Real Sociedad vs Villarreal Predictions and Betting : The Sunday clash between Real Sociedad and Villarreal in the Spanish La Liga will definitely be a game to watch out for. Both the team are looking strong as Real Sociedad is the table topper, while Villarreal is enjoying the 3rd spot.
The match will be played at Anoeta Stadium, currently known as the Reale Arena. It is the home stadium of Real Sociedad and they will be looking forward to cash in the home benefit when they meet Villarreal this Sunday.
Looking at the team, Real Sociedad has a more settled than Villarreal. The constant team changes in Villarreal due to their European commitments is one of the obvious reasons.
The contest between Real Sociedad and Villarreal has always been an exciting one over the years. The upcoming match will also be a meeting of former teammates Imanol Alguacil and Unai Emery who are the coaches of their respective teams.
Real Sociedad vs Villarreal Predictions and Betting : Recent Form
Real Sociedad started off their Spanish La Liga campaign with a back to back two draws against Valladolid and Real Madrid. They registered their very first win in this season against Elche when they found the nets thrice in the game.
However, their victory was short lived as they lost to Valencia in very next game. Since then Real Sociedad has been on a roll. They next six games they defeated every other team taking their tally 7 win in 10 games this La Liga season.
The home team beat Cardiz 0-1 in their last clash. Real Sociedad have scored at an average of 2.1 goals per match and have conceded a total of 17 goals this season.
Villarreal on the other hand have won 5 games and lost 1. In four games this La Liga they had to settle for a draw.
They started off with a draw against Huesca which was followed by a win against Elbar and a 4-0 crushing defeat at the hands of Barcelona. They bounced back in very next match when they beat Alaves by 3-1 goals. Paco Alcacer scored twice for Villarreal in this match.
In last 6 games of this La Liga season, Villarreal have won 3 and drawn on 3 occasions. In last match they settled for a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid.
The recent stats is in favor of Real Sociedad as they managed to attain to win 45% of their last 20 home games. Villareal on the other hand have lost 40% of their last 20 away games. They failed to find nets in 4 of these 20 games.
Real Sociedad has scored first 8 times in their 9 home games, whereas Villarreal conceded first 6 times in the last 8 away games lost.
If we talk about head to head stats, the two teams have played 40 matches so far. Real Sociedad won 10, while Villarreal emerged victorious in 18 direct matches. On 12 occasions match ended with any of the two teams winning it.
The average goals per match when the two teams clashed in regular season is 2.40. In actual season, the average for Real Sociedad is 1.56 goals per match. Villareal has a better average in the 2020 Season which stands at 1.90 goals per match.
Last time the two teams met was in last La Liga season when Real Sociedad defeated Villarreal by 2-1 goals.
Real Sociedad would prefer to go with their normal formation of 4-2-3-1 so that they can continue their winning streak. Villarreal too may prefer similar formation of 4-2-3-1 for this match.
Mikel Oirzabal will be lead striker for Real Sociedad. He has scored 8 goals in the current season which is the highest for La Real. He has also maintained a highly impressive pass percentage of 77%. In his 6 seasons for Real Sociedad, Mikel has scored 56 goals in 204 matches.
He will be assisted by Christian Portu and Alexander Isak. Portu has been very impressive in this season so far. He has 0.4 goals per match and has has 0.2 assist per game.
Alexander Isak has with 1.8 shots on target has 2 goals to his name. He has had 73% passing success this season.
For Villarreal, Gerard Moreno has been the one leading from the front with 5 goals and an assist in the last nine outings. He enjoys a 69% pass success, 2.6 shots per target and 2.7 dribbles per game.
Paco Alcacer has become the most dependable player for Villarreal this season. He has managed to score 13 goals so far. He has also assisted in 2 goals. His pass percentage is 76%.
They will be assisted by Moi Gomez and Takefusa Kubo in forward.
Real Sociedad's mid field comprises of likes of Mikel Merino, David Silva and Martin Zubimendi. They have been excellent support to their strikers and defense.
The mid field of Villarreal will be under the guard of Vicente Iborra who has over over 90% passing accuracy. He will be assisted by Manu Trigueros who has scored once in this season.
The addition of Parejo to the team from Valencia has improved the midfield tactics that have resulted in some good assists. He has given a goof performance for Villarreal so far.
Real Sociedad will depend on Aritx Elustondo to guard the nets. The FIFA World Cup winner David Silva adds to the quality of players in La Real. The 34-year-old veteran scored his first goal against RC Celta in last month.
He will be assisted by defensive combination of Aritz Elustondo, Robin Le Normand,Aihem Munoz and Andoni Gooosabel.
Sociedad's defense have been impressive this season. Only on 17 occasion their opponents have been able to sneak the ball through them and found the nets.
For Villarreal Pau Torres will play a crucial in guarding the backlines. He is having an amazing pass percentage of about 89%. The defense will be very important for Villarreal to push back the blazing strikers of Real Sociedad.
Raul Albiol brings the experience in the center back that is required. He has 89.3% pass success, 2.5 aerials won and 3 clears per match in the recent outings. They will have to be coordinated and helped by the players at the extreme who are Mario and Alfonso.
Although both the teams are very strong and challenging, Real Sociedad is a tough team to beat in their own backyard. The last match when La Real failed to score was against Valencia when they suffered a 0-1 loss in September this year.
Villareal managed to end an away match on a clean sheet in last month when they played a draw match against Cadiz. Villarreal will be looking to decrease the average of goals conceded in away games.
The unpredictability of the current season can turn the match in anyone’s favor. There are chances of too many surprises on Sunday.
As per the Footballpredictions.com, the home team has an advantage over the visitors. The platform predicts the match to end in 2-1 goals in favor of Real Sociedad.
FcTables gives Villarreal just 25% chance of winning the match while for Real Sociedad the chance stands at 45% as of now.
The betting odds for Villarreal stands at 3.40 and for Real Sociedad the odds are 2.10 as per Sofacore.