Preview - Sevilla vs Real Sociedad 05 May 2018

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Match Day 36
Sevilla vs Real Sociedad
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium

Last five matches form: D D D L L
Average goals per match: 1.24
Average goals against per match: 1.59
Top Scorer: Luis Muriel (7)

Real Sociedad:
Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.80
Average goals against per match: 1.57
Top Scorer: Willian José (14)

Having gone pretty well for most of the campaign in La Liga, and also had an inspiring run in the Champions League, quite what has happened to Sevilla of late is something of a mystery. Was it the now departed Vicenzo Montella's tactics? Or is it a long season simply taking its toll? Whatever the cause, they head into this clash on a run which was seen them fail to win in nine in all competitions and slump right out of the European qualifying places. Now down to eighth, any hope of Champions League football next term has gone, but they are just a point adrift of the Europa league places if they can get their act together.

Real Sociedad in contrast arrive in just about their best form of the season. Winners of four of their last five in La Liga, they now have realistic European aspirations of their own. A win here would actually take them above their hosts and to the brink of Europa League qualification.

Simon Kjaer looks to be a slight doubt for Sevilla, whilst Sociedad must do without the suspended Rubén Pardo.

As much as Real Sociedad have been on a good run of late, their record away in La Liga is poor. One win in their past 13 certainly doesn't make for particularly encouraging reading.

Sevilla's slump surely cant go on for ever, and overall I just fancy them to get a win on the board here in Joaquin Caparros's first game in charge.

Prediction: Sevilla 2 - 1 Real Sociedad


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 16 - 11
Shots on target: 6 - 1
Corner Kicks: 6 - 4
Possession: 41% - 59%

Miguel Layun, Ever Banega, Pablo Sarabia and Gabriel Mercado were booked for the home side. Referee Jaime Latre also taking the names of Real Sociedad's David Zurutuza and Willian Jose.

If new coach Joaquin Caparros was looking for a positive reaction from his players in his first game in charge, he certainly got one. Sevilla showing great commitment and determination throughout. Having restricted Real Sociedad to just one shot on target in the game, they may have needed a spot kick to claim the spoils, but its hard to argue that they didn't deserve it.

The home side began on the front foot and looked to have a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 13th minute. Pablo Sarabia clean through on  goal with only the keeper to beat. Sarabia opted for the lob but Miguel Angel Moya stood tall to block.

Sociedad began to wake up as the half wore on and created a couple of opportunities of their own. Adnan Janusaj placing a header over the bar when very well place and Mikel Oyarzabal dancing into the area but hitting his effort within the reach of David Soria.

Sandro then went desperately close when getting his toe to an Ever Banega cross only to see Moya save from point blank range. Great stop. 0-0 at the break.

The crucial moment in the game came at the start of the second half. Nolito playing in Sandro in the left hand corner of the box. There was little need to challenge as he did, but Diego Llorente nevertheless bundled over the forward, giving the referee little choice but to point to the spot. Ever Banega the man given the responsibility and making no mistake in finding the bottom left corner.

Moya again denied Pablo Sarabia, this time with an excellent one-handed stop as Sevilla pushed for a second, In the end they didn't need it though. 1-0 final score.

An important result in the race for the Europa League places this one, propelling Sevilla back up into the final qualifying position and effectively ending Real Sociedad's hopes. Sociedad stay tenth but are now six points adrift of Sevilla having played a game more.

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