Real Valladolid v Real Sociedad Betting: Impressive visitors to take a first-leg lead

The in-form Basque outfit are playing some excellent football at the moment and our Spanish tipster believes they look a good price to record a win at the Estadio Jose Zorilla

Real Sociedad manager Eusebio Sacristan returns to the city where he spent nine seasons as a player, with his current side one of the most in-form outfits in the Spanish top flight.

Sunday's 1-1 draw with Barcelona was notable for La Real's utter domination of the Catalans, with the only surprise being that the Basques were unable to claim all three points.

Nevertheless, they head to the Estadio Jose Zorilla with confidence sky high, to face a Valladolid side who are languishing in 14th place in the second division.

Los Pucelanos' run of one win in their last six Segunda Division matches has seen them drop down the table and they will be missing two first choice players for the visit of La Real with centre back Rafa injured, and striker Jaime Mata suspended.

SkyBet offer the hosts at 3/1 (4.00) yet Valladolid should inspire little confidence and their total of 14 league goals in 16 matches is the second lowest in their division.

While the draw can be backed at 23/10 (3.30) there will surely be plenty of interest in the price of 19/20 (1.95) for an away win, a selection which looks like offering real value. 

Real Sociedad are one of the relatively few top flight sides in Spain who will take the Copa del Rey seriously at this stage and with no European committments, the side from San Sebastian will look for a successful cup run to try and placate their numerous and success-starved fanbase.

While the starting line-up will be somewhat changed from the side that faced Barcelona on Sunday, there will still be plenty of good players in the La Real team on Thursday night with former Real Madrid pair Esteban Granero and Sergio Canales likely to feature.

Up front, there should be a chance for former Southampton forward Juanmi to impress and the Copa del Rey will offer some of the squad players a chance to stake a claim for a first team place.

La Real will be motivated to continue their excellent run of four wins and draw from their last five games, and backing them to record a win in Valladolid is a logical selection.

Real Sociedad to win at 19/20 (1.95) for a 2.5pt stake with SkyBet