In form Sociedad to march on past Valladolid
High-flying Real Sociedad travel to 15th placed Real Valladolid in their bid to earn back to back victories after a dominant 4-1 demolition of Eibar took place at the Anoeta Stadium on Saturday. The fortunes of the hosts have not been so fruitful of late having drawn a blank thrice on the bounce after showing promise in beating Mallorca 3-0 at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla previously. The Whites and Blues come into this one as slight favourites despite Valladolid being strong at home so far this season and will be looking to kick on having shown a lot of promise in being the La Liga surprise package of 2019/20.
Pucelle began their campaign extremely consistently at home with two wins and three draws before losing out 1-0 to Sevilla on November 24. An Ever Banega penalty was the one crushing blow after just 13 minutes in what was a very frustrating evening, where they could only muster one shot on target. A notable deduction from the starting has been Turkey international Enes Unal in the last two matches, the 22-year-old Villarreal loanee striker has three goals in as many starts for club and country, the home faithful will be hoping his reintroduction can spark some form into Sergio’s men.
It is very tight, but Sociedad are just inside the Champions League qualification spots on goal difference holding off Athletic Bilbao with Atletico Madrid, Getafe and Valencia making up the chasing pack three points or less behind them. Having waxed lyrical about skipper Mikel Oyarzabal and Martin Odegaard in winning bets against Real Betis and Sevilla, it is time to talk about some of their unsung heroes.
Willian Jose is the club’s top scorer with seven in the league, he joined in 2016 following at impressive loan spell at Las Palmas from Maldonado in Uruguay. The Brazilian is coming into his prime at 28 years of age, and has scored in each of his last two games including against his former employers, Real Madrid, in a 3-1 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Mikel Merino has contributed two goals and one assist from defensive midfield duties so far this campaign and has the distributive ability to constantly stretch Valladolid on Sunday afternoon. An incredible bargain for just £12million from Newcastle United in 2018, the cultured Spaniard has developed into a real asset for Imanol Alguacil and should improve even more onto the conveyor belt of classy midfielders on offer to the Spanish national team.
Portu has been epic coming off the right flank in 2019/20 adding to the Whites and Blues well-rounded attacking contingent with four goals and four assists. Signing from relegated Girona in the summer for £10million where he scored 10 goals last season in tandem with La Liga’s fifth top goal getter Christian Stuani, the pair stood out like a saw thumb, equating to over 75% of the side’s goals. He completes Alguacil’s frightening front three that will cause havoc against a Valladolid team worryingly looking over their shoulders.
It will be another comfortable win for the Whites and Blues who are 13/4 to win with an Asian handicap of -1 on Unibet if you are feeling daring.
Real Valladolid – Real Sociedad Betting Tip
Real Sociedad to Win with Unibet at odds of 7/5.