Determined to Bounce Back
Real Sociedad opened the 2022-23 season with a great road victory. However, on Matchday 2, Los Blanquiazules played host to Barcelona and got crushed. That sent them to 11th place, and losing to Elche on Saturday could send them to the relegation zone.
Speaking of Elche, only Cadiz and Getafe have had a worse start. Los Franjiverdes will be looking for their first victory. Last season, they were considerably better when playing at home. Even so, they come in as the betting online underdogs.
Elche: Calling the Ghostbusters
Last season, Elche finished 13th, only four points away from the relegation zone. They currently sit in 18th place, meaning ghosts of futures past have already begun to haunt their facilities.
Los Franjiverdes opened the season in Seville. They visited Real Betis and lost 3-0. They only took two shots on target and finished with only 27 percent of possession. As if that wasn’t enough, defensive midfielder John Donald was sent off. He won’t be able to return until Matchday 4.
Last Monday, Elche made its home debut and suffered more than expected, especially considering that Almeria played with one player less since the 32nd minute. Los Franjiverdes came from behind to at least save a point. Alex Collado scored the equalizer. That’s great news for the team as Collado signed barely two weeks ago.
As mentioned before, Elche was considerably better at home last season. Seven of their 11 victories were at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero. Additionally, compared to road games, they scored eight more goals and allowed 10 less. That’s what makes Los Franjiverdes a tempting soccer betting underdog, especially at +390. There’s also the fact that they’ve no major injury concerns.
Real Sociedad: Better than That
Real Sociedad isn’t atop the Las Vegas odds to win the title, but Los Blanquiazules could be considered as one of the top dark horses. That’s why it was kind of a surprise watching them lose 4-1 to Barcelona.
I did expect Barcelona to win, but I also expected la Real to put up a better fight. In fact, I still believe Los Blanquiazules are better than that. First of all, their attacking unit includes three very skillful players in David Silva, Alexander Isak and Takefusa Kubo. Second of all, their defensive unit is quite competent as well. Last season, only three teams allowed less goals than them. Summing up, we’re talking about a well-balanced team.
As if that wasn’t enough, last season, Los Blanquiazules scored more goals on the road (24) than at home (16). After being humiliated by Barcelona, Los Blanquiazules will attack from start to end. That’s the main reason for them to control the odds board at -115. That’s also the main reason for you to consider including them in your soccer picks. Considering recent history between the two, Real Sociedad owns a 6-1-1 record in their last eight encounters, so investing only $115 to win $100 is a very enticing deal.
Elche vs Real Sociedad Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 42
- Elche Victories: 10 (46 goals)
- Real Sociedad Victories: 23 (68 goals)
- Draws: 9
Last season, Real Sociedad won both La Liga meetings, but Elche didn’t go down without a fight. First, Los Blanquiazules won 1-0 in San Sebastian thanks to Mikel Oyarzabal, who scored 10 minutes prior to the end of the game. Later, they came from behind to win 2-1 in Elche. Alexander Sorloth and Robin Le Normand scored in an eight-minute span.
Los Franjiverdes defeated Real Sociedad for the last time in the 2014-15 season.
Elche vs Real Sociedad Game Information
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 27
- Time: 11:30 a.m. ET
- Location: Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero, Elche
- Elche vs Real Sociedad Live Stream: fuboTV
Elche vs Real Sociedad Betting Lines
|Real Sociedad||-½ -115||-115||2+125u||1½+115o
Elche vs Real Sociedad Prediction
This is a great opportunity for Real Sociedad to bounce back. Elche is considerably better when playing at home, but Los Blanquiazules’ experience and depth will make the difference. Isak and Kubo will be too much for Los Franjiverdes’ defense to contain. In the last eight meetings between the two, la Real scored 16 goals while Elche had only three. Don’t defy the odds, that’s the bottom line.
Score Prediction: Real Sociedad 2, Elche 0