Villarreal vs Real Sociedad predictions and betting tips for the La Liga fixture at 19:45 on Saturday 27th of January, with an anytime goalscorer and correct score tip included.
The hosts head into this weekend’s clash in 5th place in the La Liga standings, only a point behind a stuttering Real Madrid side that currently occupies the final Champions League position. Villarreal are in decent form at present, unbeaten in their last five matches and winning four of those in the process, albeit only by a single goal margin. Real Sociedad head to the east coast off the back of a three game losing streak that has seen the Basque side concede seven times. That has been the story of their season, really, where a lot of their good work in attack is frequently undone by a poor defensive record.
I think it is safe to to say that on current form this does appear like a fairly routine home win will be on the cards. Something worth bearing in mind, though, is that Villarreal don’t tend to score a lot of goals and haven’t actually scored more than twice in a game in their last twelve matches. In addition to this, Sociedad have the fifth best offensive record in La Liga and thrashed Villarreal 3-0 in San Sebastián earlier in the season. Nevertheless, the hosts current defensive record looks imperious and both in-form Valencia and Real Madrid have both drawn a blank against the Yellow Submarine in the last few weeks. With that in mind, back a home win at a best price of 21/20 with Bet365.
Following the impending departure of top scorer Cedrick Bakamubu to the Chinese Super League, it appears that Carlos Bacca will take up the reigns as Villarreal’s main focal point. Despite a rather underwhelming start to life in La Liga, Bacca has still notched seven goals so far this season, as well as scoring the winner against Valencia a couple of games ago. Although the Colombian international might have to fight off Manu Trigueros for penalty kick duties, the former AC Milan striker looks excellent value at 9/5 with Paddy Power to score at anytime in the match.
Moving over to the correct score market, and as I’ve previously alluded to, Villarreal have won four of their last five matches by a single goal margin and only conceded first half goals in three of their 20 games in La Liga this season. With that in mind, 9/1 odds for a narrow 1-0 victory look very appealing at 9/1 with Bet Stars. However, should be be in a winning position heading into the final fifteen minutes, my advice would be to take the money and run. Villarreal have conceded nine times in the last fifteen minutes which is the joint-second worst record in the division.
Bookmakers for this weekend’s clash currently have Villarreal trading as 21/20 favourites. Real Sociedad are available as 5/2 underdogs, with the draw also on offer at 5/2 as well. Those looking to pursue the both teams to score avenue, I would advice you keep this one out of your BTTS Acca this weekend as there are far better options available at a price of 8/13. Should first goalscorers be your thing, the current market favourite is Villarreal’s Carlos Bacca at 5/1, although Real Sociedad’s 14 goal striker William Jose might be worth a punt to hedge your bets at an excellent price of 6/1.
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