Real Sociedad vs. FC Sevilla / La Liga – This small derby of the round is played in San Sebastian. Both teams have exceeded expectations this season, especially Real Sociedad, which is at the top of the table and they are on an excellent fifth place. In the last three months, they have played only one really bad match, when they were convincingly defeated, and they are now in a series of two championship and two Cup matches without defeat. Sevilla is even better and they are in third place with four points more on the account, but this team is also very good in the Champions League, however, they are facing elimination from the Copa del Rey. They have just like Real Sociedad in the championship, made two victories, while last season Real Sociedad celebrated in both mutual duels, in San Sebastian with a clear 2-0. Begins: 07.01.2017. – 20:45 CET
Since they do not already have European obligations, then it seems that Real Sociedad decided try to do something more in the Cup, so they are on the threshold of placement in the quarter-finals, although their rival is a team of Villarreal. They defeated them at home with 3-1, which is a great advantage for the second match and they should defend it. In the championship, they played a disastrous match three rounds ago in La Coruna and they lost with 5-1, but five games before that in two defeats before that, Real Sociedad was very good. Only Real Madrid has managed to do something more this season at Anoeta, while all the others were in a subordinate position, even Barcelona, which played a draw 1-1.
Atletico Madrid has also lost there, while they two rounds defeated Valencia with 3-2. They are not bad at home, where they already have four victories, and the last one that lost was Granada with 2-0. Zurutuza was absent in that match due to suspension and the first shooter Willian Jose has also missed that match because of minor injuries. But that did not bother them to win, while in the Cup match against Villarreal both of the mentioned players were back in the lineup. Now C.Martinez will not be in the team due to injury, while Bergara and Agirretxe are questionable center-back Raul Navas.
Probable lineups Real Sociedad: Rulli – Zaldua, I.Martinez, Raul Navas(C.Gonzalez), Yuri Berciche – Illarramendi, Zurutuza, Xabi Prieto – Vela, Oyarzabal, Willian Jose
Sevilla is playing on three fronts this season, but it is quite evident it will not be like that for long. They had no luck during the draw for the Cup and they got Real Madrid as their opponent in the round of sixteen, with the proviso that it was good that they played the rematch at home. However, in the first match in Madrid, they have played badly and they were defeated with 3-0, which is of very difficult to reach against Real Madrid. And it can be said that their opponent offered, because they played in a very changed structure, and Sevilla simply had to use it better and at least score a goal, when they already received them so easy.
Coach Sampaoli has not changed his team much at all, but he played without a classic striker and this timid tactics has cost them dearly. Vietti and Ben Yedder were left on the bench, even though they are in very good shape and Correa could not do much as the only player in the top of the attack. Now we certainly do not expect the same composition, because Rami is suspended, and Pereja will be at the center-back position. The good news is that left back Escudero has recovered, and it is clear that Vietto returns in the attack, if not Ben Yedder, but there is also Vazquez.
Probable lineups FC Sevilla: S.Rico – Mariano, Nercado, Pareja, Escudero – Iborra, N’Zonzi – Nasri, Vitolo, Vazquez – Vietto
Real Sociedad vs. FC Sevilla PICK
Both teams are having a good season and this will be a big showdown, but we should know that Real Sociedad is excellent at home and we believe that they will dominate against Sevilla. That is why we do not expect that the guests can celebrate in this match, while a draw is a possible option, with a slight advantage for the hosts.
Pick: Asian Handicap 0 Real Sociedad
Odds: 1.72 at betvictor (down to 1.62 can be played)