Espanyol v Real Sociedad Preview

November 29, 2013 | By

skybet_promo_newPrimera La Liga action Saturday Evening comes from the Estadi Cornella-el Prat and features Espanyol verses Real Sociedad.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 21:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Espanyol v Real Sociedad Preview, Primera La Liga, Saturday 30th November 2013

It seems a distant memory to Espanyol after their incredible win over Atletico Madrid at home in the middle of October and fans were hoping those important 3 points against such a side could spur them on and increase their league position. But the performance proved to be a one off as they then slumped to 3 defeats and a draw in recent weeks. But then once again an incredible win comes a long and potentially gives false hopes after beating Rayo Vallecano away from home in a 4 – 1 romp. Espanyol could possibly grab a 2nd win on the trot this week which is an achievement that haven’t seen since back in September when beating Granada and Athletic Club before they once again went on a losing streak.

You could feel Real Sociedad could potentially come into this match with very low confidence after being hammered by Shakhtar 4 – 0 in the Champions League, and after such terrible results in that competition you would have to ask ‘are they playing two different teams’. Because in the La Liga Real Sociedad are playing exceptionally well recently and have moved up the table after a terrible start to their campaign. Although its potentially a little too late when looking at the La Liga table seeing the big main three of Barcelona and the two Madrid clubs running away with it being 20 points clear of Real Sociedad who are in a respectable 6th position in the league.

Espanyol v Real Sociedad Team News

Espanyol Team News:

Goals are far and few in between for Espanyol who mainly rely on Sergio Garcia to hit the net. The Spanish 30 year old striker has done well this season grabbing 6 goals in 14 appearances and is usually the first name on the team sheet. With only 5 goals between Bifouma and Stuani the rest of the goals have had to come from midfielders Sanchez with 3 and then 1 a piece between Lanzarote and Lopez.

Real Sociedad Team News:

You could put the bad start to their campaign down to constantly being ravaged by injuries all during this campaign with more recently missing Carlos Martinez to a hip injury and also Elustondo out due to a thigh muscle strain with 3 other injuries before that who should of now recovered and once again be available for selection.

Espanyol v Real Sociedad Head to Head Statistics

Although in the last few years the results have more often gone Espanyol’s favor we would have to look at the history where we can find 32 games played and Real Sociedad winning 12 to Espanyol’s 9, which would give the away team an advantage. Regardless of those facts you would have to feel with Real Sociedad’s form as of late they could very well come here and grab the result.

31/03/13 PRD Espanyol – Real Sociedad 2 : 2
04/11/12 PRD Real Sociedad – Espanyol
0 : 1
07/04/12 PRD Espanyol – Real Sociedad 2 : 2
20/11/11 PRD Real Sociedad – Espanyol
0 : 0
26/02/11 PRD Espanyol – Real Sociedad 4 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

In those 32 matches played we have seen 29 goals scored by Espanyol and 33 goals scored by Real Sociedad which totals 62. Which with 62 goals scored in 32 matches it gives us a rather low average of 1.9 goals per game so I wouldn’t expect too many balls flying in on Saturday.

Espanyol v Real Sociedad Recent Form (Left to Right)

Espanyol: W L L D L

Real Sociedad: L W L D W

Real Sociedad are the team in better form in the La Liga, yet their performances in the Champions League are a little less to be admired with only 1 point from the 5 games played so far. But in the league in recent weeks they have seen themselves move up the table with some solid performances.

Espanyol v Real Sociedad Match Betting Odds Market.

Espanyol with being at home are considered favourites for this match with the best odds coming in @ 13/10 with Betfred – £50 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

The Draw is well worth the money here being as a third of the results between these two sides ending in such. With the best odds found here @ 12/5 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers)

Real Sociedad are only slightly off bookmakers favourites here and a win from them could well be on the cards as the odds sit @ 5/2 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

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

Taking both the history and head to head statistics into account you can’t help but wonder if this game is going to end in a draw come Saturday, a result often seen between these two sides seeing as 11 of the 32 games played has ended in such. In regards to winning the game Real Sociedad have only won  4 times away from home where as they have come away with 8 draws. So It could be well worth your money going for the draw on Saturday.

The other prediction as well as the draw I am going for is for both teams to NOT score in Saturdays game, although the goals per game average is a low 1.9 I just feel both teams will fail to score on Saturday. As for predicting the correct score, if it was a bet I was willing to place then a 1 – 1 draw could be something I fancy. Yet if you look at the head to head history the games are so sporadic when it comes down to goals you just couldn’t guess.

As you can see this match has me certainly baffled and the predictions are conflicting, but with my predictions above and below you will at least give yourself some backup for Saturdays game.

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