Preview - Real Sociedad vs Girona 23 October 18

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Match Day 9
Real Sociedad vs Girona
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anoeta

Real Sociedad:   
Last five matches form: L W D L W
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Willian José (3)

Last five matches form: W D L D L
Average goals per match: 1.25
Average goals against per match: 1.63
Top Scorer: Christhian Stuani ( 8 )
It's off to Basque country for the last of the Match Day 9 fixtures in La Liga as Real Sociedad play host to Girona.

This game didn't go well for Girona last season with Sociedad running out 5-0 winners. The reverse game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Both sides have a few missing for this one. Martín Merquelanz, Mikel Merino and Joseba Zaldua are all injured for Sociedad who also have Theo Hernández suspended. Johan Mojica, Gorka Iraizoz and Álex Granell are the Girona absentees.

Fans can expect to at least be in for a reasonably entertaining encounter here with 14 of Real Sociedad's last 15 home games in La Liga featuring three or more goals. Winless in their past three at the Anoeta they will be keen to put an end to that run here.

The home side may not have it all their own way though, for whilst Girona have been woeful in front of their own fans of late - just one win in ten - they have been pretty good on the road in La Liga - winning three and drawing three of their past six, including a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou.

Sociedad were good last time out at Bilbao and will likely win this if attaining a similar level of performance. That's far from a given though and Girona have avoided defeats against tougher opponents then this in recent weeks. This looks like a draw.

Prediction: Real Sociedad 1 - 1 Girona


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  11 - 5
Shots on target: 6 - 1
Corner Kicks: 7 - 6
Possession: 51% - 49%

Kevin Rodrigues, Illarramendi ad Aritz Elustondo were all booked for the home side in this one. Pedro Porro was the only Girona player to have his name taken by referee Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes.

Stalemate in Sociedad as neither side could find a way through to goal. Girona will no doubt be much happier with this point than their hosts having mustered just the one shot on target in the game. Sociedad were undoubtedly the better side on the night but on this day were unable to turn their superiority into points.

The home side made the early running. Jon Bautista forcing Bono into making a good fingertip save when firing on goal from twenty yards.

Sandro Ramirez then went even closer when sending a 25 yarder against the foot of the post.

The second half was a similar story of concerted pressure from the home side. Sandro once again being denied when played in on the left of the area. His strike this time being kept out by a combination of the goalkeeper and the post.

For their part Girona seemed largely happy to sit back and soak up the pressure, relying on the occasional counter attack or set piece for any chance which may come their way. Those chances were few and far between, although they did go close when a late corner was swung in from the right. Had that glanced header have gone in rather than wide though it would have been something of an injustice. All square at the end of ninety minutes.

Real Sociedad drop to ninth spot at the end of Match Day 9. Girona lie in 15th.

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