8th hosts 3rd in the Primera División as Levante play Real Sociedad at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia in a fascinating Spanish football face-off. The clubs have proved tough opponents to beat to date in the 2017/18, losing just one game in eight between them.
The home team are unbeaten in all four of their Primera División matches. Adding to the impressive nature of their run has been the level of opposition they have taken on. Les Granotes have taken a point from Real Madrid and Valencia, while they also managed to triumph over Villarreal on the opening day of the season.
The away side’s recent defeat to champions Real Madrid won’t have dampened their confidence too much coming into today’s Levante vs Real Sociedad predictions. That 1-3 reverse to the best team in Spain ended a run of four straight wins for coach Eusebio Sacristán. The Txuriurdin have scored the same number of league goals as Barcelona (11) in a rip-roaring opening month.
We have to go all the way back to 2012 to find the last Levante win over Real Sociedad. In the seven games since then, it’s been one-way traffic. In the corresponding game in 2016/17, the team from the Basque region hammed their hosts 4-0.
Having not lost to their opponents in seven attempts, backing the away team to take the points on Thursday is a smart way to begin our Levante vs Real Sociedad picks. All things considered, Eusebio Sacristán’s players have started the 2017/18 in electric fashion. Their first day away win over last year’s Europa League semi-finalists Celta Vigo set the tone for what’s been a dream start for Sociedad. Interestingly, their goals have been spread right across the squad and Juanmi is their leading marksman with just three goals. Four of the last six encounters between our featured teams have ended in draws, but this time Real, who haven’t lost in five competitive away matches, have the edge.
So far this campaign, R. Sociedad have been one of Spain’s great entertainers. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in each of their four domestic matches so far and over the same number in their one European outing, a 4-0 win over Norwegian side Rosenborg. Levante manager Juan Ramón López Muñiz has only seen his players score more than once in just one of their first four fixtures and even taking that stat into account, we should expect goals on Thursday. The away squad’s openness at both ends of the field make them ideal candidates for the over goals markets in our football tips. Sociedad’s matches have averaged over 4 goals per ninety minutes – no other team in the Primera Division can top that number. The absence of defenders Inigo Martinez and Raul Navas, in particular, mean the away team are more susceptible to conceding.
Tip: W Real Sociedad
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Tip: Over 2.5
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