Real Sociedad vs Espanyol Preview

Real Sociedad vs Espanyol

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – Estadio Anoeta

Date: 23rd October 2017

Kick-off time – 19:00 GMT

Real Sociedad are arguably the most entertaining team in La Liga this season.

They are a team that is full of goals scorers from every area of the pitch as can be seen by the fact that their two centre backs have 7 goals among them this season.

They are very entertaining to watch but they can be very generous defensively also which has seen them concede almost as many goals as they have scored.

Mikel Oyarzabal has been very impressive down the left of attack as a youngster.  He is in line to be nominated for the Golden boy next year if he continues his rapid development that has seen him score 4 goals already.

William Jose scored 4 goals in one game against Vardar in midweek and should provide them with enough threat in this game with his 7 goals in 11 games already this season.

Espanyol have not had the best start to a league season this year but they will be spared some of the blame as they have faced some of the sternest tests for any defence this season away from home.

They have bagged just 2 points from their opening 4 away games.

It will be very difficult for Espanyol to stop Sociedad from scoring for a long period of time in this game as the hosts have averaged 2.3 goals conceded per game in the league this season.

Espanyol have lost 5 of their last 8 games against Sociedad and they have no victories against them with Eusebio Sacristán as their manager.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Real Sociedad

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Alavés 0-2 Real Sociedad Oct 14, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Real Sociedad 4-4 Real Betis Oct 1, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Zenit St Petersburg 3-1 Real Sociedad Sep 28, 2017 UEFA Europa League
L Real Sociedad 2-3 Valencia Sep 24, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Levante 3-0 Real Sociedad Sep 21, 2017 Spanish Primera División

Espanyol

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Espanyol 0-0 Levante Oct 13, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol Oct 1, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Espanyol 4-1 Deportivo La Coruña Sep 24, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Villarreal 0-0 Espanyol Sep 21, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Espanyol 2-1 Celta Vigo Sep 18, 2017 Spanish Primera División

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Espanyol 1-2 Real Sociedad Feb 10, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Real Sociedad 1-1 Espanyol Sep 9, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 0-5 Real Sociedad Feb 8, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Real Sociedad 2-3 Espanyol Sep 19, 2015 Spanish Primera División
Real Sociedad 1-0 Espanyol Mar 8, 2015 Spanish Primera División


Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish Primera:

December 18, 2017
Leganés 01:00 Real Madrid
January 19, 2018
Getafe 21:00 Athletic Bilbao
January 20, 2018
Espanyol 13:00 Sevilla
Atlético de Madrid 16:15 Girona
Villarreal 18:30 Levante
Las Palmas 20:45 Valencia
January 21, 2018
Deportivo Alavés 12:00 Leganés
Real Madrid 16:15 Deportivo De La Coruña
Real Sociedad 18:30 Celta de Vigo
Real Betis 20:45 Barcelona
January 22, 2018
Eibar 21:00 Málaga
January 26, 2018
Athletic Bilbao 21:00 Eibar
January 27, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 13:00 Levante
Valencia 16:15 Real Madrid
Málaga 18:30 Girona
Villarreal 20:45 Real Sociedad
January 28, 2018
Leganés 12:00 Espanyol
Atlético de Madrid 16:15 Las Palmas
Sevilla 18:30 Getafe
Barcelona 20:45 Deportivo Alavés

Spanish Primera Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Barcelona 19 16 3 0 52 9 +43 51
2 Atlético de Madrid 19 12 6 1 28 8 +20 42
3 Valencia 19 12 4 3 40 19 +21 40
4 Real Madrid 18 9 5 4 32 17 +15 32
5 Villarreal 19 9 4 6 26 21 +5 31
6 Sevilla 19 9 2 8 23 28 -5 29
7 Real Betis 19 8 3 8 33 36 -3 27
8 Eibar 19 8 3 8 24 31 -7 27
9 Getafe 19 7 5 7 23 18 +5 26
10 Girona 19 7 5 7 28 28 +0 26
11 Celta de Vigo 19 7 4 8 33 27 +6 25
12 Athletic Bilbao 19 6 7 6 21 20 +1 25
13 Leganés 18 7 3 8 15 17 -2 24
14 Espanyol 19 6 6 7 16 22 -6 24
15 Real Sociedad 19 6 5 8 33 34 -1 23
16 Levante 19 3 9 7 15 26 -11 18
17 Deportivo Alavés 19 6 0 13 14 27 -13 18
18 Deportivo De La Coruña 19 4 4 11 21 37 -16 16
19 Málaga 19 3 2 14 13 33 -20 11
20 Las Palmas 19 3 2 14 14 46 -32 11

Spanish Primera Results

January 15, 2018
Real Betis 3 - 2 Leganés
January 14, 2018
Real Sociedad 2 - 4 Barcelona
Espanyol 1 - 1 Athletic Bilbao
Deportivo Alavés 1 - 0 Sevilla
Levante 0 - 1 Celta de Vigo
January 13, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 1 - 2 Valencia
Eibar 0 - 1 Atlético de Madrid
Real Madrid 0 - 1 Villarreal
Girona 6 - 0 Las Palmas
January 12, 2018
Getafe 1 - 0 Málaga
January 8, 2018
Málaga 0 - 1 Espanyol
January 7, 2018
Celta de Vigo 2 - 2 Real Madrid
Athletic Bilbao 2 - 0 Deportivo Alavés
Villarreal 1 - 1 Deportivo De La Coruña
Barcelona 3 - 0 Levante
Leganés 1 - 0 Real Sociedad
January 6, 2018
Sevilla 3 - 5 Real Betis
Las Palmas 1 - 2 Eibar
Valencia 2 - 1 Girona
Atlético de Madrid 2 - 0 Getafe

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