Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After surviving Mallorca in La Liga, Real Sociedad will be looking to record their first win in the Europa League group stages when they take on Sturm in Graz. The La Liga side are still hit by injuries, but the good news for the visitors is that experienced midfielder David Silva returned to contention at the weekend. Norway international Alexander Sorloth has overcome his injury as well, while Mikel Oyarzabal is a major doubt.
As always, Sweden striker Alexander Isak will lead the line for the visitors. Sturm, on the other hand, head into the match following back-to-back losses to Monaco (0-1) and PSV (1-4), and given La Real’s attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Basques. Both Ingolitsch and Kiteishvili are out of contention with injuries for the home side.
Highlighted Player (Mikel Oyarzabal):
Intelligence is not an attribute you will find in Mikel Oyarzabal’s stats with Real Sociedad but this tricky winger is a highly knowledgeable winger who will use both brain and feet while playing. For a player born in Eibar, who made his first steps in his hometown club, it was always going to be a choice between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad for Oyarzabal.
La Real saw their chance and grabbed this gem of a player at a young age, helping him develop into a proper professional throughout their youth ranks. Mikel Oyarzabal has spent the entirety of his senior career with the Basque behemoths where he’d use his ability to fill in a number of positions up top much to his own benefit.
Oyarzabal’s positioning and movement are work of a tactical genius, whereas it is his nous to find details to exploit that best define him as a player. Having come through the youth categories of the Spanish national team, Oyarzabal also has a senior cap next to his name. It was in 2016 that he also represented the Basque region, scoring on his debut to cap a 3-1 win over Tunisia.
Highlighted Team (Real Sociedad):
Real Sociedad is as Bask football club from San Sebastian. The club is playing in the La Liga since 2010 after the club got relegated to the Segunda Division. Currently the club hosts its home games in the Anoeta Stadium which holds a capacity of 32 2000 seats.
Real Sociedad was founded on 17th of September 1909 as Sociedad de Futbol and was originally founded by English immigrants. Real Sociedad was one of the founders of the highest Spanish football division.
Starting from 1939 Sociedad de Futbol changed its name to Real Socidedad. Real Sociedad had the most success in the eighties where the club managed to win the title twice.Famous players that played for Real Sociedad are: Arteta, Beguiristain, Xabi Alonso and Griezmann.