All eyes will be on Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday when Villarreal and Real Sociedad face each other in a highly-anticipated La Liga fixture. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and bonuses in the Spanish top-flight league.
Top-Four Race on Fire
Villarreal suffered European disappointment after losing 1-0 to Anderlecht in the second leg of their last-16 clash in the Europa Conference League, which saw them exit the tournament 2-1 on aggregate. The Yellow Submarine was considered one of the competition’s favorites, but they now only have league football to focus on for the remainder of the campaign, which could help them secure a top-six finish.
Villarreal’s recent form in Spain’s top flight has been impressive, picking up 10 points from their last four matches courtesy of wins over Getafe, Almeria, and Osasuna and a draw with Real Betis. However, Quique Setien’s side has some difficult fixtures to come, with their two games at the start of April seeing them welcome fourth-placed Real Sociedad before visiting the reigning champs Real Madrid.
The Yellow Submarine aim to build on a 3-0 win over Osasuna, but Sunday’s clash will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Gerard Moreno, who limped off with an injury in the last league match, is a major doubt, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team. It’s risky to back one of the two teams here, so if you’re betting online, you should expect an entertaining match with goals from both sides.
Impressive Domestic Season
Fresh from Europa League’s disappointment, top-four hopefuls Real Sociedad will continue their La Liga campaign on the road against Villarreal. Real Sociedad hurled everything at Roma to try to overcome the two-goal deficit in Rome a week ago. Still, despite 19 shots in the match, they were unable to break down a defense typically well-organized by Jose Mourinho in a goalless draw in the Reale Arena. The Basque outfit must now focus on La Liga, where they are bidding to secure a top-four finish for the first time in 10 years.
Real Sociedad has been one of the success stories of Spanish football in recent years. Their progress is widely attributed to their outstanding academy and ability to produce their own talent. Imanol Alguacil’s side has enjoyed a strong campaign to date, picking up 48 points from their 26 matches to sit fourth in the table. Still, they are only three points ahead of fifth-placed Real Betis and seven of Sunday’s opponents Villarreal. They faced no difficulties in a 2-0 win over Elche just before the international break, but they will have much bigger fish to fry against Villarreal.
Both Umar Sadiq and Martin Merquelanz are sidelined with injuries, while Mikel Merino and Carlos Fernandez are back from suspensions. Real Sociedad has been excellent away from home this season, but we will not include them in our La Liga picks and parlays.
Villarreal vs Real Sociedad Head-to-Head
Sociedad managed to win the last two head-to-heads against Villarreal, including the 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture. Villarreal is one of the best home teams in the league, with seven wins in 12 games in front of their fans and just 10 goals conceded. On the other side, Real Sociedad has been amazing on the road, with eight wins in 13 games and 20 goals scored in the process.
Villarreal vs Real Sociedad Match Information
- Match: Villarreal (12-5-9) vs Real Sociedad (14-6-6)
- Location: Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal
- Day/Time: Sunday, April 2, 12:30 p.m. ET
- Villarreal vs Real Sociedad Live Stream: fubo.tv
Villarreal vs Real Sociedad Betting Lines
Villarreal vs Real Sociedad Picks and Prediction
The hosts enter this clash as slight favorites, priced at +135 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest La Liga odds, while the goal line is set at 2½.
This is a great opportunity for Villarreal to close the gap on the Champions League spots, but given Sociedad’s away form, it will be risky to back one of the two sides. This is the first match after the international break, so we expect the two sides to have issues at the back. On top of that, both sides are fully packed with great talents in the final third, so they should be able to find the back of the net.
The Villareal are listed at +135 in our Vegas La Liga lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Villareal, you have a chance to win $135. The Real Sociedad are +220, offering a chance to win $220 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Villareala 42.55% chance to win, with Real Sociedad at 31.25%.