Real Sociedad v Valencia: LaLiga Match-day 13

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Real at home against Valencia – Sunday – 4:15pm GMT – The Reale Arena.

It’s a trip to the Reale Arena for fifth placed Real on Sunday, as they take on tenth placed Valencia.

Real Sociedad’s campaign so far has seen them accrue 22 points this season

Real must take a positive approach to this game, if they are to get anything out of, following their recent defeat to Real Betis at Reale Arena.

Also, Real keep finding ways to win, having secured five victories in their last seven matches is astonishing this season. With 22 points (7W, 4L and 1D), they are established in fifth position in the League having won seven meetings, drawn one game, and lost four games.

Real have won three matches, drawn one game, and lost two meetings of their six League matches at home this season.

Winning this fixture will see Real Sociedad on 25 points.

Real’s squad will likely be depleted of ten of their key players when they start on Sunday, due to injury or illness.

With the LaLiga season well into its stride, Valencia have managed to gain 15 points

If Valencia’s season is to maintain on track, they must put their recent poor form to an end in this game. In their last two outings, they lost 0-1 at Barcelona and 1-2 at Mallorca.

Also, some statistics are more relevant than others they say, and two losses for Valencia seems very relevant. Their position is tenth in the League and they have 15 points, that is, 4W, 5L and 3D having won four matches, drawn three meetings, and lost five fixtures.

Playing away from home, Valencia have won one game, drawn two meetings, and lost two matches.

A win in this fixture would take Valencia’s points to 18 in the League.

Good Attacking Performance

Valencia have a good scoring record this season, with 18 netted so far (16 from open play and two penalties). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Edinson Cavani (4), Samu Castillejo (2), and Mouctar Diakhaby (2). Valencia have conceded 14 goals.

Gennaro Gattuso could be missing up to six of their players through injury or illness for the game on Sunday.

Real Sociedad v Valencia – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels the recent form between these two sides has seen Valencia with a greater number of wins. In the last 52 meetings, they have enjoyed 20 victories, to Real’s 15 victories. In addition, the last 18 games against Valencia have resulted in nine wins for Real. Their most recent encounter in this competition was February 2022 and the score line ended up with a 0-0 draw.

Players to watch

For Real, Brais Mendez contributed withfive goals in 12 League fixtures this season, while Edinson Cavani, one of their best scorers, has nettedfour goals in 12 League games so far for Valencia.

Other players of note for Real are Alexander Sorloth and Take with three goals and two goals respectively and for Valencia are Edinson Cavani and Samu Castillejo with four goals both.