Espanyol and Real Sociedad meet at RCDE Stadium, in a match for the 38 th round of the First Division. Real Sociedad won at home (3-2) the last time they met in this edition of the league, on 01-14-2019. The record of direct matches played in this stadium indicates total balance between these two teams, since there were 2 victories for each team in the last 4 matches. But the last time these two teams met at this stadium was on 11-03-2018, for the First Division, which ended with the victory of Espanyol by (2-1). Léo Baptistão (51 ‘) and Gerard Moreno (72’) scored the goals of the game, for Espanyol, and Willian José (41 ‘), for Real Sociedad. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
After 13 wins, 11 draws and 13 losses, the home team is currently in the 9 th position, with 50 points won. In their last match, they won against CD Leganés by (0-2), after in the previous match they won (3-0) at home, against Atlético Madrid. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 16 goals scored and 24 conceded; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 22 goals scored and 20 suffered. In the last 10 home league matches Espanyol has won 5, tied 3 and lost 2, for which they have won 18 points out of 30 possible. The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so they have not displayed great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 37 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 13 times and only managed 1 comeback.
Espanyol left for this game with a 0-2 triumph, in the displacement to the Leganés field, thus registering the seventh official match without tasting the bitter taste of defeat: the two goals of the team were scored by Borja Iglesias (two). Currently the locals no longer fight for any goal this season. In this match against his public, coach Rubí must act in the usual tactical system, that is, the 4-4-2, privileging possession of the ball and organized attacks. Borja Iglesias is the big star of this formation, with 17 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on David López and Pablo Piatti, both with physical problems.
The away team is currently in the 8 th position of the league, with 50 points won, after 13 wins, 11 draws and 13 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Deportivo Alavés, by (0-1). In the last match, they won in a home match against Real Madrid, by (3-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 14 goals scored and 19 conceded; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 22 goals scored and 16 conceded. For the championship, Real Sociedad won 10 points out of 30 possible, after 2 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in the last 10 home matches. The team has conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 37 matches in this competition, he only managed 3 comebacks in the 15 matches in which he suffered the first goal.
The Real Sociedad set for this match with a 3-1 victory in the reception to Real Madrid, thus registering the third successive win in this competition: the goals of the team were scored by Zaldua, Merino and Barrenetxea. Like the rival of this game, he does not fight for anything this season. In this game away from home, coach Imanol Alguacil must act with a defensive strategy, looking only for the counterattack to exploit the opponent’s back. The right winger Mikel Oyarzabal is the best score of Real Sociedad, with 13 goals scored. For this game the coach does not count on Merquelanz, Sangalli and Zurutuza, all due to injury.