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Topic: Espanyol vs Real Sociedad - Primera División Rnd.23 08/02/16 19:30  (Read 151 times)

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      Analysis: Espanyol vs Real Sociedad (08 February 2016)
      « Reply #1 on: February 08 2016, 12:43 »

      Espanyol and Real Sociedad meet at RCDE Stadium, in a match for the 23th round of the Primera División. Espanyol got an away win by (2‑3), in the last league head‑to‑head, played in 19‑09‑2015. At this stadium, the head‑to‑head history favours the home team, since they have a record of 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in the last 5 matches. Sure enough, the last time these teams met at this stadium, on 05‑10‑2014, in a match for the Primera División, Espanyol won by (2‑0). The goals of the match were scored by Lucas Vázquez (7' ) and C. Stuani (90' ) for Espanyol. The home advantage may play an important role in this match , since Espanyol presents significant differences between home and away results.

      Analysis of Espanyol

      The home team is currently in the 15th position of the league, with 22 points won, after 6 wins, 4 draws and 12 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in a home match against Villarreal, by (2‑2). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Real Madrid, by (6‑0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 1 draw and 12 losses in away matches, with 12 goals scored and 37 conceded; against 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 16 goals scored and 17 conceded. In the last 10 home league matches Espanyol has a record of 4 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses, so they have won 16 points out of 30 possible.

      They haven’t lost any of the last 6 home matches for this competition. They haven't been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. 7 of their last 10 matches for this competition have ended with Under 2,5 goals, so there is a tendency for few goals in their home matches. In 22 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 13 times and have only turned the score around in 1.

      Espanyol is going through a negative period, since they haven’t won any of the last 8 matches and come from a 6-0 away loss against Real Madrid. Despite the loss, coach Constantin Galca should maintain the usual 4-2-3-1 formation, with Mamadou Sylla in front. The best scorer of the team is Felipe Caicedo, with 8 goals scored this season. However, he will not be playing this match, since he is recovering from an injury. Also unavailable will be Álvaro González, suspended, apart from Victor Sanchez, Arbilla and Óscar Duarte, who are recovering from injuries.

      Analysis of Real Sociedad

      The away team is currently in the 13th position of the league, with 24 points won, after 6 wins, 6 draws and 10 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Sporting Gijón, by (5‑1). In the last match, they won in a home match against Real Betis, by (2‑1). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 16 goals scored and 24 conceded; against 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses at their stadium, with 14 goals scored and 20 conceded. In the last 10 away league matches Real Sociedad has a record of 2 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses, so they have won 8 points out of 30 possible.

      In this competition, they haven’t won any of the last 6 away matches. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 22 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 12 times and have only turned the score around in 1.

      Real Sociedad has been irregular in the last matches, but they come to this match after a home win over Real Bétis. Therefore, coach Eusebio Mena should present the same strategy he used last match, since they had an interesting exhibition. Jonathas is the main offensive reference of the team and has replaced the best scorer of the team, Imanol Agirretxe, who is recovering from an injury. Also unavailable due to injuries will be Carlos Martínez, Zurutuza, La Bella, Granero, Canales, Berchiche and Raúl Navas.

      Betting suggestion:

      The most likely scenario is that both teams will score. We believe it will be an open match, with goal opportunities for both teams, since both home and away team need to recover from recently lost points. Moreover, both defences present a few weaknesses which the offenses may take advantage of.


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