The Copa del Rey final retakes centre stage in Spain, but there is an interest for those wishing to keep up with an enthralling battle for the La Liga prizes. Eight games will be played in the top tier of Spanish football on Sunday. Our team focuses on Real Sociedad vs Sevilla, which is set for a 13:00 GMT kick-off in this article.
Sunday will be the second time this season these teams have faced off in competitive action. The previous encounter took place back in January and produced a jaw-dropping five-goal thriller. Sevilla made their home advantage count on that occasion when sneaking the three points courtesy of a 3-2 win. Sevilla hasn’t lost to Sociedad since December 2017, and, interestingly, two of the last three meetings have ended 3-2. Armchair fans across planet football would welcome another.
Must-win match for Sociedad
Real Sociedad started this match fifth in the La Liga table and hoped to improve a place to secure Champions League football. That seems unlikely, however, as they are 11 points behind Sevilla in fourth. Anything less than a win here will ensure Sociedad will miss out on Europe’s elite competition and, most likely, qualify for the Europa League. The players camped inside the home dressing room know exactly what’s at stake here.
Sociedad starts this match on a poor run of form that has seen them go four games without a win. They have claimed only two of the last dozen points available to them, drawing each of their previous two games. Another share of the spoils wouldn’t do them any favours in this game, and fans know it.
Sevilla must hold their ground
Sevilla starts the weekend in fourth place with 58 points on the board. They are miles off the pace of the top-three teams as Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and Barcelona fights it out for the title. That means Sevilla’s main aim between now and the finish line is to hold their ground and secure the top-four finish. They’d achieve that with a win in this game, and the players know what is expected of them.
Sevilla has the better form of the two teams involved in this match and is unbeaten in their last four. That purple patch is made up of three wins and a draw. They claimed victory last time out when beating leaders Atletico Madrid 1-0 at home in the upset result of the round. Sevilla may not win the title this season, but they will have a significant say in which team does finish on top.
Real Sociedad vs Sevilla prediction
All the pressure is on the home team here as they know they must win if they have any chance of finishing fourth. Sociedad holds the home advantage, but their recent form has been poor, and they must improve here.
Sevilla is 11 points clear of their opponents, so they could lose this match and still finish fourth. The visitors would much prefer to collect the three points and finish the race for fourth. They are undoubtedly good enough to do just that.
La Liga odds
Real Sociedad are 2.61 at 22bet with Sevilla 2.75 and the draw 3.26.
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