Injury Rocks Real Sociedad
When Sevilla and Real Sociedad last met the match finished in a scoreless draw but expect something a little bit more exciting on Sunday. Sevilla desperately need all three points to stay in the title race while Real Sociedad are reeling from the loss of Mikel Oyarzabal to an ACL tear.
Sevilla are the favorites for Sunday’s match according to the soccer lines, but at longer than even odds.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Spain La Liga odds for Sevilla vs Real Sociedad. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Sevilla KO’d in Europa League
Sevilla, the most successful team in the history of the Europa League, were knocked out of the competition early by West Ham. Los Sevillistas took a 1-0 lead in the first leg of the Round of 16, but West Ham were simply the better side on Thursday in London. The Hammers were victorious 2-0 as Andriy Yarmolenko scored an extra-time winner.
With the loss, Sevilla have won just two of their last seven matches in all competitions and drew 1-1 with Rayo Vallecano in La Liga last Sunday. Even so, they’re still undefeated at home in La Liga and their only home loss all season came to Lille in the Champions League Group Stage.
It’s also worth noting that 12 of Sevilla’s 16 matches in 2022 have had fewer than three goals scored. They’ve been one of the best soccer picks for unders all season long
Real Sociedad Picking on Little Guys
Real Sociedad bounced back from a humbling 4-1 loss to Real Madrid with a 1-0 win over Alaves on Sunday. Substitute midfielder Martin Zubimendi scored the winner for the home side for their third victory in the last four La Liga matches.
It’s been a shutout or bust for Real Sociedad recently in La Liga. They’ve kept shutouts in seven of their last nine league matches but conceded four goals in each of the other two. Their form vs the rest of the top half in La Liga is incredibly concerning, though. They’ve only defeated 10th-place Celta Vigo twice and have gone 0-6-5 vs. other top-ten teams. By contrast, they’re 11-2-3 vs. the bottom ten.
As expected, RB Leipzig took care of business vs Real Sociedad and knocked them out of the Europa League 5-3 on aggregate. Five of Real Sociedad’s last 10 matches in La Liga are vs teams in the top 10, which could hurt their chances for European qualification next season.
Sevilla vs Real Sociedad Head-to-Head
These teams drew 0-0 in San Sebastian earlier this season. Sevilla have been the clear pick to bet online in this fixture in recent seasons and they’re undefeated in the last eight meetings. Sevilla completed a double over Real Sociedad last season with 3-2 and 2-1 wins.
Despite Sociedad’s struggles in this fixture, they’ve scored two goals in three of the last six meetings. Conversely, three of the last seven have finished in a scoreless draw.
Sevilla vs Real Sociedad Game Information
- Game: Sevilla FC (56 pts, second) vs. Real Sociedad (47 pts, sixth)
- Location: Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium
- Day/Time: Sunday, 1:30 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: fubo.tv
Sevilla vs Real Sociedad Betting Lines
Sevilla vs Real Sociedad Prediction
I do think Sevilla will continue their unbeaten run vs. Real Sociedad and their home unbeaten streak will live to see another day. They’re not a bad pick in the sportsbook at +110 but they’ve drawn more often than they’ve won lately.
Real Sociedad are listed at +300, which gives them an implied 25 percent chance of coming away with the victory. A draw is unsurprisingly seen as more likely, at +220.
If the total were to move to 2½, I’d hammer the under, but two goals seems about right for this matchup. Both Sevilla and Real Sociedad have only managed to score two goals once in their last six matches in all competitions.
Sevilla have an extensive injury list that includes starting defenders Diego Carlos and Marcos Acuna, midfielders Erik Lamela and Papu Gomez, winger Suso and backup defender Karim Rekik.
The biggest injury news of all is that Real Sociedad’s Oyarzabal tore his ACL and could miss the World Cup. Oyarzabal has nine league goals this season, five more than any Sociedad player.
Strangely, Real Sociedad are undefeated in six matches without him this season, going 3-0-3 and averaging 1.5 goals per game. David Silva and Aihen Munoz are also out for the visitors.
This has the look of a close match but Sevilla have won their last four matches at home and Sociedad’s most potent attacking threat is out. Take Sevilla to bounce back from its midweek defeat and win at favorable +110 odds.