Preview: Elche vs. Real Sociedad 

Preview: Elche vs. Real Sociedad 

Real Sociedad will be looking to bounce back from their heavy home defeat to Barcelona when they continue their La Liga campaign away to Elche on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors have picked up three points from their first two league games of the season, while Elche have collected one point from their opening two La Liga fixtures.

Elche finished 13th in La Liga last season, picking up 42 points from 38 matches, with the club operating in their third straight campaign in Spain’s top flight for the first time since the late 1970s.

Los Franjiverdes were only four points above the relegation zone, though, and it would not be a surprise to see them involved towards the bottom of the division this season.

Francisco’s side opened their 2022-23 La Liga campaign with a 3-0 defeat at Real Betis, but they did manage to pick up a point at home to Almeria last time out, with the two teams playing out a 1-1 draw.

Umar Sadiq sent Almeria ahead in the 23rd minute of the contest at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero, but Alex Collado levelled the scores in the 30th minute and that was how it finished.

Elche have actually lost each of their last four La Liga games against Real Sociedad, including a 2-1 defeat in the corresponding game last term, with their last top-flight victory over the Basque side coming in 2015.

Real Sociedad, meanwhile, made the perfect start to their 2022-23 season, recording a 1-0 victory over Cadiz, with new signing Takefusa Kubo scoring the only goal of the contest.

Imanol Alguacil’s side would have been looking to back up the success when they welcomed Barcelona last weekend, but it proved to be a difficult evening for the Basque outfit.

The two teams were level at 1-1 in the sixth minute, with Alexander Isak cancelling out an effort from Robert Lewandowski, but Xavi’s team scored three more times in the second half to record a 4-1 win in San Sebastian.

Real Sociedad finished sixth in La Liga last season, three points ahead of seventh-place Villarreal, while they were eight points behind fourth-place Sevilla, so the team will play in the Europa League this term.

The White and Blues will certainly be looking to challenge for a top-six finish once again, but it has been a relatively quiet transfer window for the club, with Brais Mendez, Momo Cho and Kubo the only additions, but there are expected to be more before the end of the transfer market.

Elche La Liga form:
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Real Sociedad La Liga form:
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We say: Elche 1-2 Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad will be determined to bounce back from their defeat to Barcelona last time out, and we are backing the Basque side to triumph. Elche are capable of making it a difficult game for the visitors, but we are tipping the Blue and Whites to collect all three points on Saturday.

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