When Real Sociedad welcomes Omonia to the Estadio Anoeta on Thursday, they will be playing for a victory in the Europa League matchup against Omonia. Real Sociedad is currently undefeated in the group stage of the Europa League. In the meanwhile, the away team is trying to keep from suffering a loss for the third time in a row in all competitions.
Match Preview: Real Sociedad vs Omonia
Real Sociedad won 1-0 at Old Trafford in their first group game last Thursday, two-and-a-half years after falling 4-0 to Manchester United in the Europa League knockout stages.
Lisandro Martinez was penalized for a handball after David Silva’s shot, and Brais Mendez scored from 12 yards to secure the game.
Imanol Alguacil’s squad lost 2-1 against Getafe on Sunday despite their midweek win. Mendez scored again, his third goal in four games across all competitions, but Erreala lost their second league game.
Real Sociedad have won just two of their past 10 Europa League games at Estadio Anoeta. Sociedad has never played Cypriot opposition in a meaningful match, but they’re optimistic about beating Omonia on Thursday.
Omonia lost 3-0 at home to Sheriff Tiraspol in their Europa League opener last week. The Cypriot team, nicknamed ‘The Queen,’ has lost all seven of its European away matches in the past two years.
The Cypriot Cup champions, guided by former Celtic manager Neil Lennon, lost 2-1 at Apollon Limassol last Sunday, dropping them six points behind the First Division leaders after just three matches. Omonia will meet Spanish opponents for the first time since losing to Granada in the Europa League two years ago.
Team News: Real Sociedad vs Omonia
Umar Sadiq, a striker for Real Sociedad, is the most recent player to join the club’s expanding list of injured players. He might be out of action for as long as a month after suffering a knee injury against Getafe the previous weekend and twisting his right knee.
In addition to Mikel Oyarzabal and Martin Merquelanz, Carlos Fernandez is also out with a hamstring injury and Mikel Oyarzabal has an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Robin Le Normand and Diego Rico both have head injuries and are questionable for the match.
The eighteen-year-old Mohamed-Ali Cho is the most likely candidate to replace Sadiq and join Alexander Sorloth in attack, while Mendez and Silva could be recalled at the expense of Benat Turrientes and Takefusa Kubo, respectively.
In defense, the position of Sadiq is the most likely spot to go to the twenty-one-year-old Mohamed-Ali Cho. Concerning Omonia, new signing Gary Hooper served as an unused replacement over the weekend; nevertheless, there is a possibility that he may make his debut on Thursday and play with Bruno Felipe in the attack.
Nemanja Miletic, Adam Lang, and Nikolas Panayiotou are the most probable trio to start at center-back for Lennon, while Adam Matthews and skipper Jan Lecjaks might remain as wing-backs for the team. Lennon is planning to keep the 3-5-2 configuration that he has been using for the last few games.
- The Following Players Might Start for Real Sociedad: Remiro, Gorosabel, Elustondo, Pacheco, Munoz, Mendez, Zubimendi, Merino, D. Silva, Cho, Sorloth.
- Omonia’s Potential Starting Lineup: Fabiano, Miletic, Lang, Panayiotou, Matthews, Diskerud, Cassama, Charalambous, Lecjaks, Hooper, Felipe.
Our Prediction: Real Sociedad 3-0 Omonia
Real Sociedad still has a great deal of skill in the last third of the field, despite the fact that Sadiq is not playing for them, and they should have no trouble breaking through Omonia’s defensive line.
On Thursday, we anticipate that the hosts will win with ease, despite the fact that the guests will be working hard to improve their performance from the previous week.
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