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Match Preview: Sevilla vs Real Sociedad

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Here is an alternative game you could watch this weekend – Sevilla vs Real Sociedad – starting at 21:00 (CET) on Sunday night.

Sevilla will welcome Real Sociedad to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in the last game of La Liga’s Matchday 7 tomorrow evening.

Los Hispalenses dropped seven positions on the league table, as they went from first to eighth place with two back-to-back defeats in the past week.

Their first defeat of the season came to Real Madrid last Sunday, while their midweek clash in Eibar went down the drain in the second half, as they threw away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at the Estadio Municipal de Ipurua.

Real Sociedad, on the other hand, are enjoying some of their best days as they defeated Alaves 3-0 on Thursday night to register their third consecutive La Liga win.

The White and Blues are currently the second-best team in the league with 13 points from six games, just one behind leaders Real Madrid.

Team news

Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui doesn’t really have some big injury concerns before the encounter with Real Sociedad this weekend.

Real Madrid loanee Sergio Reguilon, who missed the last game with stomach problems is the only doubt for the Spanish manager.

Sociedad will travell to Andalusia without midfielder Asier Illaramendi, who is still recovering from the injury he sustained back in February.

Mikel Olazabal and Willian Jose are on fire for the visitors, having scored five of La Real’s last six goals, while Norwegian starlet Martin Odegaard has finally started to deliver on the big stage.

Talk to the press

Julen Lopetegui said it is always the manager’s responsibility when his side throws away a 2-0 lead at half time and ends up losing the game.

“In the first half we did what we had to do, we played football and showed personality. We knew that if there is a team, a stadium where they can come from behind, it is here,” he said for Sevilla’s official website after the 3-2 defeat to Eibar.

“We were lazy defensively, we stopped playing. We focused more on containing Eibar instead of playing, and we’ve been punished by three unusual goals. When a team goes 2-0 up with 45 minutes to go and loses, the responsibility lies with the manager.

“Bad luck in football is around every corner. Today it came by conceding a penalty, Carriço’s injury, Escudero picked up a knock in the second half, he did not know if he could continue or not.”

Stats

The most recent encounter at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium between both sides ended in a 5-2 win in favor of the hosts.

Good news for Sociedad is that Wissam Ben Yedder, who netted a hat-trick back in March, switched Sevilla for AS Monaco last summer.

Real Sociedad returned home with all three points only on two occasions from their last 13 trips to Andalusia. They even failed to find the net in six of those 13 visits.

Sevilla is yet to win at home in the 2019-20 campaign. They drew 1-1 with Celta in the third round and lost 1-0 to Real Madrid last Sunday.

La Real won seven of their last 10 games in top-flight Spanish football. Their only defeat this season came in the Basque Derby against Athletic Bilbao.

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