Preview: Monaco vs. Real Sociedad

Preview: Monaco vs. Real Sociedad

Monaco head into their Group B fixture with Real Sociedad on Thursday evening knowing that victory will secure their place in the Europa League knockout stages.

While Sociedad are yet to lose any of their four group fixtures, defeat on Thursday may leave them requiring all three points on matchday six.

While his Monaco side sit all the way down in eighth position in Ligue 1, head coach Nico Kovac will never truly feel settled in his role at Stade Louis II.

Monaco are winless in their last three league games, Kovac’s side fighting back from two goals down against Lille at the weekend to add another point to their collection.

Nevertheless, the Monegasques have fared much better on the continent, putting together a four-match unbeaten streak and collecting eight points in the process.

Sociedad head into this contest having lost top spot in Spain’s top flight courtesy of a goalless draw against Valencia.

Nevertheless, Imanol Alguacil’s side managed to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 17 games, a run which has featured nine wins and eight draws.

Goals remain an issue for Los Txuri-Urdin, but they have conceded just four times during their last eight matches, two of which came at Atletico Madrid.

Alguacil will feel that Sociedad still have at least one more extra gear, and they may need to show that to ensure that their Europa League fate remains in their own hands heading into matchday six.

Monaco Europa League form:
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Monaco form (all competitions):
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We say: Monaco 1-1 Real Sociedad
With Graz still to come on matchday six, Kovac may not risk a defeat in search of all three points. With Sociedad potentially adopting the same mindset, do not be surprised to see this contest end in a low-scoring draw.

Despite the top three being separated by just three points, Monaco will book their spot in the knockout stages if they can get the better of the La Liga highflyers.

Kovac will hope that Wissam Ben Yedder can build on his goal against Lille with the Frenchman having netted just three times since the beginning of October.

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