In a crunch La Liga match, Real Sociedad host the relegation-threatened Villarreal at Anoeta Stadium, in San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain, on Thursday night (IST).
What competition it is? La Liga
Teams: Real Sociedad and Villarreal
Kick Off: Friday 26 April
Match Timing: 12:00 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Anoeta Stadium (28,995)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream select La Liga League matches in India. In addition, the matches can also be enjoyed on the official Facebook App and website.
Real Sociedad were unlucky not to have come away from Camp Nou with at least a point. For they showed fight and the intent against Barcelona at the weekend. They even outboxed the Catalan giants in the possession department and had chances to make the night a memorable one for this club.
With the defeat, they remained outside the top-half of the table, sitting at 11th having accumulated 41 points from 33 games. So only five games remaining in the season, and that means the time is running out for them to finish in European places.
Sociedad's main problem has been the home form all season. They have won only five times at Anoeta this season, with six ending in draws and five in defeats. In fact, their 50% points have come on the road this season.
Villarreal, meanwhile, have been battling for their life all season. For a team which racked up 61 points, finishing 5th last season, flirting with the relegation was not expected from the Yellow Submarine.
But Villarreal are pulling themselves away from the bottom three. They are hitting the form at the right time and come into this match on the back of two consecutive wins. In fact, this was just the second time this season that Villarreal won two successive league games.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Real Sociedad – D D W L D L
Villarreal – D L L W L W
VIL vs RS Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Real Sociedad vs Villarreal Team News:
Injured – Former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj remains a long-term absentee with an injury, and the same is the case with the 32-year-old central midfielder David Zurutuza.
A few more players were in danger of missing out the clash against Villarreal, due to the state of their health. Manager Imanol Alguacil decided not to take the risk and had left out players in the shape of Igor Zubeldia, Asier Illarramendi, Kevin Rodriguez, Hector Moreno, and Doigo Llorente.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Theo Hernandez was passed fit for the match and should feature at left-back. While Raul Navas is expected to replace Diego Llorente at the back, playing alongside Aritz Elustondo.
Key Players – Willian Jose, Mikel Oyarzabal
Injured – As for Villarreal, Bruno Soriano, Miguelon and Daniele Bonera are all out from the game against Real Sociedad.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – While Sergio Asenjo and Manuel Morlanes are carrying knock and will be assessed before the match.
Note: The 19-year-old Nigerian winger has been a real find for Villarreal. In a season where Villarreal struggles and a lot of their players getting a hit, Chukwueze will certainly end the season with his reputation enhanced.
Key Players – Santi Cazorla, Karl Toko Ekambi
VIL vs RS Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Real Sociedad– Geronimo Rulli (GK), Joseba Zaldua, Aritz Elustondo, Raul Navas, Aihen Munoz, Mikel Merino, Luca Sangalli, Ruben Pardo, Mikel Oyarzabal, Juanmi, Willian Jose
Villarreal– Andres Fernandez (GK), Mario Gaspar, Alvaro Gonzalez, Funes Mori, Xavi Quintilla, Vicente Iborra, Chukwueze, Santi Cazorla, Pablo Fornals, Toko Ekambi, Carlos Bacca
VIL vs RS Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
This is a huge match for Villarreal who still needs a couple of wins to secure their top-flight status.
The visitors are in a good rhythm and we back them to win this match.
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