Real Sociedad will take to the pitch with away side Atlético Madrid at Reale Arena in the La Liga tie on Sunday.
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Real Sociedad will be looking for another win after the 1-2 La Liga victory vs Villarreal.
In that game, Real Sociedad managed 51% possession and 11 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. For Real Sociedad, goals were scored by Alexander Isak (56') and Zubimendi (73'). On the other side, Villarreal CF had 10 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Francis Coquelin (43') was the scorer for Villarreal.
Over their past 6 games, Imanol Alguacil's Real Sociedad have hit the back of the net 7 times, with that being an average number of goals scored per match equal to 1.17.
Coming into this fixture, Real Sociedad have left without a victory over Atlético Madrid in their previous 4 matches in the league.
In their previous fixture, Atlético Madrid drew 1-1 in the La Liga tie with Sevilla.
In that game, Atlético Madrid had 41% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 3 on target. The scorer for Atlético Madrid was José María Giménez (30'). At the other end, Sevilla FC had 8 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Youssef En-Nesyri (85') was the scorer for Sevilla.
A series of steadfast performances by the Atlético Madrid defenders has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 4 from their previous 6 fixtures combined. Over that same period of time, their forwards have scored 6. That kind of trend isn’t assured to be continued into this next game, of course.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head meetings stretching back to 14/09/2019, there has been little to separate the clubs with Real Sociedad winning 2 of those games, Atlético Madrid 2 and 2 being draws after 90 minutes of play.
A total of 15 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 8 from Txuri-urdin and 7 belonging to Atleti. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.5.
Team News: Real Sociedad
Ander Barrenetxea (Thigh muscle rupture), Carlos Fernández (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Nacho Monreal (Knee Injury) and Mikel Oyarzabal (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) are unavailable for Real Sociedad gaffer Imanol Alguacil.
It’s our opinion that Txuri-urdin look set to line up in a 4-4-2 formation this time, utilising Alex Remiro, Andoni Gorosabel, Igor Zubeldia, Robin Le Normand, Diego Rico, Rafinha, Mikel Merino, Martin Zubimendi, David Silva, Alexander Soerloth and Alexander Isak.
Team News: Atlético Madrid
Thanks to a completely healthy squad available to choose from, the Atlético Madrid boss Diego Simeone does not have any fitness worries at all coming into this game.
From our viewpoint, Atleti seem likely to make use of a 3-5-2 system, choosing Jan Oblak, Stefan Savic, Jose Gimenez, Reinildo, Marcos Llorente, Rodrigo De Paul, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Koke, Yannick Carrasco, Matheus Cunha and Antoine Griezmann.
When taking all factors into account, Atlético Madrid and Real Sociedad should both be able to score here although it’s hard to pick a clear winner.
Let’s see what happens, but it could well be that we end up with scores level. We’re therefore seeing a tight encounter with a score draw at the end of the 90 minutes.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Reale Arena (39,500)
Captain: Asier Illarramendi
Chairman: Jokin Aperribay
Manager: Imanol Alguacil
Competitions: La Liga position 6
⭐ Star Player: Alexander Isak
Customarily played in the Striker position, Alexander Isak was born in Solna, Sweden. After having made a senior debut playing for AIK in the 2016 season, the accomplished Forward has contributed 6 league goals in the LaLiga 2021 - 2022 campaign to date from a total of 31 appearances.