La Liga returns this Friday as Real Sociedad travel to Pamplona to face European hopeful Osasuna.
The hosts are one of five teams hoping to occupy fifth and sixth positions in La Liga at the end of this season.
They kept their chances of doing so alive with a massive 3-2 win over Celta Vigo in their last outing. The win made it two straight wins for Jagoba Arrasate’s side and kept them firmly placed in eighth position, three points behind the available European spots.
Arrasate will be hoping to make it three wins in a row against top-four hopefuls Real Sociedad. But his side has struggled against teams starting this Round above them in the league standings (D2, L7), so it might be another disappointing outing at Estadio El Sadar.
But after beating Real Betis in their last outing at this venue, they hope they’ve finally unlocked the formula required to win the league’s finer clubs.
Meanwhile, Real Sociedad will travel to Pamplona to return to winning ways after being held to a disappointing goalless draw against Real Betis in their last outing.
That result has left their secure position in the top four under threat. Yet, they remain in command of their top-four destiny, leading fifth-placed Betis by six points.
Given their current position, they will fancy their chances of securing Champions League football next season.
However, with upcoming fixtures against the current top three still left to play, Imanol Alguacil knows his side must win this fairly easy game to stand a chance of achieving their goal for the season.
But a run of six away games without a win (D2, L4) will not inspire much confidence ahead of this game. And having scored this La Liga season away to any club starting this Round in the top-eight (D2, L2), Sociedad will likely struggle to get maximum points here.
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