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May 16, 2021 at 5.30pm UK at Estadio Anoeta
Real SociedadReal Sociedad
4-1
Real ValladolidReal Valladolid
Isak (6', 16'), Silva (28'), Januzaj (35' pen.)
Januzaj (59'), Bautista (63')
FT(HT: 4-0)
Maranhao (82')
Olaza (34'), Alcaraz (45+1'), Perez (57'), Maranhao (66')
Roberto (61')

Preview: Real Sociedad vs. Real Valladolid - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's La Liga clash between Real Sociedad and Real Valladolid, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Sergio's embattled Real Valladolid travel to the Basque Country this weekend for their must-win La Liga clash against Real Valladolid at the Estadio Nuevo Jose Zorrilla.

When these two sides last met, it was the first game week of the season and optimism was high, with the game eventually ending 1-1. With just two games left of the La Liga campaign, 25 points now separate the two sides, with Valladolid pursuing top-flight survival and La Real hoping to secure European football.


Match preview

Real Sociedad head coach Imanol Alguacil pictured in December 2020© Reuters

La Real's season has somewhat plateaued in recent months following the team's mid-season drop-off and poor run in the Europa League.

The fact that Imanol Alguacil's side were very much in the title race in November suddenly feels a very long time ago.

But La Real have fought a strong campaign, and they have picked up silverware along the way too.

However, recent league performances have been a mixed bag, with La Real losing three and winning three of their last six league games.

Against Atletico Madrid in midweek, La Real were beaten 2-1 by Diego Simeone's men, with Igor Zubeldia halving the deficit in the 83rd minute, making for a very tense last few minutes.

Against Valladolid, Alguacil's side come up against an entirely different outfit, but one which will be desperate for all three points.

Real Valladolid manager Sergio Gonzalez pictured on January 2020© Reuters

Valladolid have largely blown hot and cold this season, but it will come as no surprise to neutrals that the team are now flirting with relegation.

Currently 18th in the standings, with 31 points, Sergio's men do not realistically have to win this tie, but positive results for the teams around them would be a nightmare scenario for Valladolid.

Los Pucelanos have lost two of their last six league outings, drawing four in the process.

Sergio will no doubt be concerned that his side have taken a dip in recent weeks, right before the going gets really tough.

It will take something special for Valladolid to come away with the points this weekend.

Real Sociedad La Liga form:
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L

Real Valladolid La Liga form:
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • L



Team News

Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak pictured in June 2020© Reuters

The biggest loss for La Real ahead of this fixture is midfield maestro Mikel Merino, who remains sidelined due to injury.

Other absentees for Alguacil to contend with include Urko Gonzalez and Aihen Munoz.

Sergio is still expected to be without star-man Fabian Orellana, who has scored six goals and provided two assists this season.

Another absentee for Valladolid is defender Raul Garcia, who is out with a knee injury.

Real Sociedad possible starting lineup:
Alex Remiro; Zaldua, Elustondo, Sagnan, Monreal; Guridi, Zubimendi, Portu, Oyarzabal, Barrenetxea; Isak

Real Valladolid possible starting lineup:
Roberto; Janko, Bruno, Yamiq, Nacho; Fernandez, Plano, Fede, Mesa, Villa; Weissman


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We say: Real Sociedad 2-1 Real Valladolid

As the tussle at the foot of the table looks set to come to a head, Valladolid look like a side who could be on the way out. We think La Real will comfortably win this fixture, with Isak picking up a goal or two.



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