Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Elche take on Real Sociedad at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on their return to La Liga. Los Franjiverdes are back to the Spanish top flight following a five-year absence, and, one thing is for sure, they are going to leave their hearts on the field in the season opener. Latest signing Raul Guti, who joined the club for Zaragoza, is likely to make his Elche debut against Real Sociedad.
The Basques, on the other hand, did well to hold Real Madrid to a goalless draw in San Sebastian at the weekend, but they have yet to record their first win of the season. Seeing that the newcomers will be under big pressure in Saturday’s clash, we are tempted to put our money on Real Sociedad. Experienced attacker Willian Jose should return to contention for the visitors after he was quarantined for the Real Madrid showdown.
Highlighted Player (Willian José):
Well-travelled Brazilian international Willian Jose was born in Porto Calvo and made his first football steps at a local Clube de Regatas. It was at the age of 17 that he was snapped by Gremio Barueri where he made 26 league appearances and scored six goal in his first – and only – senior season at the club.
In 2011, Willian Jose moved to Deportivo Maldonado but his five-year stint with the Uruguay outfit was marked by no less than seven different loan spells, one of which was to La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid. Standing at 186cm tall, Willian Jose is a notable presence in the box. This powerful centre forward will use his physicality to hold up ball and bring his teammates into play.
The Brazilian international did well to make a name for himself in Spain by playing for Zaragoza and Las Palmas, respectively, before he sealed a permanent move to Real Sociedad in 2016. A member of both FIFA U-20 World Cup and South American Youth Championship winning sides with Brazil in 2011, Willian Jose has not been given a chance to prove his worth at the senior level with Selecao.
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.