According to Las Vegas La Liga odds, Villarreal is the underdog for this match despite playing at home. Makes sense, Villarreal is 10 points behind Real Sociedad in the La Liga table. However, I don’t expect Jose Morales and company to be easy prey.
Villarreal Not Meeting Expectations
When talking about Villarreal, it’s imperative to mention that the team won the UEFA Europa League in the 2020-21 season. Since then, they’ve always been considered a tempting dark horse to win the La Liga title. However, this season, they’re far from meeting expectations.
Last week, they drew 1-1 against Sevilla, the team in 15th place. Considering the match took place in Seville, that’s not a bad result.
Jose Morales, who scored the equalizer against Sevilla, scored in four of Villarreal’s last five games in all competitions. The streak ended midweek with a 0-0 draw against Maccabi Haifa in the current edition of the UEL.
The good news for the team is that Morales isn’t their top scorer. That title belongs to Gerard Moreno with eight goals, and he’s followed by Alexander Sorloth with six. Sorloth is expected to return this weekend after missing several games due to injury.
In other words, you can expect the Yellow Submarine to put up a good fight. Plus, now you have three great options to include in your La Liga picks as anytime goalscorers.
Real Sociedad on Remarkable Non-Losing Streak
Real Sociedad hasn’t lost in its last six games in all competitions. That’s remarkable because the club isn’t used to playing in the UEFA Champions League, considered the toughest club tournament in the world.
Midweek, the streak continued thanks to a 1-0 victory over Andratx in the second round of the Copa del Rey. That’s right, they’re also playing in the domestic cup and managed to win even with some usual starters out.
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The best thing about that victory was that Andre Silva scored the winner. Once the Bundesliga’s top scorer, Silva has had a couple of rough seasons and is trying to return to his best.
Regarding La Liga, their last match finished 1-1 against Osasuna. They should’ve won since they finished with 72% of possession and 17 shots in total, eight more than the home side.
The duo of Mikel Oyarzabal and Takefusa Kubo is another reason for the visitors to come in as the La Liga betting favorites. Oyarzabal is the team’s top scorer with seven goals, while Kubo, who is extremely fast, has scored five.
Home Side Prevailed in Last Two Meetings
Last season, Villarreal and Real Sociedad collided twice. First, Real Sociedad won 1-0 in San Sebastian with Brais Mendez as the scorer. Later, Villarreal won 2-0 at La Ceramica, with Dani Parejo and Nicolas Jackson as the scorers.
As for the total, it went under 2½ goals in three of their last five encounters. But I don’t expect that online betting trend to continue Saturday.
Villarreal vs Real Sociedad Match Information
- Match: Villarreal (4-4-7) vs Real Sociedad (7-5-3)
- Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 9, 12:30 p.m. ET
- Location: La Ceramica, Villarreal
- Villarreal vs Real Sociedad Live Stream: Fubo.tv
Villarreal vs Real Sociedad Betting Lines
Soccer Pick Prediction for Villareal vs Real Sociedad
The home side is in a must-win situation, the visitors want to keep their non-losing streak going, and four of the league’s top scorers will be on the pitch. The over is offering a great price, and you should take it, but let’s add a little twist.
Questions Of The Day
Which team is favored to win the Villarreal vs Real Sociedad match?
Real Sociedad is favored to win thanks to being on a six game non-losing streak.
What are the handicap and moneyline odds for the Villarreal vs Real Sociedad game?
The handicap is pk (Ev) for Villarreal, pk (-120) for Real Sociedad. As for the moneyline, +240 for Villarreal and +110 for Real Sociedad.