Las Palmas Welcomes Highly Motivated Real SociedadPublished February 24, 2017 by Florin P
Real Sociedad travel to Grand Canaria for a match that can decide their European path next season (7:45 p.m UK Time).
Las Palmas’ home invincibility ended abruptly 2 weeks ago when Sevilla won by the odd goal. Under no particular pressure, the hosts hope to return to their winning ways or at least salvage a point against Real Sociedad. The visitors are far more concerned about the outcome of this match, since they have a lot to win and lose. A victory would help them come closer to their goal of securing a Champions League berth.
No Injuries for the Home Side
Las Palmas has struggled with the absences of several key players throughout January. They have now returned to the standard starting formation and all their players have mended their injuries. This won’t change the starting formation too much, since they will continue to use two strikers. The upside is that the hosts have plenty of offensive midfielders capable of scoring goals, including Kevin Boateng.
All the last three games ended 0-1 and their opponents walked away with all three points. The home defeat was particularly frustrating, but essentially nothing has changed for Las Palmas. They are too far behind to hope for a place in Europa League and still far away from the relegation area.
A String of Tough Matches for Real Sociedad
At least on paper, Las Palmas is the easiest opponent that Real Sociedad faces this month. The difficult matches will continue in March and April promises to be truly brutal. That’s why the visitors are under pressure to claim all three points this afternoon. Ideally, they can capitalize on a Barcelona victory over Atletico Madrid and climb on the podium.
Real Sociedad was recently eliminated from Copa del Rey and all the pressure on players is showing. Defeating Las Palmas on the road is not an easy task and bookmakers are offering odds that are too small to cover the risks. That’s why punters should do the exact opposite and bet on the hosts to win at odds of 9/10 offered by bet365 Sports. The best part is that the bookie will refund the stakes if we have a draw.