Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(68) 50 Goals 47 (55)
(44) 28 Assists 30 (40)
(6.8) 7.1 Average Ratings 6.9 (6.7)
27 Average Age 29.5
181.8 Average Height (cm) 180.1
(1) 1.1 Shots pg 1.2 (0.8)
(51%) 54% Aerial Duel Success 46% (48%)
(0.6) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.5 (0.4)
(2.1) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.5)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

No missing players.
Player Reason Status Rating
Salva Sevilla Out 6.66
Eder Vilarchao Out 6.83
Rubén Pérez Out 6.73

Team News

  • The shift in balance in the Basque country was completed with Sociedad's 3-1 rout at San Mamés last week, the last time the ground will ever host such a fixture.
  • Holding midfielder Gorka Elustondo is fit again; however, he is unlikely to warrant a starting position.
  • The only real decision for Philippe Montanier is who the main striker will be. Both Carlos Vela and Imanol Agirretxe scored in the derby, and the former Arsenal man has played more this season.
  • With Real Betis having not scored in six hours of football, Jorge Molina needed just 30 seconds to start the ball rolling against Málaga, and three 1st half goals destroyed their local rivals.
  • Rubén Castro should return to the starting eleven, though he may be pushed out wide with the other attacking players finally getting amongst the goals.
  • Paulao is back from suspension, though the clean sheet and the scoring problems amended means the club are unlikely to make too many changes.

Prediction

  • It's tight for 4th spot and this match could go someway in determining which of these outsiders might complete the impossible at qualify for Europe.
  • Both teams will be full of high spirit after respective derby day wins. It's hard to believe that three years ago this fixture was in the Segunda, as this is very much a shoot-out for a European place.
  • With the home advantage and only beaten by Real Madrid in their last 16 matches, Sociedad should record a win.
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