11 March 2019
The two teams fighting for the European promotion go toe-to-toe at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as Sevilla tackle Real Sociedad.
Stuck in a severe crisis, the hosts go into this meeting off the back of a frustrating 2-2 home draw with Slavia Prague in the Europa League. The Andalusians would like to forget February as soon as possible considering they’ve lost four of five LL outings last month (D1, L4), which is why they currently sit five points adrift of the Champions League promotion territory. Los Hispalenses have not only failed to wrap up all three points in their last five league fixtures, but they have conceded 2+ match goals in all four of their previous LL clashes. Another serious problem for Pablo Machin is the fact his men have secured only one triumph in their last four LL home games (W1, D2, L1), preserving a clean slate only once in the process. It’s going from bad to worse for Los Nervionenses ahead of this encounter, given the fact they’ve scored exactly one goal per match in all of their previous seven H2H meetings with Real Sociedad at this venue although restricting the Basque side to a maximum of one goal per game five times along the way.
The visitors, on the other hand, look to bounce back from a 2-0 home loss to Atletico Madrid last time out as they continue their pursuit of the Europa League promotion. A failure against Diego Simeone’s crew has brought Real Sociedad’s eight-game LL unbeaten run to an end (W4, D4), and it has also been the third time in their last five LL fixtures that they’ve failed to find the back of the net. Although the Whites and Blues have been indifferent away from home this term (W5, D4, L4), they come into this encounter after racking up a four-game road unbeaten run (W1, D3), with two of their previous away clashes ending with the identical 0-0 scoreline. Stubborn defending and unimpressive displays in the final third are guilty for the fact five of Real Sociedad’s last six LL road games producing under 2.5 goals.
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