Villarreal vs Real Sociedad
Copa Del Rey – Round of 16
Date: Wednesday, 11th January 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/19:00 CET.
Venue: El Madrigal (Villareal).
Villarreal have a mountain to climb when they host fellow LaLiga opposition Real Sociedad for the second leg of the Copa del Rey Round of 16 clash on Wednesday evening.
Real Sociedad fully utilized their home advantage in the first leg clash and thrashed Villarreal by 3 goals to 1. This is a healthy lead and all they have to do now is avoid silly mistakes. They were at the receiving end of a heavy battering from Sevilla in the weekend La Liga fixture which they lost by 4-0. This is a good reason for head-coach Eusebio Sacristan to demand swift improvements from his defensive players.
Villarreal earned a priceless point by holding Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at El Madrigal in their weekend LaLiga fixture. However, they haven’t won their last three matches, with 2 draws sandwiching the loss to Sociedad.
Villarreal vs Real Sociedad: Head-to-head stats
- Real Sociedad’s 3-1 win in the first leg is their first win against Villarreal in 9 matches. The Yellow Submarines had won 5 and drew 3 from the previous 8.
- At El Madrigal, Villarreal carry a four match unbeaten record against Sociedad, with 3 wins and a draw.
- Sociedad were only able to manage 2 wins in their previous 12 visits to Villarreal, 6 wins and 4 draws.
Villarreal vs Real Sociedad: Prediction
With a 2 goal deficit to negotiate, we can expect Villarreal to go on the offensive from the kick-off. Sociedad are coming after conceding 4 goals at home against Sevilla, and there will be some nervy faces in their defense. Villarreal could earn a win here, however we are unsure if it will be enough to guarantee them a place in the quarter finals. Nonetheless, this match promises at least 3 goals.