Making a return to action this weekend and with their sights still set on securing a spot in next year’s Champions League, Real Sociedad will welcome Osasuna to an empty Reale Arena on Sunday night.
Last seen back in March when picking up a 2-1 win away at Eibar, it has been quite the campaign for Imanol Alguacil’s side and make their return this weekend having previously won seven of their last eight appearances across all competitions.
On the flip side, while Sociedad might make their return in the midst of a top-four chase, Osasuna find themselves almost stuck in La Liga limbo.
Despite entering the enforced break with a 1-0 win against rock-bottom Espanyol, Los Rojillos had previously lost five of their last seven outings across all competitions and also hold a worrying record against the European contenders.
With Sunday’s hosts picking up a 3-1 romp when they faced off against Osasuna in the Copa del Rey earlier in the season, another victory for Sociedad can be found priced at 4/6 with Paddy Power.
Sociedad looking to make a statement
Despite opening March with what was a hard-fought 1-0 defeat away at defending champions Barcelona, Real Sociedad immediately bounced back and have continued to gain a long list of admirers from across the continent.
Previously on a remarkable purple patch that has seen them win seven of their last eight matches across all formats, Imanol Alguacil’s men also have a Copa del Rey final to look forward to.
Still sat in pole position to secure a Champions League spot this year, fans around San Sebastián will be hoping for their side to show a similar level of defensive resolve that they set prior to the enforced break.
While Sunday’s hosts might also hold the third-best attacking return of any La Liga side this season, only behind Barcelona and Real Madrid, Sociedad had previously conceded just a single goal from open play in their last five contests.
More impressive, recording back-to-back clean sheets at the Reale Arena, including a 3-0 romp against Valencia, you might be interested to know that Alguacil’s side can be found priced at 6/4 with Betfair to leave San Sebastián unscathed this weekend.
A tough return for Osasuna
Although a Roberto Torres’ second-half penalty may have helped Osasuna enter the enforced break with a 1-0 win at rock-bottom Espanyol, it doesn’t cover what was an inconsistent patch for Sunday’s guests.
Along with what was a season-worst display in a 3-0 hammering at home against Getafe, Jagoba Arrasate’s men had previously lost five of their last seven outings across all formats.
While Osasuna might still be dreaming of securing a top-half finish this season, they do hold what has been a dreadful record against some of their more established opponents.
Remarkably, aside from a 3-1 victory against Valencia back in October, Los Rojillos have failed to land a single La Liga victory all season against a side who open the weekend inside the top-10.
In for what could be an overwhelming return on Sunday, Arrasate’s side had previously continued to show some rather glaring issues at the back, particularly on their travels.
Including back-to-back 3-1 defeats against Sociedad and Villarreal earlier in the year, Osasuna have shipped at least a pair of goals in four of their last five matchups on the road. The Red’s can be found priced at 8/11 with Bet365 to once again concede over 1.5 goals this weekend.