Fifth place Real Sociedad will be looking to bounce back with a win as they host a struggling Real Betis.
Sociedad had won three consecutive games to Espanyol, Alaves and Sevilla before losing to Sevilla and Alaves, followed by a draw to Osasuna. Meanwhile, Real Betis finds itself at the 16th spot with just nine points on board.
Date- Sunday, October 20 | Kick-Off- 5:30 PM (IST) | Venue- Anoeta
Diego Llorente is ruled out of this game as he was sent off against Getafe. Asier Illarramendi will be on the sidelines due to an injury.
As a result of Llorente’s suspension, Igor Zubeldia will be dropping to centre-back for the hosts. Zubeldia should be accompanied by Monreal, Elustondo and Zaldua in defence. Merino, Guevara, and Odegaard are likely to be in midfield three. Whereas, Oyarzabal, Jose and Portu could lead the attack,
Portuguese International, William Carvalho is out until December after undergoing surgery recently. Wilfrid Kaptoum and Juanmi are doubtful to feature against Sociedad.
With Carvalho unavailable, Andres Guardado and Sergio Canales should accommodate central midfield. Nabil Fekir and Joaquin are expected to play on the flanks, while Iglesias and Moron should be the forward options.
Real Sociedad- Moya; Monreal, Elustondo, Zubeldia, Zaldua; Merino, Guevara, Odegaard; Oyarzabal, Jose, Portu
Real Betis- Robles; Moreno, Sidnei, Mandi, Emerson; Fekir, Guardado, Canales, Joaquin; Iglesias, Moron
In the last six meetings between the two sides, both teams have won one game each, whereas four games have ended on level terms during that period.
Real Sociedad is undefeated in its last 12 home matches against Real Betis in all competitions.
Real Sociedad has scored two or more goals in six of their last seven home matches versus Real Betis in all competitions.
Martin Odegaard and Mikel Oyarzabal have been vital for Real Sociedad this season. Odegaard has scored twice and assisted twice in his eight appearances. While Oyarzabal has scored four and assisted two this season.
For Real Betis, Loren Moren has been instrumental this season with six goals in seven appearances. Nabil Fekir has also chipped in with a couple of goals in six games.
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