Espanyol v Real Sociedad Betting Tips: A night for the forwards at RCDE Stadium

Feb 08 2017

Match-day 22 in La Liga begins as Espanyol play host to Real Sociedad at RCDE Stadium on Friday night. Having both claimed important victories in the last round of fixtures, this pair will be looking to further enhance their standing in the table.

After initially returning from what was a short-lived winter-break in Spain, Espanyol limped into 2017 by claiming just a single point from their first two fixtures of the year; however, they’ve since turned in a string of good performances to win three on the bounce. On the other hand, Sociedad have been a up and down recently, but did record a victory last time out, even if they were made to work very hard for it by bottom-of-the-league Osasuna.

From a betting point of view, ‘Both Teams to Score’ is the selection that appeals most here. It’s fair to say that each of these teams has plenty to offer going forward and we could very easily see both rearguards be put to the test.

At times under Quique Sánchez Flores, Espanyol have adopted a conservative style but, make no mistake about it, they’re certainly a threat going forward on their own patch. Having notched 17 times at RCDE, the hosts might have failed to score in four of 11 their home matches, but have now found the net at least once in each of their last six at home (all-competitions). Additionally, they’ve scored seven goals in the three home fixtures that they’ve played so far in 2017.

While they’re certainly one of Spain’s better teams, Sociedad have been a bit hit or miss on their travels this season. Having said that, despite losing five of their ten away matches, Eusebio Sacristán’s men have failed to score on just two occasions, scoring more goals on the road than as many as 13 of La Liga’s other teams.

With the attacking talent at their disposal, the visitors, who’ve in four of their last five on the road (all-competitions) should be more than capable of creating clear-cut chances against an Espanyol defence who’ve conceded in all three of their home matches since getting back down to business in the new year.

The fact that both teams have scored in each of Espanyol’s last five home fixtures also bodes well ahead of this fixture.

There’s plenty to like about the scoring chances of both Espanyol and Sociedad here and, when the pair meet on Friday night, ‘Both Teams to Score’ is definitely a bet worth placing.

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