Valladolid vs Real Sociedad
Valladolid turned out to be quite a passive side last time out but still managed to walk away with a point in a goalless game away to Celta Vigo last Friday night.
They left the ball possession to their opponents and only trying to threaten via counter attacks - in a low number of opportunities.
This was the third consecutive game with no single goal scored, previously losing away to Alaves and at home to Sevilla, as the side still stands outside of the relegation zone.
Before the start of the new round, they are five points clear from the red zone, but with a form that needs some sparkle today.
The home side has no fresh injury worries ahead of this one and should be able to field their best starting eleven this time.
After expected defeat away to Real Madrid right after the international break, players of Real Sociedad responded with far better performance at home in a 4:1 victory over Eibar last weekend.
They weren't actually that better than the opponent but did control the ball more and simply were far more concrete and sharper in the chances created.
Once they took the lead (again) in the second halftime, it was easier for them to play and threaten better with a bit more relaxed approach.
Sociedad is now continuing to be at the fourth position but must win here if they are to keep up the race for the European spots for too long. In any way, the team comes with a good atmosphere and surely willing to risk more than what they would usually do under worse circumstances.
Midfielder Illarramendi (3/0) is out injured still, with another midfielder Zurutuza (4/0) being doubtful for the moment coming off from the injury.
With the way Sociedad plays and is getting the results in recent weeks, it's difficult to see this game being a defensive-minded one.
Valladolid failed to get proper scores in previous matches, so they will surely look for an improvement as well. The defensive lineup isn't either of them stronger parts of the lineup, so goals are likely expected this time.
Valladolid vs Real Sociedad prediction
Over 2.5 & BTTSOdds: 2.62 at Bet365
Result: 0-0 LOST (-8 units)
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