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The La Liga match at Estadio de Mestalla on Sunday will see hosts Valencia welcoming opponents Real Sociedad.
View all of the Valencia v Real Sociedad predictions, poll and stats below - plus the latest betting odds.
Valencia won’t want a repeat of their last result here following the 2-1 La Liga loss in their previous game against Cádiz.
In that game, Valencia had 68% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. The scorer for Valencia was Kévin Gameiro (19'). Cádiz had 6 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Juan Cala (14') and Marcos Mauro López (88') scored for Cádiz.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games that Valencia haven’t conceded. The reality is that Los Che have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, giving up 8 goals in the process.
Going into this contest, Valencia have not been beaten in their last 6 league matches at home.
In their previous fixture, Real Sociedad drew 1-1 in the La Liga tie with Athletic Bilbao.
In that game, Real Sociedad managed 51% possession and 12 shots at goal with 2 on target. The only player to score for Real Sociedad was Roberto López (89'). Athletic Bilbao had 11 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Villalibre (85') scored for Athletic Bilbao.
For 5 of the past 6 games featuring Real Sociedad, a comparatively low number of goals have been scored between them and opposing sides. The overall average number of goals per game during that spell is just 2.33, with the number of goals averaged by Txuri-urdin equalling 0.83. That kind of trend isn’t assured to follow through here, however.
Their prior results show that Real Sociedad:
- haven't beaten Valencia in away games against them for the last 3 matches in the league.
- haven't been defeated by Valencia in games played away from home for the previous 2 matches in the league.
- have not won away from home in their last 2 league games.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head to head clashes dating back to 25/02/2018 shows us that Valencia have won 3 of these games & Real Sociedad 1, with the number of drawn games being 2.
A sum of 10 goals were produced between them in this period, with 5 from Los Che and 5 netted by Txuri-urdin. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 1.67.
The previous league contest between the two was La Liga match day 4 on 29/09/2020 when it finished Real Sociedad 0-1 Valencia.
In that match, Real Sociedad managed 65% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 3 on target.
For their opponents, Valencia had 9 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Maxi Gómez (75') scored.
The referee was Jorge Figueroa Vázquez.
Team News: Valencia
Jasper Cillessen (Knee Injury), Maxi Gómez (Knee Problems) and Eliaquim Mangala (Torn Muscle Fibre) won’t be able to feature for Valencia boss Javi Gracia.
Team News: Real Sociedad
Due to a mostly available squad, there is just a single fitness worry for the Real Sociedad gaffer Imanol Alguacil to contend with. Luca Sangalli (Knee Injury) won’t be in action.
Here, we’re thinking that Valencia will need things to go their way to score goals against this Real Sociedad side who will likely get the win and a maybe even keep a clean sheet as well.
We’re therefore anticipating a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 0-1 win for Real Sociedad when the referee blows for full-time.
Expecting it to be tight.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio de Mestalla (55,000)
Captain: José Gayà
Chairman: Anil Murthy
Manager: Javi Gracia
Competitions: La Liga position 12
⭐ Star Man: Carlos Soler
Customarily played in the Right Attacking Midfielder position, Carlos Soler was born in Valencia, Spain. After having played his first senior match for Valencia in the 2016 - 2017 season, the talented Midfielder has hit 7 league goals in the LaLiga 2020 - 2021 season to date in a total of 24 appearances.