Villarreal vs Sociedad
Villareal are currently in 5th place with 30 points. They have also the best defense in the league, having conceded only 12 goals in 17 games. After November which saw them winning only one game, they went on a winter break in good form. They put up a run of four wins and two draws, without a single loss. Convincing win against Atletico 3:0 during that period is something which has to be mentioned. However, they didn`t start new year in a good way, losing against Sociedad in first leg of Copa Del Rey 3:1. It was a game in which Sociedad was in complete control, with Villareal being unable to make a serious threat, scoring only consolation goal after moment of inspiration from Trigueros. On Sunday they managed to get a points against Barcelona at home, in an interesting game in which Barcelone were maybe the better team, but Villareal were leading until 90th minute when Messi equalized to make it 1:1. They will miss still injured Soldado and Bakambu who left for Africa Cup of Nations.
Sociedad are 6th with 29 points. They put up a good run of ten competitive games with only one loss befoore winter break. 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. However, on Saturday they got cold shower, as Sevilla thrashed them at home 4:0. Sociedad looked uninspired and unable to make any kind of threat, losing convincingly in one of their worst games this season.
This is the second leg, which means Villareal needs at least a two-goal difference win to progress. They will surely be motivated be motivated to win this game, where they have only two losses this season across all competitions. Also, with them coming after 1:1 against Barcelona, and Sociedad coming after hard loss against Sevilla, it is clear who has the mommentum. Sociedad were the better team by far in first leg, but it seems more of a combination of good day for them and bad day for Villareal, more than anything else. Also, Sociedad don`t have a good record on the road, and even though they have four wins out of their five away games, their opponents were in order - Leganes, Gijon, Valladolid and Granada. Don`t forget loss against La Coruna 5:1 during that time, and that before that run they had five straight losses when visiting. Therefore, with potent attack and solid defense, Villareal should prevail here, at least with one goal.
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