Real Sociedad - Espanyol Betting Preview: Why the hosts can score two or more

Phil Kitromilides believes that the Basques are good value to net over 1.5 goals against an Espanyol side lacking in motivation
Espanyol travel to the Basque Country on Saturday night with essentially little but pride to play for, given their current position in the table; 10 points from Europe and 10 points from relegation.

They face a Real Sociedad side currently occupying the final European spot, although somewhat lacking in form having recorded just two wins from their last eight games, so there should be plenty of intensity from the home side as they look to cement that prized European place.

Despite recent defeats to Real Madrid and (more surprisingly) Rayo Vallacano, Real Sociedad remain extremely strong at home and bet365 offer them at a potentially interesting 3/4 (1.75) for the win.

Espanyol meanwhile are available at 15/4 (4.75) with the draw priced at 13/5 (3.60) with the same firm.

With the visitors treading water in midtable and Real Sociedad in need of points to secure European football next year, the temptation is to back the hosts in some way, and while many will take the price offered for a La Real win, more tempting is the 5/6 (1.83) offered for the Basques to score over 1.5 goals.

Espanyol have conceded four at Sevilla and two at home to Rayo Vallecano last week, and their defence is more than capable of being breached by an expansive La Real side with an excellent scoring record at home.

Real Sociedad to score over 1.5 goals at 5/6 (1.83) for a 2.0pt stake at bet365

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid