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January 8, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
Estadio Municipal de Anoeta — Donostia-San Sebastián
Referee:‬ Javier Estrada‎
Attendance:‬ 17000‎
 

La Liga Preview: Real Sociedad - Sevilla

The Andalucian visitors have started the new year on a high and will attempt to carry the momentum in the Basque country too...

By Subhankar Mondal

Real Sociedad, fans (Getty Images)
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Real Sociedad returned to the Spanish Primera Division after a gap of three years during which they featured in the sundry regions of the Segunda Division. Even for a big club such as la Real, it was not expected to be an easy ride in the top flight this season but the Basque giants have proved themselves to be perfectly at home rubbing shoulders with the big guns.

Currently stationed in 11th place in the league standings, Sociedad have mustered a laudable 22 points from 17 matches and are five points off a Europa League slot. Martin Lasarte's side have also won five home league matches this campaign but started the new year with a 2-1 defeat to Zaragoza away from home.

However, with no commitment in the Copa del Rey in midweek, the Txuri-urdin would have got more preparation time for Saturday's encounter against Sevilla. But la Real have struggled against the big sides at the Anoeta, having lost to Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia at home.

The Manzano Effect


Gregorio Manzano was expected to be Sevilla's saviour when he replaced Antonio Alvarez in September. The much heralded coach, who had worked wonders at Mallorca last season, though, struggled to keep afloat one of the biggest clubs in Spain as results didn't improve.

But Manzano is one of the better Spanish tacticians and his effect is now being felt in the Andalucian city. Sevilla have commenced the new year in perfect fashion, defeating Osasuna 1-0 at the Pizjuan on Sunday and then hammered Malaga 3-0 in the local derby in the Copa del Rey, Round of 16, second-leg tie.

With 23 points from 17 matches, Sevilla are four points off a Europa League slot and a further four behind Valencia, who occupy the final Champions League berth. The Rojiblancos' away form, though, is rather disappointing as of the eight matches on the road, they have won just three and lhave ost five.

However, striker Luis Fabiano believes that Sevilla are returning to their best and enthuses, "We had a bad run but now we are winning, there's still a lot of work to do and we have to improve many things, but Sevilla are returning little by little."



TEAM NEWS

Real Sociedad


Antoine Griezmann is suspended for the match.

Sevilla


Didier Zokora is suspended and will miss the trip to the Basque country.


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Head to Head
Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Mar 2, 2014 Sevilla 1 - Real Sociedad 0
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Sep 28, 2013 Real Sociedad 1 - Sevilla 1
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ May 18, 2013 Sevilla 1 - Real Sociedad 2
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Dec 20, 2012 Real Sociedad 2 - Sevilla 1
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Feb 13, 2012 Real Sociedad 2 - Sevilla 0
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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Claudio BravoGoalkeeper
3Mikel González MartínezDefender
-Mikel LabakaDefender
15Ion GorostolaDefender
22Dani EstradaMidfielder
-SutilMidfielder
4Gorka Gorka Elustondo UrkiolaMidfielder
17Zurutuza Midfielder
10Xabi PrietoMidfielder
19Diego RivasMidfielder
9Joseba LlorenteStriker
13ZubikaraiGoalkeeper
11Vadim DemidovDefender
5Markel BergaraMidfielder
-VigueraStriker
26Jeffrey SarpongMidfielder
20Raúl TamudoStriker
24Alberto De la Bella Defender
25Andrés PalopGoalkeeper
4Martín CáceresDefender
3Fernando NavarroDefender
5AlexisDefender
14Julien EscudéDefender
19PerottiMidfielder
-RomaricMidfielder
15Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
8RenatoMidfielder
12Fred KanoutéStriker
9Luis FabianoStriker
14Mouhamadou DaboDefender
11Diego CapelMidfielder
21AlfaroStriker
7Lautaro AcostaStriker
13Javi VarasGoalkeeper
9NegredoStriker
21Luca CigariniMidfielder
Players to Watch
Xabi Prieto
Xabi Prieto
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
28 2 5 0
Xabi Prieto has been one of the players to watch in La Liga this season as the Real Sociedad midfielder has impressed on a regular basis. The 27-year-old la Real veteran has racked up five goals and six assists in the league already, and against a defensively susceptible Sevilla line-up, his dribbling and creativity will be crucial.
Luis Fabiano
Luis Fabiano
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Luis Fabiano scored a late free-kick against Malaga in the Copa del Rey in midweek to collect his 100th goal in 215 games for Sevilla. In the league the Brazilian striker has been severely out of form as he has scored just four times. However, the 30-year-old is lethal when he is on song and against Real Sociedad he will aspire to return to his old self.
Probable Lineups
Claudio Bravo 1
Mikel González Martínez 3
Mikel Labaka 0
Ion Gorostola 15
Dani Estrada 22
Sutil 0
Gorka Gorka Elustondo Urkiola 4
Zurutuza 17
Xabi Prieto 10
Diego Rivas 19
Joseba Llorente 9
Andrés Palop 25
Martín Cáceres 4
Fernando Navarro 3
Alexis 5
Julien Escudé 14
Perotti 19
Romaric 0
Jesús Navas González 15
Renato 8
Fred Kanouté 12
Luis Fabiano 9
Prediction
Real Sociedad will be keen to win in the new year and will make it tough for Sevilla at home. However, the Rojiblancos appear to have tuned themselves into a winning side and should eventually eke out a narrow victory.

Editor's Prediction
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