Prediction and odds for the game: Villarreal (13/10) v Real Sociedad (21/10)
We are backing the home win
When: Monday, 13th July 2020, Kick-off 18:30
Where: Estadio de la Ceramica
On Sunday evening, Villarreal will look to keep their hopes of Champions League football alive, as the Yellow Submarine welcomes Real Sociedad to the Estadio de la Ceramica.
The home side are currently just six points behind fourth-placed Sevilla, who host Real Mallorca later today. Although Javi Calleja’s team’s hopes of clinching a top-four finish look slim, they do still mathematically have a chance of booking their place in Europe’s elite competition for next season. The Yellow Submarine have a superior head-to-head record if the Andalusians slip up in the last three games of the league campaign.
Villarreal have hit form of late, winning six of their previous eight matches in the Spanish top-flight. The run may just be a case of too little too late for the visitor’s top-four hopes.
Calleja’s team have been inconsistent of late on home soil in the Spanish top-flight, as they have won just two of their previous five games at the Ceramica. Villarreal have only failed to score once in their previous 11 home matches in the Spanish top-flight.
The home side has a decent recent record against Real Sociedad, winning three of the last four meetings between the two teams.
The team from San Sebastian looked for a long time to be a genuine contender for Champions League football next season. They have been an exciting team to watch this season, but La Real’s recent form has been poor.
A 3-2 defeat against Granada last time out means that the visitors have won just once their previous eight matches. Imanol Alguacil’s team has also lost four of their previous six matches in the Spanish top-flight. The fact that La Real have failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous ten league outings.
The visitors have been poor on their travels of late in La Liga, recording just one win in their last seven away games in the Spanish top-flight. They have suffered five defeats in their previous seven matches on the road in La Liga. La Real have struggled defensively of late away from home, conceding at least two goals in five of their last eight league games on their travels in the Spanish top-flight.
These two teams head into this clash in contrasting form. Villarreal look to be finishing the campaign with a flourish, while the visitors have hit a sticky patch at a poor time. We can see the home team recording a comfortable victory. Judging by each teams’ recent respective games, this could be a high-scoring clash too, so we are backing over 2.5 goals scored too.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 13/10 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 10/11. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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