Deportivo Tries to End Slide When They Travel to Real Sociedad

Published January 16, 2016 by Florin P

Deportivo Tries to End Slide When They Travel to Real Sociedad

Positive head-to-head record bolsters Deportivo ahead of Real Sociedad visit (11:00 p.m UK Time).

Deportivo had an extremely busy schedule, with four games over the last two weeks and they failed to win any of them. Winning on the road at Real Sociedad would mean a great deal for the visitors, but their priority right now is to simply end the slide. The hosts have higher expectations and hope to win back-to-back victories for the first time in two months, but they need to push for victory without key players.

Tough Games in 2016 for Both Teams

Deportivo and Real Sociedad were rather unsuccessful this January, but there is an explanation for their recent struggles. Both of them played against Villarreal and Real Madrid and were defeated, yet La Coruna was unlucky to drop points against the Yellow Submarine. Poor defensive effort cost them 2 points in the final seconds of overtime, so manager Sanchez will reinforce the backline for this fixture.

He has plenty of reasons to improve the defensive performance of his team, after getting hammered by Real Madrid over the weekend. Deportivo allowed five unanswered goals despite having superior ball possession and sending more shots at the opposing goal.

Real Sociedad Roster Stretched to the Limit

Jonathas scored both goals against Valencia within three minutes, leading his team to victory, but overall Real Sociedad was not the better side. The hosts can’t rely on luck once again against Deportivo and will need to put more pressure upfront, if they hope the visitors’ backline will crack.

The problem for the home side is that it lacks some of its best players, including top goalscorer Agirretxe, who is still on the injury list. Jonathas is guaranteed to play the entire 90 minutes after his convincing performance against Valencia and is likely to be joined by Vela. The latter is coming back after a lengthy break caused by an injury, so he is unlikely to play at 100%. Punters will find the even odds offered by bet365 Sports quite tempting, for the double chance wager on Deportivo.

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