Real Sociedad vs Rosenborg
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 14 September 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
Real Sociedad didn’t have to play qualifiers, they made it directly to the group stage, kind of allowing them to focus on their La Liga matches in August and September. They have started the new championship season in Spain in spectacular fashion, winning their first three games, including a 4-2 at Deportivo La Coruna last weekend. Only they and Barcelona have nine points from three matches so far, plus, they have scored a total of 10 goals(!), against well above average teams, like Celta, Villarreal and as already mentioned, La Coruna. Last time they played Europa League football was in 2014, but back then they failed to make it even to the group stage, getting eliminated by Krasnodar in the playoffs.
So what if they got eliminated by Celtic in the Champions League qualifiers? Rosenborg did the unexpected against Ajax, last season’s finalists, not just kicking them out of the Europa League that early, but even beating them twice, 1-0 in Amsterdam, and 3-2 back home, despite losing 2-1 until the 80th minute(!). Huge success for Rosenborg, who showed even against Celtic (0-0 in Glasgow, 0-1 in Norway) that they are a decent team, capable of earning good results even against big opponents at their own home. Last weekend they won 2-0 at Strømsgodset. They remain first in Norway’s championship, on 44 points from 21 matches, six more than second-placed Sarpsborg.
Previous 5 matches:
Deportivo La Coruna vs Real Sociedad 2-4
Real Sociedad vs Villarreal 3-0
Celta vs Real Sociedad 2-3
Gijon vs Real Sociedad 2-2
Watford vs Real Sociedad 0-0
Strømsgodset vs Rosenborg 0-2
Rosenborg vs Valerenga 1-2
Rosenborg vs Ajax 3-2
Rosenborg vs Haugesund 0-1
Ajax vs Rosenborg 0-1
Real Sociedad’s next game is on Sunday, at home, against Real Madrid (Spain La Liga). Same day, Rosenborg will be hosting Valerenga (Norway championship).
Real Sociedad vs Rosenborg: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Real Sociedad vs Rosenborg: Prediction
Real Sociedad have started the season in spectacular fashion, but Rosenborg have drawn at Celtic and won at Ajax, so the hosts’ 1.30 feels too-too little.
Real Sociedad vs Rosenborg: Betting Tips
As previously mentioned, 1.30 for Real Sociedad’s win is something I’m not interested in. Deep down I expect Rosenborg to score, but the hosts still to win. Real Sociedad and both teams to score is at 2.95 betting odds, and suits my 2-1 hunch.
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