Sociedad Aiming For Big Victory Against Osasuna

To Move Back Into Champions League Contention

Real Sociedad’s Champions League hopes could hinge on their fixture this weekend with the Real Sociedad vs Osasuna game, as they have dropped to their lowest position in the La Liga standings since the opening day of the campaign after winning just once in their previous four. Osasuna are the visitors to Reale Arena, as they look for a third win in five.

Sociedad’s Champions League Hopes Hang In Balance

This is an extremely important season for Real Sociedad, as they could be forced to let go of a number of their star players should they finish outside of a European position. Stars such as Alexander Isak have already been linked with moves to some of Europe’s biggest clubs, and Sociedad’s chances of keeping their prized assets could be over should they not meet their targets.

The first half of the season couldn’t have gone much better for the hosts this weekend, as they had sat top of the league standings heading into the 14th round of fixtures. However, a draw in that fixture against Valencia, coupled with a run of four straight defeats dropped them to sixth in the La Liga standings.

Things haven’t improved much since then, as Sociedad have picked up just two victories in their last six matches in Spain. Their first defeat during that sequence came last weekend, as they were easily beaten by arch-rivals Athletic Bilbao 4-0. Imanol Alguacil will be hoping for a positive response from his side this weekend.

Osasuna May Have Eyes On Europa League Spot

Osasuna may still feel that they have a chance of getting into the battle for a European place this season. However, they must improve their consistency if they are to build a serious challenge. The second half of the season has been a struggle to this point, as the Spanish side has picked up just three wins from their last 13 fixtures. They have suffered six defeats during that same run of fixtures.

There have certainly been signs of improvement over recent weeks though, as they have moved into the top half of the standings with two wins from their previous four games. Their only defeat during that run came in their latest fixture, as they were easily beaten 3-0 by Atletico at the El Sadar Stadium.

If Osasuna is to finish in a Europa League spot this season then they will need to make up the seven-point difference between themselves and Villarreal. To do that, they must stop conceding goals as regularly, as they have allowed the second-highest tally in the top half of La Liga.

Potential Value On Real Sociedad vs Osasuna Spread

The spread market is an interesting selection for this Real Sociedad vs Osasuna fixture. We would be keen to steer clear of Sociedad -1 at +210, as scoring goals and stopping them has been an issue in recent weeks. Instead, Osasuna +1 could be an interesting selection.

Can Sociedad Bounce Back?

Real Sociedad has a fine record in this fixture, as they have picked up victories in five of the previous seven meetings. However, home victories have been harder to come by, as the last two meetings in Sociedad have ended in draws. Therefore, the Osasuna +1 selection would be our pick at +110.

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