Sevilla and Real Sociedad Compete for a European League BerthPublished May 5, 2017 by Florin P
Sevilla chases elusive third place that grants direct qualification to the Champions League group stages (8:00 p.m UK Time).
Sevilla has suffered a disappointing defeat against Malaga on Monday and its chances to secure the third place have reduced dramatically. They are still well positioned to finish in the fourth place, but they need to put an end to this unexpected side. The top priority is to claim all three points against Real Sociedad and they have a team in good shape for this task. The visitors are also motivated to win the match, since they need to overtake Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal.
Home Pitch Advantage Is Essential for Sevilla
The fact that they conceded four goals on the road is yet another reminder of how important it is for Sevilla to play in front of its fans. On the road, they don’t represent much of a threat and many of their opponents have found a way to push them into a corner. Things are going to be very different when they play at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in front of a sold-out crowd.
Offensively, very little will change in the starting formation, as the hosts are expected to start with three strikers. They still have the best home record of all Spanish teams and managed to defeat some of the top opponents. The only ones that defeated them at home were the amazing players from Barcelona, which are one class above what Real Sociedad can throw at them.
Long Winning Streak for Real Sociedad
The visitors have won the last three games and scored a combined six goals, so they have high expectations from this match. They have more reasons to be confident now after their opponents suffered a crushing defeat on the road against Malaga.
For punters, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of better-than-expected odds on the home side to prevail. bet365 Sports will offer odds of 7/10 on Sevilla, so take them today before they inevitably drop.