OVerdict: Both teams to score – yes
Best Odds: 49/50
Things couldn’t be tighter in La Liga after the first 11 weeks of action, as there are just three points of separation between the first-placed team, FC Barcelona, and the sixth-placed team, Real Sociedad. With that in mind, this context between Granada FC and Real Sociedad could represent a huge match in the title race. Depending on other results, either of these two sides could move to the top of the standings if other results go their way. Kick-off for this match has been slated at 20:00 GMT.
Granada have been the most surprising team in LaLiga this season. They were expected to be one of the teams fighting to avoid relegation, but instead they have looked absolutely dominant on both ends of the pitch. Following the first 11 matches of Spain’s top-tier, Granada sit in third place of the standings with 20 points. Considering only Barca (23) and Real Madrid (21) sit ahead of themselves, the Andalucia-based side could eventually move to the top of the standings if both Liga giants lose this week. Right now, one of Granada’s main strengths has been their attacking line. Only three sides have scored more than Granada’s 18. Plus, they enter this game on a good run of form since they are W3, L2 in their last five league matches.
Angel Montoro (thigh) and Roberto Soldado (suspension) have been ruled out of this game. Fede Vico (foot) and Neyder Lozano (shin) have been listed as questionable.
On the other hand, Real Sociedad are coming off a 1-2 home defeat against Levante the last time out. That result ended a two-game winning run for them, but their recent league form has not been very convincing. They have gone W2. L3 over their last five league meetings. The parity of LaLiga, however, has allowed them to remain near the top of the standings. Sociedad are in sixth place of the standings with 19 points, and they are just three points away from league-leaders Barcelona, who lost this Saturday against Levante (1-3). Unlike Granada, who have looked solid offensively, Real Sociedad’s main strength has been their defensive work. The Anoeta side has conceded just 12 goals. Only three sides among the Top 10 of the standings have conceded fewer goals than them.
Asier Illarramendi has been listed as out due to an ankle injury. But he might not be Sociedad’s lone absentee ahead of this match. Martin Odegaard (ankle), Ruben Pardo (illness), David Zurutuza (injury), Aihen Munoz (ankle) and Aritz Elustondo (groin) are all listed as doubtful. Odegaard’s absence could be huge for the Basque side.
Key Factors to Consider
- Four of the last five matches between these two sides have ended with over 2.5 goals scored.
- Real Sociedad have been the league’s best away side this season. They own a W3, D1, L2 mark on the road.
- Granada have been excellent at home this season. They have a W4, L1 mark, and their last four games have ended in wins.
- During those four wins, Granada have scored just once in three of those four outings. That run includes a 2-0 win over FC Barcelona.
Only one of the last five H2H meetings have ended with both teams scoring. However, that happened in the previous match between both sides. That trend should continue here. With one team solid offensively and the other one solid on defence, we could see both clubs finding the back of the net here.
Verdict: Both teams to score – yes
Best Odds: 49/50
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