Sociedad vs Sevilla by PatrickBateman
Sociedad went on holidays on 5th place, collecting 29 points. They put up a good run of eleven competitive games with only one loss. It was a hard one though - 5:1 in La Coruna. In the first game this year, played on Wednesday, they beat Villareal in the first leg of Copa Del Rey 1/8 finals. It was a game in which they dominated from the first whistle, taking early lead in 17th minute through Willian Jose, with Vela making it 2:0 in 33rd. Oyarzabal put a game beyond doubt in 72nd minute with a powerful shot following a solo action. Trigueros scored a beauty for the hosts in 77th minute, but it was no more than consolation goal. Sociedad once again proved they are one of the best, and certainly one of the most attractive teams in the league. For this game they will miss Bergara and Martinez, who are injured.
Sevilla finished 2016 in 3rd place with 33 points. The main reason for their high position is their improved away form, which saw them winning three games, with three more draws out of eight. That was three more than last season, and that visible step forward put them on the 3rd place of on-the-road league table. On Wednesday they lost against Real in Madrid 3:0 in Copa. It was the game which was heading in one direction since minute one, with Real leading since 11th minute and confirming their victory before half-time. It was expected for Sevilla to lose, but they left us with feeling they could`ve done more. They will miss only injured Fernandez for this game.
Sociedad are slight favourites for this game, mostly thanks to their great home form which saw them losing only one game - against Real at the start of season. Sevilla improved a lot on the road this season, but they still couldn`t manage to get a win against top teams, and Sociedad surely have been a top team lately. Therefore I cant`t see Sevilla winning this one. But as I can see them getting a point here, I feel reluctant to pick Sociedad to win. Sure, the hosts are closer to victory, but you never know with Sevilla. Instead, I see a better pick being for Sociedad to score more than one goal in the game. Sociedad have been scoring almost 2 goals per game at home, and Sevilla`s not-so-solid defense should ensure them the same here. I see all sorts of possible results here, but I can hardly see one which doesn`t include Sociedad scoring 2 goals. How things stand at the moment between these two teams, the odds of 1.98 for that to happen look really tempting to me.
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