Villarreal vs Sociedad by DamirJ
In the last game before tonight's one, Villarreal started very strongly getting a double lead already after seventeen minutes, scoring with goals from Vietto in 12th and Uche in 17th minute. However, they relaxed too much since that moment and quickly accepted equalizer conceding goals in 26th and 35th minute.
In the second half, the team improved significantly, but stood with a 2:2 draw away to Elche. This result broke a streak of five consecutive victories for Villarreal, however the team continues to stand alone at the sixth position in Primera and now want to give continuity to their positive results in Spanish Cup competition as well. After a game where they shown worrying lack of personality, the team wants to bounce back with a victory here and get an upper hand to quality for the quarterfinals. However, in this effort, the technician of Villarreal announced that he will make a few changes in the starting lineup, giving some playing time to guys who didn't play till now that much games. Among those expected to start is right back Antonio Rukavina, central defender Dorado and defensive midfielder Tomas Pina.
Sociedad was fortunate enough in the previous game in Spanish Primera, to defeat Barcelona at home with a narrow 1:0 result. They scored the only goal just prior the second minute of the match, with an own goal, while the players stood perfectly in the defense for the most of the game and despite Barcelona having few good chances to score, hosts took all three points.
With this result, Sociedad made a break of streak of three matches without a victory (they had two draws and a defeat) and now have not only make a big morale boost, but have also taken a deep breath as the team currently stands four points above the relegation zone - however, this is not their only goal and further improvement is needed and expected for them. This is surely a very strong injection to their morale, as they now look to make a revenge to Villarreal, team that defeated them 4:0 just a month ago. Important players, defensive midfielders Marcelo Bergara and Esteban Granero will surely play, as they are suspended for next Primera game. Carlos Vela should come off from the bench, to get some playing time as well as central midfielders Ruben Pardo and Pablo Hervias.
Villarreal will look for a victory here and will surely try to attack, but with some substitute players this time. Sociedad is also going with couple of substitutions too, but also have quality in attack to make a very open game where both teams scoring shouldn't be a surprise at all, while we are having more than valuable odds.