Real Sociedad vs Espanyol: Prediction, Team News, Lineups

After a shaky start to the season, Real Sociedad vs Espanyol will take place on Sunday evening, and the team will be seeking to get back on track in La Liga action with a win. While the team playing at home is now in 11th place in the rankings, Espanyol is currently four spots and three points behind their opponents at home.

Match Preview: Real Sociedad vs Espanyol

Imanol Alguacil is not happy that Real Sociedad hasn’t won consecutive games in any of their seven matches this season.

Nonetheless, it would be cruel to be unduly critical of Sociedad at this point of the season, what with a draw against Atletico Madrid and a triumph against Manchester United under their belts.

Even though Sociedad finished the Europa League group stage with a perfect record, they still have a long way to go before they can rest easy in La Liga. Five goals in six games are not good enough for Los Txuri-Urdin, even if they no longer have to worry about Barcelona and Atletico.

Two of the goals have been scored by Brais Mendez, whose goal against Getafe proved to be a consolation in Sociedad’s 2-1 defeat.

Even if Espanyol are safe from relegation solely because of their superior goal differential, the atmosphere inside the RCDE Stadium is not uniformly gloomy. The team has played and won against Celta Vigo, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, and Sevilla, earning a total of four points.

There was a lot of dismay after the home loss to Rayo Vallecano, but Diego Martinez has cause to be optimistic about his team’s prospects. They’ve picked up all of their points on the road this year.

So it’s fair to say that this matchup is as even as it gets before the international break when both clubs will be looking to take some momentum into their respective domestic leagues.

Team News: Real Sociedad vs Espanyol

After Umar Sadiq sustained an injury that would sideline him for an extended period of time, Alguacil is now faced with the decision of how to replace the new summer recruit.

A recall for Mendez seems to be the most probable answer, although David Silva is also fighting for a chance after being an unused replacement in the Europa League. Mendez’s return looks to be the most likely solution.

After suffering a significant knee injury, Mikel Oyarzabal won’t even be considered for a comeback until at least the beginning of the following month. Despite Espanyol’s recent loss to Sevilla at home.

Manager Roberto Martinez is not likely to make any lineup changes for the next match. Ruben Sanchez, who plays on the right side of the field, and Nicolas Melamed, who plays on the wings, look to have the best chance of returning to the club.

  • These Players Might start for Real Sociedad: Remiro, Sola, Zubeldia, Pacheco, Munoz, Merino, Zubimendi, Turrientes, Mendez, Sorloth, Kubo.
  • Espanyol’s Probable Starting Lineup: Fernandez, Gil, Gomez, Cabrera, Olivan, Exposito, Souza, Puado, Darder, Braithwaite, Joselu.

Our Prediction: Real Sociedad 2-1 Espanyol

Everything points to this match being a tight one, and that’s not surprising considering the inconsistent play of both teams. Espanyol will be hoping that Sociedad is exhausted after their efforts on Thursday, but we believe that the home team should be able to do just enough to edge out the competition and move into the top half of the league.

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