Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Real Sociedad and Valencia face each other in San Sebastian in what is expected to be an interesting La Liga game. La Real aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to Real Valladolid and Real Betis, and they are surely capable of matching los Che in the Basque Country. Keep in mind, though, that Real Sociedad’s injury list is pretty long, including the likes of Cho, Kubo, Munoz, Barrenetxea, David Silva, Sola, Sadiq, and Oyarzabal.
Valencia, on the other hand, were on the verge of holding Barcelona to a goalless draw, but Robert Lewandowski’s late goal eventually helped Xavi’s troops pick up all three points from the match. Los Che’s performances seem to be much better than the results, which is the main reason why we predict the visitors will grab something from Sunday’s clash. Important attacker Edinson Cavani has joined the likes of Ilaix Moriba, Mouctar Diakhaby, and Jaume Domenech in the recovery room.
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 (Valencia):
Founded on March 18, 1919, Valencia FC are a Spanish football club that compete in La Liga. Los Che play their home games at Estadio de Mestalla, the stadium which was opened back in May, 1923. The capacity of the venue is 50,000. Seeing that bats are quite common in Valencia, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Bats.
Valencia made it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2000, 2001), but they were beaten in the title games by Real Madrid and Bayern Munchen respectively. The Spanish club, though, did well to win the UEFA Cup title in the 2003/2004 season, with the team beating Marseille in the final of the competition.
A number of top-class footballers were part of the club in the past, with the likes of Pablo Aimar, Ruben Baraja, David Albelda, Santiago Canizares, John Carew and Gaizka Mendieta all playing for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. Valencia main colors are white and black, whilst they often where orange jerseys and shorts when playing on the travels.