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Real Sociedad vs Valencia

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
15 May 2024, 13:46

Real Sociedad and Valencia have had their fair share of ups and downs this season, but both come into this match with something to prove. Real Sociedad, playing at home, will look to leverage their crowd support to clinch a victory. Valencia, on the other hand, will be keen to disrupt the hosts' plans and add crucial points to their tally to improve their standing from the previous season. Both teams still have chances to improve their current situation, as Real Sociedad is only 1 point behind the Europa League spot, while Valencia has 6 point gap from the 7th place, which allows to play in the Conference League. The first-round match saw Real Sociedad securing a minimal win (0-1), a scenario that can potentially happen in the upcoming match as well.

Real Sociedad vs Valencia Preview 

Real Sociedad Preview

In their recent matches, Real Sociedad has demonstrated both resilience and the ability to score crucial goals. After being eliminated from the Champions League in the first playoff round, the team lost only twice - to Real Madrid (1-0) and Barcelona (2-0). With a clear goal to finish in the top 6, Imanol Alguacil emphasised that the match against Valencia is one of the most important games of the season and urged players and fans to show their best. In addition, Real Sociedad is winless at home in matches against Valencia for 3 consecutive games, a trend that the team wants to stop.

Valencia Preview 

Valencia travels to San Sebastian with renewed vigor under the guidance of their coach, who has been instrumental in turning around the team's fortunes compared to the previous season. Currently, in a better league position than last year, Valencia has shown significant improvement, particularly in their offensive play. However, recently the team is in a clear crisis, having a winless streak of 4 matches. After 3 losses in a row, Valencia managed to get a point in the match against Rayo Vallecano (0-0), which also saw some improvement in the team’s display. Ruben Baraja hopes to capitalise on unrealised chances from this match and to show similar determination in the defence. Whether Valencia will succeed or not will highly influence the stakes before the final games of the season.

Betting Tips for Real Sociedad vs Valencia

Real Sociedad to Win

Despite the loss in the last round, Real Sociedad looks formidable in the decisive part of the season, securing 4 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses in the last 8 matches. Given that the team lost only to Real Madrid and Barcelona, while Valencia maintains its 4-matches winless streak, Sociedad will likely have an advantage in the upcoming game. For this Real Sociedad vs Valencia prediction, Unibet gives 1.60.

Total Goals Under 2.5

With their attacking capabilities quite limited, both teams emphasise the defensive game, preferring to end the match with a goalless draw rather than to attempt to engage in a shootout with an opponent. Thus, 6 out of 7 last Sociedad matches saw less than 3 goals, while Valencia’s statistics are quite similar - 7 out of 9. The teams are also not productive in head-to-head games - 5 last consecutive matches saw less than 3 goals. It is unlikely that this match will become an exception and Real Sociedad vs. Valencia odds for this outcome are 1.68, as defined by Unibet.

Total Yellow Cards Over 4.5

In recent years, matches between Real Sociedad and Valencia turned out to be quite heated encounters. The first-round match saw 10 yellow cards, while the last 4 matches saw 28 yellow cards in total. The upcoming clash is likely to be intense as well, given the motivation of both teams and the relative problems in their defensive display. For this Real Sociedad vs Valencia tip, Unibet gives 1.78.

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