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Primera División

  • January 8, 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Municipal de Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastián
  • Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández
  • • Attendance: 17000

La Liga Preview: Real Sociedad - Sevilla

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...

Mid-Table Security

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."


Real Sociedad

Antoine Griezmann is suspended for the match.


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


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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ May 18, 2013 Sevilla 1 - Real Sociedad 2
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Available Squads
13Claudio BravoGoalkeeper
3Mikel González MartínezDefender
-Mikel LabakaDefender
15Ion GorostolaDefender
22Dani EstradaMidfielder
4Gorka Gorka Elustondo UrkiolaMidfielder
17Zurutuza Midfielder
10Xabi PrietoMidfielder
19Diego RivasMidfielder
9Joseba LlorenteStriker
11Vadim DemidovDefender
5Markel BergaraMidfielder
26Jeffrey SarpongMidfielder
20Raúl TamudoStriker
24Alberto De la Bella Defender
1Andrés PalopGoalkeeper
4Martín CáceresDefender
3Fernando NavarroDefender
-Julien EscudéDefender
15Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
12Fred KanoutéStriker
9Luis FabianoStriker
14Mouhamadou DaboDefender
11Diego CapelMidfielder
7Lautaro AcostaStriker
-Javi VarasGoalkeeper
21Luca CigariniMidfielder
Players to Watch
Xabi Prieto
Xabi Prieto
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 0 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.
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.

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