Match Time：1/9/2021 21:00 Saturday (GMT+8)
Sevilla is welcoming Real Sociedad to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in round 18 in the Spanish LaLiga.
Sevilla is in good form, and they have won 6 of their last 8 games while 2 ended in a draw. Sevilla’s defense has been particularly good this season, and they have conceded only 11 goals, and only Atletico Marid is better. With 27 points, 18 scored goals, and 11 conceded goals, Sevilla is now in 6th place in the LaLiga standings. Earlier this week Sevilla was playing in Copa del Rey, and they have won this match 0-2. In their last LaLiga game, Sevilla was playing against Betis on the road, and they were solid with 55% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 1 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and a decent 83% of the correct passes. After getting ahead in the 48th minute, Sevilla conceded a goal in the 53rd minute from the penalty spot. The final score of this match was 1-1 only because Betis missed their second penalty of the game. Sevilla is not scoring a lot of goals this season, and En-Nesyri is their leading goalscorer with only 5 goals. The defense alone will not be enough for Sevilla to reach the Champions League spot, and they will need a much better offense for the rest of the season.
After a fantastic start of the season, Sociedad is struggling massively, and they have won only 1 of their last 11 games. The good news for Sociedad is that they are slowly improving, and they haven’t lost in their last 2 games, but they have scored only 2 goals while conceding 1 goal. Despite their bad form, Sociedad is in 4th place with 30 points, 27 scored goals, and 13 conceded goals. Oyarzabal has been Sociedad’s best player with 7 goals and 3 assists, while Portu added 5 goals and 3 assists. Sangalli, Januzaj, and Silva are injured, while Illarramendi, Moya, Zaldua, Elustondo, and Monreal are all still questionable. Sociedad was playing against Osasuna in their last LaLiga game, and they were the better team with 62% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 7 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 75% of the correct passes. Sociedad conceded a goal in the 20th minute, but they got back into the game in the 46th minute. Despite their dominance, Sociedad wasn’t able to score a goal, and this game ended in a 1-1 draw. Sociedad is still in the Champions League spot, but unless they get their game under control, Sociedad will have a tough time staying there in the second half of the season.
Sevilla hasn’t lost any of their last 8 games, and they haven’t lost any of their last 4 home games against Real Sociedad. The trends are pretty even here, and this will be a tough game with Sevilla’s good defense, and Sociedad’s solid offense. I will give this one a shot at a draw.