Sevilla are back into the title race after recording four wins in the last five LaLiga matches and are now in 4th place with only six points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. Real Sociedad, on the other hand, are looking to secure the Europa League spot, and even if they don’t do it through the league, they won Copa del Rey, so they’ll definitely play in Europe next season.
Los Rojiblancos are slight +150 favorites on William Hill Sportsbook to get a win and stay alive in the title hunt with eight rounds to go. Check out the latest news and stats and see the best Real Sociedad vs. Sevilla betting pick.
Real Sociedad vs. Sevilla
Three-way: 1: Real Sociedad +190; X: +225 Draw; 2: Sevilla +150
Spread 0: Real Sociedad +114; Sevilla -116
Total 2.5 Goals: Over +116; Under -123
Both Teams to Score: Yes -111; No -105
Real Sociedad are winless in four LaLiga outings (D2, L2), and getting a victory here is all the more crucial, given their already-tenuous grip on a top-five spot following such a strong start to 2020/21. Defeat is unthinkable in that context, but the starting favorite (either team) lost just 10% of Sociedad’s LL matches so far (W16, D11, L3).
Home manager Imanol Alguacil is yet to win after five personal H2Hs with Sevilla (D1, L4), but no matter the result, the Anoeta Stadium ranks as one of the most entertaining LL grounds (2.8 goals-per-game). Partly due to that high-octane nature, seven of Sociedad’s nine games won/lost here have ended with a 2+ goal margin.
Alguacil will be without Jon Guridi (muscle), Asier Illarramendi (calf), and Aihen Munoz (groin). Luca Sangalli (knee), David Silva (muscle), and Alex Sola (knee) are also out.
- Alexander Isak has contributed 27.66% of Sociedad’s league goals, though just two of his last eight LL strikes have been the first of the game
- Three of Imanol Alguacil’s last four personal H2Hs with Sevilla have seen both teams score 2+ goals!
Visitors Sevilla look to have their top-four placing wrapped up already, as they boast a commanding 14-point lead over chasing Sociedad, and a victory here will put it beyond reasonable doubt. Interestingly Julien Lopetegui managed his 100th competitive game at Sevilla last time out and boasts an impressive 81% unbeaten rate (W60, D21, L19).
A solid recent run of away form has contributed to Sevilla’s stellar season so far (W4, D1, L1). The visitors often grow into their LaLiga away games, scoring as many goals between 76’-FT (eight) as in the entire first half of play. Moreover, Sevilla have scored inside the final 15 minutes in their last three league trips and scored a second-half goal in each of their last five.
Lopetegui cannot count on Sergio Escudero (illness), but the rest of the players are at his disposal.
- Youssef En-Nesyri has hit 34.09% of their LL goals (15), in addition to registering five goals in seven appearances vs. Sociedad
- Sevilla scored in six consecutive away matches in the league
Sevilla won five of the previous ten H2H encounters (D3, L2), including three of the last four, but Los Rojiblancos are winless in the past three meetings at Reale Seguros Stadium. Even though the last two H2Hs at this venue ended without goals, I don’t think it’s going to be that way this time around. Sevilla finally started playing some interesting (goal-wise) games on the road lately, and this one has the potential to offer us a lot. The odds on BTTS are excellent and I am gladly taking this bet.
The Pick: Both teams to score YES (-111)