LaLiga 2ª Jornada

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Real Sociedad – Villarreal (La Liga)

Real Sociedad and Villarreal will face each other this Friday night at the Anoeta, in San Sebastian, for La Liga’s 2nd round. The basques are ready for their second round of the spanish league after a difficult comeback against Celta Vigo in the previous round, where they were losing by 2-1 until the 79th minute, but scored two goals before the last whistle. Villarreal, on their turn, kicked off their campaign with a deserved 1-0 away defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Levante.

Real Sociedad had a difficult start of their campaign with a hard trip to Celta Vigo’s home, but they showed their typical strong will of never surrender until the whistle, a very positive characteristic that rewarded them with 3 points, with the basques coming from two goals behind to win 3-2, with goals from Mikel Oyarzabal, Juanmi and Willian Jose snatching three points from the jaws of defeat. In this moment, La Real are one of the eight teams with 3 points, with Real Madrid being the only team who scored as many goals as the basques.

In their clash against Celta, La Real showed a lot of qualities, but also some defensive difficulties. They were effective at creating goalscoring opportunities from through balls and strong at finishing them, and also created long shot opportunities. However, defensively they made a few fouls in dangerous areas and show difficulties in defending set pieces. La Real are unbeaten in their last five home LaLiga matches, after having a very easy run of games at the tail end of last season against the likes of Leganes, Sporting Gijon, Deportivo, Granada and Malaga.

Probable Lineup: Rulli – Odriozola, Navas, Martínez and Rodrigues – Prieto, Illarramendi and Zarutuza – Vela, José and Oyarzabal.

laligaVillarreal, on their turn, are one of the seven teams who tasted defeat in their first round of the competition, having lost by 1-0 against the newly-promoted Levante, conceding the only goal of the match in the 88th minute through a penalty kick. In that trip to the city of Valencia, the Yellow Submarine were the team who had most ball possession throughout the match, but created fewer scoring chances, having only one shot on target during the whole time, showing low creativity in creating scoring chances.

In the defensive part, Villarreal showed difficulties in defensing against skillful players. Besides that, the coach Fran Escribá have already a few headaches in the medical part, with Adrián Marín, Sergio Asenjo, Bruno Soriano, Cheryshev e Roberto Soriano being all rulled out for this match, all of them injured.

Probable Lineup: Fernández – Gaspar, González, Ruiz and Costa – Trigueros, Rodri, Fornals and Castillejo – Bacca and Bakambu.

Real Sociedad have only won 1 of their last 8 direct confronts, losing 3 and drawing the remaining 4.

Real Sociedad 0-1 Villarreal
Liga Espanhola 16/17
Villarreal 1-1 Real Sociedad
Copa Rey 16/17
Real Sociedad 3-1 Villarreal
Copa Rey 16/17
Villarreal 2-1 Real Sociedad
Liga Espanhola 16/17
Villarreal 0-0 Real Sociedad
Liga BBVA 15/16
Real Sociedad 0-2 Villarreal
Liga BBVA 15/16
Real Sociedad 0-0 Villarreal
Liga BBVA 14/15
Real Sociedad 2-2 Villarreal
Copa Rey 14/15

Villarreal have another difficult trip to a hard ground where they will face a tough opponent that entered with the right foot in the competition. The basque team were strong against Celta and should have the quality to hurt the Yellow Submarine.

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Real Sociedad
  • Country: Spain
  • Stadium: Anoeta
  • City: San Sebastián
  • Establishment: 1909

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  • Country: Spain
  • Stadium: El Madrigal
  • City: Villarreal
  • Establishment: 1923

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