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After both had a mixed start to the new campaign, Real Sociedad and Levant will fight in the third round of La Liga games on Saturday.
The hosts celebrated their first win of the season after an opening defeat last time, while the guests drew in both games and a win would mean impressive scores for both of them from their first three games.
Prediction for this match
In a strong second half last season, Real Sociedad took a laudable fifth place in La Liga while beating Athletic Bilbao to win the late 2019-20 Copa del Rey final, which means they head into the new season with a lot of optimism go secured a cutlery and European football for the new term of office.
They got off to a difficult start traveling against Barcelona, however, and Imanol Alguacil‘s men were unable to cause a stir.
An earlier one Gerard Piqué Goal and a Martin Braithwaite Klammer seemed to put the game out of sight, but with late results Julen Lobete and Mikel Oyarzabal gave visitors a chance before their hopes were dashed Sergi Roberto in stoppage time in the scorers list to condemn Los Txuri-Urdin to a 4-2 defeat.
Alguacil’s men quickly recovered, however, when Oyarzabal converted a 68th-minute penalty and shot her to a 1-0 home win over Rayo Vallecano in the final game.
After impressing against Barcelona before opening their account for the season, Alguacil’s men will head into Saturday’s game with a degree of confidence, despite being with Levante looking for their first win of the season ahead of another tough one Standing exam.
Levante also impressed most of last season, retaining a top half spot for the majority before eventually dropping to a slightly disappointing 14th place after a poor end to the season.
Hoping for a stronger performance this time Paco Lopez‘s men started with a trip to Cadiz and they looked like they were leaving thanks to a 1-0 win José Luis Morales‘s goal just for Alfonso Espino to score in the 97th minute when the hosts took a point.
You then faced the difficult task of clashing with the champions Real Madrid, and during Gareth Bale gave Los Blancos an early lead, Roger Marti and José Campana found the network to bring Levante to the hour mark before Vinicius Junior equalized the game to 2-2.
Lopez’s men took the lead again Rober Pier 10 minutes from time, but Vinicius scored his second goal in the 85th minute to see the teams split the points after some dramatic affair.
Although they will have been disappointed not to have held an impressive win, Levante will still be positive from the draw with last season’s runner-up and will now be looking for a first league win of the season.
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Real Sociedad have multiple injury concerns as a defender Nacho Monreal and Diego Rico and goalkeeper Mat Ryan are all out of order.
midfield player Asier Illarramendi and Carlos Fernandez will also miss, ie Martin Zubimendi should again be the anchor behind the dangerous pairing of. be David Silva and Mikel Merino.
The line is led by Alexander Isakwho stood out for Sweden at Euro 2020 after scoring 17 La Liga goals for Los Txuri-Urdin last season and is backed by the threat from Mikel Oyarzabal, who has already scored two league goals this season.
Levante also has a lot of problems to solve since Sergio Postigo, Alex Blesa, Dani Gomez and Roberto Soldado all dropped out due to injuries.
Lopez’s problems were made worse by the first-choice goalkeeper’s ban Aitor Fernandez, who was shown a red card in the final minutes of the Real Madrid draw as he sped out of his box for a one-on-one.
In his absence, Dani Cardenas starts between the sticks while Ruben Vezo can return to the back four after a brief substitution when Levante was unable to make any further substitutions after Fernandez was sent off.
Jose Luis Morales and Roger Marti form a threatening line of scrimmage, while Jose Campana and Jorge de Frutos will operate on the flanks.
Real Sociedad possible starting line-up:
Remiro; Gorosabel, Elustondo, Normand, Munoz; Zubimendi; Oyarzabal, Merino, Silva, Barrentxea; Isak
Levante possible starting line-up:
Cardenas; Miramon, Vezo, Pier, Clerc; De Frutos, Melero, Radoja, Campana; Morales, Marti
Probability: Real Sociedad 2-1 Levante
While this could certainly go both ways, we think La Real have the slightly stronger of the two teams and will try to emerge from an end-to-end affair on three points.
Although they looked worried in the defense against Barcelona, Alguacil’s side improved quickly last time around and we are giving them the slight edge on Saturday as both teams are looking for an important win to round off the season opener in style.
Best betting tip for this match
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