to be at their very best to avoid defeat in this game.

Real Sociedad Team News:

Esteban Granero is the only player unavailable for the hosts as he continues to receive treatment for cruciate ligament damage. 4-2-3-1 will be the likely formation that manager Jagoba Arrasate will use for this game, which will see Agirretxe leading the attack up front with support in behind being provided by Vela, Prieto and Griezmann.

Striker Antoine Griezmann is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with 12.

Villarreal Team News:

No reported injuries or suspensions for the visitors so expect manager Marcelino to play his strongest lineup available here in what looks likely to be a 4-2-3-1 formation with Perbet leading the attack up front with support from midfield being provided by Uche, Gomez and Perez.

Striker Ikechukwu Uche is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with 9.

Real Sociedad v Villarreal Head to Head Statistics:

Thursday night’s game from the Anoeta Stadium will become the 21st meeting between the two clubs over the years of which Real Sociedad have won 5 (2 at the Anoeta Stadium) with Villarreal having won 7 (4 at the Anoeta Stadium) and the remaining 8 matches having finished all square (4 at the Anoeta Stadium).

The last 5 meetings between the two clubs in our head to head statistics table below, shows the Draw having been the most common result having happened three times, with the other two games having seen each club win a game each.

22/04/12 PRD Real Sociedad – Villarreal
1 : 1
11/12/11 PRD Villarreal – Real Sociedad 1 : 1
23/01/11 PRD Villarreal – Real Sociedad 2 : 1
29/08/10 PRD Real Sociedad – Villarreal 1 : 0
18/03/07 PRD Villarreal – Real Sociedad 1 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

46 Goals have been scored in the previous 20 matches between the two clubs which provides us with an overall goals per game statistic of 2.30 and with 27 goals having been scored at the Anoeta Stadium in 10 matches played we are provided with an average goals per game statistic of 2.70 which seems to indicate that this game on Thursday night should see at least a couple of goals scored.

Real Sociedad v Villarreal Recent Form (Left to Right)

Real Sociedad: W W W W L

Villarreal: W L W L D

Real Sociedad have the commanding advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win 4 of their previous 5 matches played. Villarreal have only managed to secure 2 victories from their previous 5 games played.

Real Sociedad v Villarreal Match Betting Odds Market

Real Sociedad have been playing well recently and will be looking for their 5th straight victory on the bounce in this game and with home advantage the online bookmakers fancy the hosts to win this game having them priced up as the favourites with a best odds of 23/20 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) currently available.

The Draw should definitely be on your short list of predicted results for this game as three of the last five games played between the two clubs have all finished 1-1 and at a current best price of 12/5 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) this does look value here.

Villarreal will have had their confidence restored having won their last game 2-5 away to Rayo Vallecano and can be backed to win this game at a current best price of 2/1 with Betfred (£50 Free Bets for New Customers).

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Real Sociedad v Villarreal Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

A difficult game to really be confident of predicting a clear winner from as with Real Sociedad having home advantage and heading into this game having won their previous four matches on the bounce, there is obviously a strong case to be made for the hosts winning this game.

However, Villarreal do have a decent record against Real Sociedad, especially with matches played at the Anoeta Stadium and with the visitors coming off the back of an impressive 2-5 victory against Rayo Vallecano away from home last time out, they will obviously fancy their chances as well.

The average goals per game statistics expect this match on Thursday night to see at least a couple of goals scored and with three of the last five meetings between these two clubs having all finished 1-1, this correct score looks well worth being on as your main saver bet in a game that really could go either way on the night.

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