Sociedad vs Betis by Jimeno
After a really good performance at home and a victory against Las Palmas during the previous midweek, Real Sociedad disappointed last weekend when the team visited eibar and had some chances before the game, but then got outplayed and suffered 3:0 defeat without showing anything impressive on the field.
Major problem for them was that the team stood playing with a man less in 24th minute when Elustondo was given red card, but the team looked generally passive even before that moment. Home side exploited numerical advantage and was able to seal the victory in the second halftime with an own goal and a goal from Bebe, without further response of the visiting team. Sociedad now stands at eleventh position with seven points earned out of six matches. Knowing that they earn more points at home usually, no doubt that they are focused on getting all three tonight.
Hosts should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Oyarzabal and Vela on the wings and Jose as central striker. Forward Imanol Agirretxe is still remaining long term absentee without performing this season, while they also miss right back Carlos Martinez (1/0) and left back Yuri (5/1) due injuries. Suspended for tonight's game is right back Aritz Elustondo (2/0).
After a difficult local derby game and a bit undeserved defeat away to Sevilla, Betis responded well last weekend and managed to take a narrow victory at home against Malaga 1:0. Only goal was scored back in 25th minute via Joaquin, with the visiting side playing quite open minded football from that moment on, but without a chance to score the equalizer, mostly trying to use long balls.
With this victory, Betis remained undefeated in their own ground, also climbed up the to the middle of the table again with two victories, two draws and two defeats, having eight points, which is just three less than Europa League placed Sevilla. The team seems to be in a decent momentum now and have showed really good fighting spirit in previous two away matches when they won over Valencia 3:2 and lost narrowly to Sevilla, as said already.
Visitors should be lined up in 4-4-2 formation with Castro and Alegria as strikers. Alex Alegria is expected to continue in attack alongside Ruben Castro, while central defender Aissa Mandi carries a knock and is doubtful for this one, but with chances to recover on time. Forward Antonio Sanabria (2/0) should be their only absentee since he continues to be injured. Couple of more players are doubtful, but should be ready for the clash.
- Real Sociedad have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 home matches against Real Betis.
Real Sociedad did well in previous home match, but I don't see them performing well in consecutive ways. The team isn't looking that solid in the defense, since they failed to keep a clean sheet in last four LaLiga matches, while Betis somehow impressed with only one "real" defeat so far, not counting the season opener against Barcelona which was mission impossible. Guests to stay undefeated here is my call, surely with valuable odds.