Espanyol and Real Sociedad Fight for a Europa League SpotPublished February 10, 2017 by Florin P
Surging Espanyol goes for all three points against Real Sociedad, a team they could leapfrog in the wake of a Friday night win. (7:45 p.m UK Time).
Espanyol was never a candidate for Europa League, but rather a team expected to struggle to avoid relegation. Home pitch performers has propelled them to new highs and the Catalans are now sitting comfortably in the first half. A victory over Real Sociedad would help them consolidate their position and even overtake the visitors.
Fatigue Takes Its Toll on Real Sociedad
The Basques had a very busy schedule recently, playing tough games in both the domestic league and the Spanish Cup. They took on Barcelona twice and lost of both occasions, while also losing to Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu. Their only victories came against Celta Vigo and Malaga, in matches where they managed to keep a clean sheet.
When the backline works as intended, Real Sociedad are a tough nut to crack and they’ll be playing the defensive card in this fixture. Not having home pitch advantage hurts their chances and right now players need to restore their strength. Fatigue is a real problem and 6 players are either doubtful or certain to miss due to injuries. Splitting points against Espanyol is not the best case scenario under these circumstances.
Espanyol Can Extend Winning Streak
The hosts are pushing for their fourth consecutive victory, what would arguably be their best performance this season. They count on the support of their fans and home pitch advantage to improve a head to head record that favors the visitors. Offensively, they are doing just fine and managed to win games largely because of their effectiveness in front of the goal.
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