Real Sociedad vs. Granada – La Liga, November 8, 2020
Real Sociedad quickly put a 1-0 loss to Napoli in the Europa League behind and responded with a couple of victories over Celta Vigo and AZ Alkmaar. With three points in Vigo, Sociedad remained at the top of La Liga, and now they have 17 points after eight games. They also have the league’s most prolific attack that scored 18 goals, and the second-best defense that conceded four goals.
Granada, on the other side, is at the top of their Europa League group after the latest 2-0 road win over Omonia, while they are doing fine in La Liga as well. El Grana is without a loss in the last eight matches in all competitions and allowed just four goals in the process. They are 6th in the league with 14 points from seven games.
Here is my Real Sociedad vs. Granada prediction and pick along with the latest news, stats, and H2H record.
Real Sociedad vs. Granada Odds
Real Sociedad Team News and Stats
Real Sociedad’s first four-game winning run in La Liga since 2015/16 includes four of the five occasions in which their red-hot attack has found the back of the net at least three times in a single match, as well as four of their five three-goal difference victories of the season. As a reference point, in the 2019/20 La Liga campaign, only Barcelona managed more than five 3+ goal wins over the entire season.
With 72.22% of their 18 La Liga goals scored during the second half and 33.33% in the final 15 minutes, Sociedad’s threat grows as the clock continues to tick. Despite that and no goals in the opening 15 minutes home or away in this La Liga campaign, their four latest straight league victories have all been accompanied by a lead at halftime – three of them 1-0.
Imanol Alguacil will be without Asier Illarramendi (hip), Jon Pacheco (muscle), Luca Sangalli (knee), Alex Sola (knee), and Joseba Zaldua (muscle).
Granada Team News and Stats
Sociedad, therefore, appears primed to become only the second team to record 2+ goals against Granada in a 2020/21 La Liga match. Granada may be able to nullify the threat early in the game, however, as ahead of this round, they are the only club to have opened the scoring at least six times this La Liga season (W4, D2), although their hosts are not far behind with five opening goals so far (W5).
While not piling on the goals like Sociedad, Granada can boast the unique status of being the only 2020/21 La Liga team yet to be held scoreless. Still, they have enjoyed just two halftime leads in this campaign (W1, D1).
Victor Lafuente cannot count on Victor Diaz (knee), Dimitri Foulquier (muscle), Maxime Gonalons (suspension), Quini (thigh), Roberto Soldado (illness), and Jesus Vallejo (illness), while Ramon Azeez is questionable with a thigh injury.
Real Sociedad vs. Granada Betting Pick
Sociedad won six of the previous ten H2H encounters (D2, L2), including five of the last six (L1), while the Whites and Blues were victorious in two of the past three meetings (L1) at Reale Seguros Stadium. It’s going to be hard to get three points against Granada, who is playing very well at the start of the season.
Although Sociedad has the second-best defense, Granada managed to score against the best defense in the league, Atletico Madrid, and I believe they can score at least one against Sociedad. That’s why I am going with BTTS, the odds are quite attractive.