PREVIEW & PREDICTION – Real Sociedad vs Salzburg 15/02/2018

PREVIEW & PREDICTION – Real Sociedad vs Salzburg 15/02/2018

Real Sociedad and Salzburg meet in the Municipal Stadium of Anoeta, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never faced each other before. Attention to the house factor, since the Real Society usually conquer different results at home and abroad.

The home team got access to this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals) after the 2nd place won in Group L, with a total of 12 points. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 25 goals scored and 25 conceded; against 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses at their stadium, with 34 goals scored and 29 suffered. In the last match they played, for the First Division, they lost to Real Madrid by (5-2). In the last 10 home matches Real Sociedad has a record of 4 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 6 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 23 of the last 26 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 18 out of 26 have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times and never got the comeback.

The Real Sociedad comes to this game with a heavy defeat against Real Madrid, by 5-2, adding in this way the fifth snub in the last six games played. It is important to emphasize that the locals are experiencing many difficulties this season. In this home match coach Eusebio must act in the usual tactical system, that is, the 4-3-3, privileging possession of the ball and organized attacks. Because it is a one-leg game, the Real Sociedad must align in maximum strength. Willian José is the great star of this formation, with 16 goals scored, however, will be absent due to injury. In addition to this player, the coach does not have Carlos Martínez and Januzaj, both due to injury.

The visiting team got access to this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals) after the 1st place won in Group I, with a total of 12 points. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 6 draws and 1 loss in away matches, with 24 goals scored and 11 conceded; against 11 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 42 goals scored and 7 conceded. In their last match, for the Bundesliga, they beat Rheindorf Altach by (0-1). In the last 4 away matches for the UEFA Europa League they have 2 wins and 2 draws.

For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 4 away matches. Defensive consistency has been one of their best features, as they have only conceded goals in 2 of the last 8 matches, and their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 6 of the last 8 matches for this competition. In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 5 of their 11 goals between minutes (16′-30 ‘).

The Salzburg party for this game with a victory in the Altach, by 0-2, thus adding the following consecutive victory in the Austrian championship. In this away game, coach Marco Rose must act with a defensive strategy, looking only for the counterattack to explore the back of the opponent’s defense. It is important to note that visitors have competence in fast transitions: Berisha is very fast and excellent in transporting the ball to other people’s land. Munas Dabbur is the best score of Salzburg, with 18 goals scored in several competitions. For this game the visiting coach can not count on Ramalho, Wolf, Caleta and Leigeb, all injured.

PREDICTION: Real Sociedad to win @ 1.80