Verdict: Real Sociedad win
Best Odds: 1/2
Looking to extend on their Champions League charge in midweek, Real Sociedad will welcome Almeria to the Anoeta Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Starting with the hosts, last seen putting in another stellar display as they claimed a 2-1 victory away at newly-crowned champions Barcelona, Real Sociedad are riding what has been a stellar wave of momentum. Sat firmly in pole position to claim a famous top-four buffer and opening up the midweek fixtures holding a commanding five-point buffer from dropping out of the Champions league spots, La Real will be desperate to lay down anther marker on Tuesday evening. Opening May with another rampant display as they secured a 2-0 victory at home against Real Madrid, Imanol Alguacil’s side are now unbeaten in each of their last six straight La Liga appearances – a run that stems all the way back to April 15th. Clearly finding a clinical edge in the final third since returning from March’s international break, Sociedad have also gained a reputation for their continued success at the Anoeta Stadium.
Missing out in Catalonia over the weekend after picking up a muscle injury, Sociedad are once again sweating over the fitness of ex-Manchester City star David Silva on Tuesday evening. Likewise, La Real will be without the trio of Brais Mendez, Martin Merquelanz and Umar Sadiq here.
Bagging the winner against Barcelona over the weekend and drawing a line under his five-match drought, one-time Crystal Palace misfit Alexsander Sorloth should once again spearhead Alguacil’s attack.
As for the visitors, while Almeria might have only made their La Liga return this season, La Union have continued to gain a string of plaudits from across Spain in 2023. Last seen making an immediate return to winning ways as they secured a routine 3-0 romp at home against Mallorca a few days ago, Rubi’s side will simply be hoping to find some stability over the final fortnight. However, although it might appear that the Andalusia-based outfit might be cruising their way towards top-flight safety, Almeria will know that they face a huge challenge when they travel to the Anoeta Stadium on Tuesday evening. Suffering a 2-0 loss when they welcomed Sociedad to town for their reverse La Liga meeting on January 8th, Rubi’s men have shown some extended issues on the road. Last seen on their travels getting hit with a 3-1 drumming at the hands of Osasuna, the midweek guests have picked up just one away victory all season.
Almeria will travel to the Anoeta Stadium without the trio of El Bilal Toure, Martin Svidersky and Kaiky here. However, Rubi remains hopeful that 24-year-old defender Chumi will be able to play some part in midweek.
Bagging that stunning hat-trick against Mallorca over the weekend and now notching five goals in just his last three La Liga appearances, 21-year-old Lazaro will once again have a crucial role to play on Tuesday evening.
Key Factors to Consider
- When the two sides met for their reverse La Liga meeting on January 8th, Real Sociedad picked up a 2-0 victory at the Power Horse Stadium.
- Tuesday’s hosts are unbeaten in each of their last eight straight appearances at the Anoeta Stadium – a run that stems back to February 5th.
- Likewise, Alguacil’s side have recorded over 1.5 goals in each of their previous five showdowns on home soil.
- Almeria have remarkably claimed just a single La Liga victory on their travels so far this season.
- La Union have also failed to secure a single domestic clean sheet away from the Power Horse Stadium this year.
While Almeria might have made an immediate return to winning ways over the weekend, Tuesday’s guests will know that they face a real challenge when they travel to the Anoeta Stadium here. Remarkably recording just a single La Liga victory on their travels so far this season, Real Sociedad will be looking to take another giant step towards claiming a famous Champions League ticket. Putting in another stellar display a few days ago as they clinched a 2-1 win away at newly-crowned champions Barcelona, La Real should also be excited by their most recent meeting against Tuesday’s guests. Claiming a 2-0 victory when they traveled to Andalusia on January 8th, we are expecting a similar outcome in midweek.
Verdict: Real Sociedad win
Best Odds: 1/2
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