Prediction and odds for the game: Real Sociedad (11/5) vs Manchester United (5/4)
We are backing the draw at odds of 12/5
When: Thursday 03rd November 2022, Kick-off 17:45
Where: The Reale Arena
On Thursday night, Real Sociedad hosts Manchester United at the Reale Arena in gameweek six of Group E of the Europa League.
The side from San Sebastian has hit a poor run of form of late, as they have suffered two losses in their last three outings after a weekend 2-0 home defeat by Real Betis. One of the main factors in Real Sociedad’s poor recent run has been a lack of goals, as they have failed to score in both of their recent defeats.
Despite their recent general form, Real Sociedad has thrived in the Europa League, winning all five of their games in Group E of the competition. The visitors have an impressive defensive record of late in the competition, having conceded just one goal in the Europa League.
Real Sociedad are top of the group and only needs a draw to seal top spot in the group too, which would likely see them avoid some of the big hitters in the last 32.
Imanol Alguacil’s team also has a decent recent home record in the Europa League, winning three of their previous four home matches in the competition while scoring at least two in all the matches.
The Red Devils head to San Sebastian unbeaten in their previous eight games in all competitions after a 1-0 home defeat of West Ham at the weekend. Erik ten Hag’s team may have some seriously talented attacking players, but it is at the back where United have shone in recent games, conceding just once in their previous six matches.
United have a decent recent record in the Europa League. Since losing the reverse fixture in gameweek one, the Red Devils have recorded four straight victories in the Europa League. To finish top of the group, they would have to win this game by two goals.
The visitors have been strong travellers in the Europa League of late, as they have won five of their last seven matches away from home in the competition.
Manchester United probably meet La Real at a good time. However, Real Sociedad are not an easy opponent, and we are backing this game to finish all square. The other bet we are backing is under 2.5 goals, simply because both teams have looked solid in defence of late in the Europa League.
Our Tips: We are backing the draw at odds of 12/5 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 10/11. (All odds are taken from Bet365)[geosnippet id=3620]
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