2019-20 Spanish Primera – Real Sociedad vs Espanyol Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When does Real Sociedad vs Espanyol kick off? Thursday 2nd July, 2020 – 18:30 (UK)

Where is Real Sociedad vs Espanyol being played? Reale Arena

Where can I get tickets for Real Sociedad vs Espanyol? No tickets are available as these matches are being played behind closed doors

What TV channel is Real Sociedad vs Espanyol on in the UK? This match will be televised live on LaLigaTV (Sky channel 435, Virgin channel 554) for those with a Premier Sport subscription

Where can I stream Real Sociedad vs Espanyol in the UK? Premier Sport subscribers in the UK can stream the match live via a Premier Player subscription

bet365 customers may be able to stream this match live via their website and you can check their schedule here

THE TEAM NEWS

REAL SOCIEDAD

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Alex Remiro; Zaldua, Diego Llorente, Le Normand, Ahien Munoz; Zubeldia, Mikel Merino; Portu, Januzaj, Oyarzabal; Willian Jose

Unavailable: Sangalli (Injured), Guevara (Injured), Barrenetxea (Injured), Illarramendi (Injured), Odegaard (Injured)

Doubtful:

ESPANYOL

Predicted line-up (4-4-2): Diego Lopez; Javi Lopez, Cabrera, Espinosa, Didac Vila; Sergi Darder, Marco Roca, David Lopez, Adri Embarba; Calleri, Raul de Tomas

Unavailable: Corchia (Injured), Ferreyra (Injured)

Doubtful:

KEY STATS

  • Real Sociedad have lost each of their last 4 league matches
  • Real Sociedad have won 3 of their last 4 games against Espanyol in all competitions
  • Real Sociedad have conceded the first goal in each of their last 5 league matches
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 3 of Real Sociedad’s last 4 home league matches
  • Real Sociedad have scored at least 2 goals in 3 of their last 4 games against Espanyol in all competitions
  • Alexander Isak has scored for Real Sociedad in each of their last 2 matches against Espanyol in all competitions
  • Espanyol have lost each of their last 3 league matches
  • Espanyol have lost 1-0 in each of their last 2 league matches
  • Espanyol have failed to score in 4 of their last 5 away matches in all competitions
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Espanyol's last 7 league games
  • Espanyol have conceded the first goal in 5 of their last 6 away matches in all competitions

THE PREDICTION

It has been a disastrous restart for Real Sociedad who have lost their last four league games and they have fallen completely out of Champions League contention now. They face a desperate Espanyol side who have lost their last three matches themselves and are all but resigned to relegation. They simply have to win here and that will likely lead to an open again. Much will depend on which version of Real turn up but they still have the attacking quality to expose Espanyol if they open up. Expect goals at both ends of the pitch here but avoid the match outcome.

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