Finishing in the La Liga top six means to qualify for a UEFA competition. For teams such as Real Sociedad and Osasuna, that would be like winning the title. That’s why this game is so important, because the winner will take a big step towards that goal.
Los Rojillos come in as the betting online underdogs at +360. Not a surprise considering they haven’t been able to defeat Real Sociedad since the 2011-12 season. Nevertheless, Los Blanquiazules have struggled a little when playing at home.
Real Sociedad: New Dynamic Duo
Real Sociedad are currently in fourth place with 26 points, only one less than Atletico Madrid. Los Blanquiazules have scored only 19 goals, worst among the top five, but they’ve allowed two or more goals in a game only twice.
Their last La Liga match was against Sevilla, and they managed to win 2-1 with Alexander Sorloth and Brais Mendez as the scorers. Los Blanquiazules dominated the game from start to end, winning possession with 69 percent and taking nine shots on target.
Mendez is one half of Real Sociedad’s dynamic duo. He has scored six goals, enough to be the team’s top scorer. The other half is Mikel Merino, who leads the league in assists with six. Merino has also scored one goal.
Curiously enough, Real Sociedad have won more games on the road (5-0-2) than at home (3-2-2). Even so, Los Blanquiazules dominate the soccer odds thanks to a -115 price, which is very tempting considering that Real Sociedad won seven of the last 10 meetings between the two.
Osasuna: Three Points Behind
Against all odds, Osasuna are currently sitting in eighth place with 23 points, meaning a victory could boost them up to fourth place. Los Rojillos have scored less goals than Real Sociedad with 16, but they’ve allowed three fewer goals (14).
Prior to the break for the 2022 World Cup, Los Rojillos put up a really good fight against Barcelona but still lost 2-1. Four days later, they crushed Fuentes 4-1 in the first round of the Copa del Rey.
Most recently, Los Rojillos defeated Arnedo in the second round of the domestic cup with Kike Garcia as Man of the Match after scoring a brace. Ruben Garcia also scored.
Regarding La Liga, Garcia has scored two goals, leaving Ezequiel Avila as the team’s top scorer with six goals. No other striker has scored more than one goal, meaning Garcia and Avila are the main reasons for you to consider including the visitors in your soccer picks. You could win $360 per every $100 wagered on them. Tempting enough considering they’re 2-2-2 when playing on the road. They only lost one of their last five.
Real Sociedad vs Osasuna Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 91
- Real Sociedad Victories: 48 (116 goals)
- Osasuna Victories: 24 (83 goals)
- Draws: 19
Last season, Real Sociedad had no trouble defeating Osasuna twice. Both games were close, but Los Rojillos couldn’t score. First, Los Blanquiazules won 2-0 on the road with Merino and Adnan Januzaj as the scorers. Later, they won 1-0 in San Sebastian with Aritz Elustundo as the scorer.
As mentioned before, Los Blanquiazules won seven out of their last 10 meetings with Los Rojillos. During that span, they averaged 2.1 goals per game and allowed less than one, which is why the total has gone under in seven of the last 10 encounters between the two.
Real Sociedad vs Osasuna Match Information
- Match: Real Sociedad vs Osasuna
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 31
- Time: 10:15 a.m. ET
- Location: Reale Arena, San Sebastian
- Real Sociedad vs Osasuna Live Stream: fuboTV
Real Sociedad vs Osasuna Betting Lines
Real Sociedad vs Osasuna Picks & Prediction
Like last season’s contests, I expect a back-and-forth battle. However, this time I expect both to score. That won’t be enough for the total to go over two goals, but it will be enough for you to cash in on the draw. That’s right, my online gambling advice is to bet on the draw, which is offering a +240 price. The first game after a long break is always tricky, which gives the visitors more chances of getting a positive result.