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Wednesday’s Champions League fixture list brings us Real Sociedad facing off with Red Bull Salzburg.
All Real Sociedad v Red Bull Salzburg match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below (including the best match odds).
Real Sociedad, following on from their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 2-1 La Liga triumph against Sevilla.
In that game, Real Sociedad managed 49% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 8 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Real Sociedad was Umar Sadiq (22'). Sevilla got 8 attempts at goal with 2 on target. Marko Dmitrović (3' Own goal) and Youssef En-Nesyri (60') scored for Sevilla.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games that Real Sociedad have shown defensive steel. It will be a concern for them that Real Sociedad have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, giving up 6 goals along the way.
Red Bull Salzburg
Red Bull Salzburg come into this encounter following on from a 3-2 Bundesliga win as they beat TSV Hartberg in their most recent fixture.
In that match, Red Bull Salzburg managed 45% possession and 11 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. For Red Bull Salzburg, goals were scored by Petar Ratkov (45'), Oscar Gloukh (48') and Nene Dorgeles (85'). At the other end, TSV Hartberg got 10 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. Ibane Bowat (11') and Ousmane Diakité (56') scored for TSV Hartberg.
A succession of outstanding showings from the Red Bull Salzburg defence has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 4 from their last 6 outings combined. In that time, their own forwards have managed to score 9. That sort of pattern won’t necessarily follow through into this match, though.
Head to head
The previous league contest between the two was Champions League match day 2 on 03/10/2023 which finished with the scoreline of Red Bull Salzburg 0-2 Real Sociedad.
In that game, Red Bull Salzburg had 48% possession and 11 shots at goal with 1 of them on target.
For their opponents, Real Sociedad had 15 shots at goal with 5 on target. Mikel Oyarzabal (7') and Brais Méndez (27') scored.
The referee was Bartosz Frankowski.
Team News: Real Sociedad
Martín Merquelanz (Knee injury), André Silva (Calf injury) and Carlos Fernández (Knee injury) aren’t available for Real Sociedad gaffer Imanol Alguacil.
In all likelihood, Txuri-urdin will probably kick off with a 4-4-2 formation with Alex Remiro, Alvaro Odriozola, Aritz Elustondo, Igor Zubeldia, Aihen Munoz, Brais Mendez, Martin Zubimendi, Benat Turrientes, Mikel Oyarzabal, Mohamed-Ali Cho and Arsen Zakharyan.
Team News: Red Bull Salzburg
We reckon that Die Bullen could decide to play in a 4-3-1-2 lineup, choosing Alexander Schlager, Amar Dedic, Kamil Piatkowski, Strahinja Pavlovic, Andreas Ulmer, Luka Sucic, Mads Bidstrup, Nene Dorgeles, Oscar Gloukh, Nicolas Capaldo and Petar Ratkov.
We believe that Real Sociedad will likely get the goals that they need when they face Red Bull Salzburg, who may well struggle scoring a goal of their own.
Accordingly, we see a 2-0 win for Real Sociedad at full-time.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Reale Arena (39,500)
Captain: Mikel Oyarzabal
Chairman: Jokin Aperribay
Manager: Imanol Alguacil
Competitions: La Liga position 6, Copa del Rey (Second Round), Champions League (Group D)
⭐ Star Player: Takefusa Kubo
Customarily taking to the field in the Right Wing position, Takefusa Kubo was born in Japan. Having made his senior debut playing for FC Tokyo in the 2017 season, the dangerous Forward has accumulated 5 league goals in the LaLiga 2023 - 2024 campaign so far coming from a total of 12 appearances.