Real Sociedad vs Osasuna Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Venue: Estadio Anoeta

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Real Sociedad vs Osasuna Match Prediction

By Charlotte Louise Bushell

Real Sociedad have taken a hammering in the last two games with Real Madrid responsible for the latest 3-0 loss. Mateo Kovacic, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Alvaro Morata scored the goals, while Inigo Martinez was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 74th minute. Osasuna continue to pick up points through draws with the latest being a 1-1 draw with Malaga. Michael Santos missed a first-half penalty for Malaga, but both teams scored in the space of three second-half minutes to take a point from the match. Goran Causic was the scorer for Osasuna, while Ignacio Camacho provided the equaliser for Malaga.

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Real Sociedad Preview

Real Sociedad remain in the hunt for a Champions League place even after some heavy defeats in the last five games. Eusebio has focused on getting wins from teams lower down the table. Since November, Real Sociedad have failed to win only four league matches – three of those games were against La Liga’s current top three of Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Sevilla. A major factor behind Real Sociedad being just one point behind Atletico Madrid is their reasonable return of 15 points from the away games – a return which places the club as the fifth best in terms of away form.

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Osasuna Preview

Petar Vasiljevic’s appointment at the start of January already seems to have had a positive effect on the team. Osasuna have only suffered one defeat– an extremely close 4-3 loss against title-chasing Sevilla – in the last three league matches. Still, the lack of a first win continues to be a spot of bother for the interim boss. For all their recent form, they have had just one win this season. As a result, the team are eight points adrift of the safety. With just one clean sheet so far this season, Osasuna know that they have to improve at both ends of the pitch in order to secure the first win under Vasiljevic. 

Real Sociedad to win - 3/10

Real Sociedad Team News

Inigo Martinez is suspended for the game after two yellow cards in the loss against Real Madrid. Mikel Gonzalez (thigh) and Carlos Martinez (cruciate ligament) are the injury concerns for Eusebio.

Osasuna Team News

Miguel Flano (meniscus), Didier Digard (cruciate ligament), and Mario Fernandez-Cuesta (leg) are the injury worries for Osasuna.

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Betting Tips and Predictions

Osasuna’s last win at the Anoeta was in 2005. Real Sociedad have come out on top against Osasuna in the recent meetings between the two clubs, but they have been able to secure only two wins in the last six matches. Incredibly, the remaining four games have finished as a draw. Even though Osasuna have shown a tendency to draw games of late, Real Sociedad have a good record against teams below them in the table. I would back Real Sociedad for a win.

Real Sociedad tend to score more goals in the second half, while Osasuna have also conceded more during this period. Hence, I would back Real Sociedad to score in the second half.

Real Sociedad to win – 3/10

Real Sociedad to score in the second half – 3/10 

Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Geronimo Rulli 189 80
15 CD Aritz Elustondo 178 72
19 RB Yuri Berchiche 181 77
29 LB Alvaro Odriozola 175 -
22 CD Raul Navas 183 80
10 CM Xabier Prieto 185 77
8 CDM Esteban Granero 180 77
18 CM Mikel Oyarzabal 180 77
4 CDM Asier Illarramendi 177 74
11 CM Carlos Vela 175 73
12 CF Willian Jose 186 87
No. Pos Player m kg
25 GK Salvatore Sirigu 192 80
21 RB Carlos Clerc 182 72
15 CD Unai Garcia 186 81
6 CD Oier 178 72
3 CD Tano Bonnin 186 75
11 LB Alex Berenguer 175 70
8 CM Goran Causic 180 75
14 CM Fausto 183 75
20 CM Miguel Angel de las Cuevas 175 69
19 CF Kenan Kodro 187 77
12 CF Emmanuel Riviere 182 76