- Real Sociedad already beat Osasuna twice this season (4-3 in the league, 3-1 in the cup).
- Real Sociedad won 10 of their last 12 matches in all competitions.
- Osasuna were beaten in three of their last four away games.
- Real Sociedad won 100% of their last seven home fixtures.
Sociedad hoping to pick up where they left off
Real Sociedad were in superb form before the 2019/20 La Liga season was postponed in March, and with a top four finish the target, the Txuri-urdinak will be desperate to ensure that the three-month break away from football won’t knock them off their stride too much.
In the lead up to the campaign’s temporary hiatus, Imanol Alguacil’s exciting Real team had won an impressive 10 of their 12 games in all competitions – a sequence that included a seven-match winning streak at home.
With Martin Odegaard, Mikel Merino and Mikel Oyarzabal all excelling, Real have developed into one of the best teams to watch in the Spanish top flight, and with a place in the Copa del Rey final also in the bank for themselves, 2019/20 is shaping up to be one of their most successful seasons in recent memory.
On Sunday, Real Sociedad look good value to pick up where they left off at home to regional rivals Osasuna – a team they have already beaten twice this term.
Real Sociedad have Osasuna’s number
Sociedad first ousted their local competitors in a thrilling 4-3 win in the reverse La Liga meeting between the pair in November, before putting them to the sword 3-1 in the cup at San Sebastián two months later.
With their grip on 4th spot still relatively loose and with little room for error, Real will need to beat Osasuna for a third time to keep their Champions League qualification pursuit heading in the right direction – and we’re tipping them to secure the victory they need.
Osasuna in 11th, are safely locked in mid-table limbo and away from the threat of relegation, though their return of just three wins from 12 La Liga fixtures since December still represents a poor haul and highlights the current gulf in class between our featured teams.
More goals on offer for Real
On the road, Osasuna were turned over three times in their last four assignments in all competitions, shipping exactly three goals in each of those defeats in what was a worrying pattern of defensive regression.
Having scored three and four goals against Osasuna already in 2019/20 – it’s clear that Real Sociedad have the tools to unlock Los Rojillo’s rearguard, and we’re tipping the hosts to hit the net three more times against them on Sunday in our correct score prediction.
However, despite their inconsistent results, Osasuna found a way to make an impact on the scoresheet in nine of their last 10 away fixtures in all competitions, and their habit of nicking goals on their travels means there is a good chance they can notch a consolation effort for the third game running against Real Sociedad. That in turn makes a 3-1 home win worth considering for Sunday’s contest.
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