Preview: Real Betis vs. Real Sociedad

Preview: Real Betis vs. Real Sociedad

Fresh off the back of securing their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League, Real Sociedad travel to the Benito Villamarin Stadium to face Real Betis on Sunday.

The hosts, who also progressed to the next round of the Europa League, will be seeking to build on their impressive victory over Barcelona and continue their winning streak in the league.

Real Betis’ blistering run of results took a halt last time out when they fell to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Celtic in Group C of the Europa League last Thursday.

With the scores level heading into the closing stages of the game, 22-year-old midfielder David Turnbull calmly converted from 12 yards to hand the Scottish side all three points.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men now head home where they picked up their first win over Barcelona in three seasons courtesy of Juanmi’s 79th-minute strike on December 4.

Real Betis, who head into Sunday’s game on a three-game winning streak in the La Liga, have picked up 30 points from 16 games and are currently third on the log, nine points behind first-place Real Madrid.

Their solid start to the season has been owing to their impressive display away from home, where they boast the division’s second-best record with 16 points from eight games.

Meanwhile, Real Sociedad secured their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League as they claimed an emphatic 3-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven in their group finale last time out.

In a game where Imanol Alguacil Barrenetxea’s men needed all three points to secure qualification, Mikel Oyarzabal netted twice to put the hosts in a commanding position before Alexander Sorloth completed the rout in the 93rd minute.

Real Sociedad now turn their attention to the La Liga, where they have failed to pick up a win in any of their last three games, losing twice and claiming one draw since a 2-0 win over Osasuna on November 7.

This slump in form has seen the White and Blues drop to fifth place on the log, level on 29 points with Atletico Madrid in the final Champions League spot.

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We say: Real Betis X-Y Real Sociedad
Both sides find themselves in the upper echelons of the La Liga standings after an impressive start to the season. Real Betis, who have won their last three league games on the spin, head into the game as the more in-form side and we are tipping them to come away with all three points, albeit by a narrow margin.

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