Primera Division | Real Sociedad-Celta Vigo

Referee: Carlos del Cerro

Kick Off: 17:30 Hrs

Venue: Estadio Anoeta

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Sun 22nd Jan 2017

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Real Sociedad vs Celta Vigo Match Prediction

By William Hall

Real Sociedad vs Celta de Vigo Match Preview

Real Sociedad returned to winning ways after a 2-0 win over Malaga. Two second-half goals from Inigo Martinez and Juanmi were sufficient to claim a win, which extended the club's incredible away record in the last few weeks. Celta de Vigo have had an excellent start to 2017 after winning their last two league games. A narrow 1-0 win over Deportivo Alaves helped the team climb into the eighth place of the La Liga. The win, though, was courtesy of a late goal from Nemanja Radoja. An even better result in the midweek was a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey.

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Real Sociedad Preview

Real Sociedad's progress in the Copa del Rey has resulted in the team being involved in four matches in the New Year. In terms of league form, the club are reasonably good despite suffering heavy defeats against Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla in the last five matches. The win over Malaga kept the club within two points off Atletico Madrid in the fourth place, and they have been able to achieve such lofty positions largely because of their away form. Real Sociedad have the fourth best away record in the La Liga this season with 15 points from nine matches.

Real Sociedad to win 1/1

Celta De Vigo Preview

Celta de Vigo have been able to sustain a top 10 position largely because of their incredible home form. Only Sevilla and Real Madrid have been able to get more points at home than Celta de Vigo, who have secured an incredible seven wins from their 10 matches at Balaidos. Yet, the club finds itself outside a Europa League qualification place and it may be due to their poor away form. The solitary away success in eight matches came against Espanyol in a 2-0 win back in September. There is a high reliance upon former Liverpool forward Iago Aspas, who has 11 league goals in 17 appearances.

Real Sociedad Team News

Mikel Gonzalez (thigh) and Carlos Martinez (cruciate ligament) are the certainties to miss out due to injury, while Carlos Vela and Joseba Zaldua are the players rated as doubtful.

Celta De Vigo Team News

Celta De Vigo do not have any players on the treatment table.

Betting Tips and Predictions

As the team with the worst defensive record amongst any in the top 11 places, Celta de Vigo can be expected to ship plenty of goals against any team. They are up against a Real Sociedad team who have failed to score only once in the last eight home matches. Celta de Vigo have a poor record at Anoeta with only one win, a surprise 3-2 win in 2015, since 2000. I can only see Real Sociedad’s good home form and Celta’s poor away form resulting in a win for Eusebio’s men.

Only one of the last four meetings between the two teams at this ground have a witnessed less than 2.5 goals. A remarkable 14 goals conceded by Celta de Vigo in the last five away matches makes me back the bet of goals over 2.5 in this game.

Real Sociedad to win – 1/1

Total goals over 2.5 – 17/20

Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Geronimo Rulli 189 80
20 LB Joseba Zaldua 176 71
22 CD Raul Navas 183 80
6 CD Inigo Martinez 181 77
19 RB Yuri Berchiche 181 77
16 CM Sergio Canales 176 65
8 CM Esteban Granero 180 77
17 CM David Zurutuza 184 78
7 RF Juanmi 169 63
11 LF Carlos Vela 175 73
12 CF Willian Jose 186 87
No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Sergio Alvarez 179 75
24 LB Facundo Sebastian Roncaglia 179 76
20 CD Sergi Gomez 185 76
3 CD Andreu Fontas 181 72
21 RB Carles Planas 173 76
8 CM Pablo Hernandez 185 81
28 CM Pape Cheikh 180 68
23 CM Josep Sene 183 67
11 LF Pione Sisto 170 63
25 CF Giuseppe Rossi 173 73
16 RF Jozabed 180 65