Real Sociedad - Rayo Vallecano Betting Preview: Why the hosts should win by at least two goals

Our La Liga expert Phil Kitromilides thinks Real Sociedad's fine home form will continue with a comfortable win on Monday night
Real Sociedad are rightly strong favorites for tonight's encounter at the Estado Anoeta where struggling Rayo Vallecano are the visitors.

The Basques have one of the strongest home records of any side in any of the major European leagues having lost just one league game in their last 26 matches and a Rayo side with the worst defence in the division look unlikely to change that run.

William Hill price a home win at just 1/2 (1.50) while the visitors can be backed at 5/1 (6.00). A draw can be backed at 19/5 (4.80).

Yet this looks like a home banker with a free-scoring La Real side more than capable of inflicting a heavy defeat on the side from Madrid, who conceded six times in their last away games at the Camp Nou.

The hosts are offered at an extremely tempting 6/5 (2.20) to win with a -1 goal handicap and that looks like a nailed on selection at a superb price.

This bet has paid out in four of La Real's last five matches at home in the league, while opposing Rayo in this way is a strategy that has paid out 12 times this season already so punters should have confidence that it has every chance of rewarding backers again on Monday.

Furthermore, this selection has paid out in three of the last four meetings between the two sides, further reinforcing it as our option for tonight's game.

Real Sociedad to win with a -1 handicap at 6/5 (2.20) 2.5pt stake with William Hill

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid