Sociedad vs Granada by Jimeno
Real Sociedad surely comes from the best performance in this season, as the team won 5:0 on the road against solid at home Espanyol last Monday night. It was simply a game where the visitors did whatever they wanted and looked deadly effective with little of ball possession. They opened up the match in the best possible way, with two goals inside first eight minutes, via Vela and Jonathas, while they crushed the home side with three more goals in the repetition.
Their hosts actually had much more of the ball possession, but looked very unfluid and ineffective, as the guests cruised to a five start victory via goals from Oyarzabal, Reyes and one more from Jonathas in the second half. This was their second consecutive victory, as the players of Sociedad previously won over Betis and are now in the middle of the table with six points more than relegating placed Levante. They surely want to use their good momentum now and detach themselves from the relegation positions even further. Hosts should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Vela, Oyarzabal and Jonathas as their strikers. They will miss four players all injured, central defender Raul Navas (no performance this season anyway), right full back Carlos Martinez (8/0), midfielders Sergio Canales (16/0) and forward Imanol Agirretxe (15/12). Inigo Martinez should start in the defense despite suffering from ilness during the week. Asier Illarrmendi and Carlos Vela have both passed as fit.
Granada, on the other side, is coming from a really tough mini-schedule, since the team had to visit Villarreal and hosted Real Madrid in previous two weeks. Two narrow defeats could be even considered as a relatively positive results, since the team really has no potential for something more.
They didn't look that bad against Real Madrid, as the visitors simply did what was enough to get a three pointer. Benzema opened up the scoreline in 30th minute, while El Arabi leveled up the result in 60th minute. From that moment on, visitors from Madrid were pushing for a winning goal and finally managed to score it, in 85th minute via Modric. Visitors will probably try to play in a bit conservative 4-2-3-1 formation with Barral as their number nine. Right full back Migul Lopes (15/0) will be missing this one due suspension. Defender Salva Ruiz (2/0) is doubtful. January signing Ricardo Costa is expected to play next to David Lomban in the heart of their defense.
Sociedad has only one defeat in last five matches in La Ligue and I expected them to continue with positive performances. They are coming from a storming 5:0 win over Espanyol and now should prove their quality in front of their own fans. Granada shouldn't be able to stay competitive in this one for far too long.