Real Sociedad vs Salzburg
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 15 February 2018
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Real Sociedad lost 5-2 at Santiago Bernabeu last weekend, their fifth defeat in their last six LaLiga matches. They are just 14th in the table, a poor season for them, in which they have already gotten embarrassed in the Copa del Rey as well, getting eliminated by Lleida Esportiu. Last month they signed Héctor Moreno from Roma, a 30-year-old centre-back, hoping to help them shape up defensively. In their Europa League group they were… decent, doing what they were expected to do, win all four games against Rosenborg and Vardar. They lost to Zenit both in Russia and at home, by a total score of 6-2. A team with their roster should be playing much better football and earning better results, definitely not being 14th in the championship. Against Salzburg they are the favourites, and eliminating the Austrian side will make their poor season look somewhat… less poor.
Salzburg have had a dreamy start in 2018. They won both their games the last two weeks, after the restart of the season in Austria, seeing Sturm Graz lose both their games. Just like that, from being second, one point below Sturm, they are now first, five points ahead of their main rivals. Salzburg have lost just one of their 22 Bundesliga matches this season, and if you think “well, it’s just Austria”, yes, but… there were some really tricky games in their Europa League group as well, and still managed to qualify undefeated. They won three (including a 1-0 at home over Marseille), drew three (including a goalless draw in Marseille), and the most impressive of all was that they kept a clean sheet in five of their six matches, their last five. Their roster is nowhere near that of Real Sociedad, but… looking as good as they have been looking this season, they have earned the right to dream.
Previous five matches:
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad 5-2
Real Sociedad vs Deportivo La Coruña 5-0
Villarreal vs Real Sociedad 4-2
Real Sociedad vs Celta 1-2
Real Sociedad vs Barcelona 2-4
Rheindorf Altach vs Salzburg 0-1
Salzburg vs Admira 2-1
Salzburg vs Anif 4-1
Salzburg vs Ried 3-1
Salzburg vs Viktoria Plzen 5-0
Real Sociedad’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Levante (Spain LaLiga). Same day, Salzburg are hosting St. Pölten (Austria Bundesliga).
Real Sociedad vs Salzburg: Head to head Stats
Real Sociedad have never faced a team from Austria before.
Real Sociedad vs Salzburg: Prediction
Real Sociedad are the favourites to win, but at 1.80, I’m not touching their win. I’m turning to goals instead.
Real Sociedad vs Salzburg: Betting Tips
Betting companies expect this game to have at least three goals. Personally, I’m counting on Salzburg’s impressive defence to keep the score low. “Under 2.5 goals” pays 2.07, and is my only tip, not tempted by Real Sociedad’s 1.80.
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- FC Copenhagen vs Atletico Madrid
- AEK Athens vs Dynamo Kyiv
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- Napoli vs RB Leipzig
- Lyon vs Villarreal
- Partizan Belgrade vs Viktoria Plzen
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