Prematch: Real Sociedad vs Rayo Vallecano

Real Sociedad looks for victory against Red Sashes at this weekend’s matchup.

Published: April 22, 2023 05:04


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La Liga
22 Apr 18:30

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Real Sociedad and Rayo Vallecano will go head-to-head at 17:30 (GMT+1) on Saturday, April 22 in La Liga action at the Reale Arena in Madrid. Real Sociedad recently suffered their second loss in three games against Vallecans but are aiming for revenge when this La Liga fixture begins at Reale Arena.

Real Sociedad Aim to Overcome Rayo Vallecano and Reclaim Winning Ways in La Liga

Real Sociedad have alternated wins and defeats over their last four matches since Inaki Williams scored twice for Real Sociedad [33′, 70′], following their 2-0 loss to Athletic Club last weekend. Even so, Sociedad remain fourth on the La Liga table with 51 points [15W, 6D & 8L]. The White and Blues have plans in motion to get back into winning ways in order to stay at least three points clear of Real Betis [48 points] at fifth spot. Real Sociedad have not lost a game against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga [4W, 4D, 0L], after suffering defeat three previous encounters against them. Unfortunately though, Real Sociedad have suffered two losses out of five home matches against them [2W, 1D, 2L]. Alguacil defeated their visitors 11-1 during a 14 game sequence [10W, 3D, 1L]. Mikel Oyarzabal and Takefusa Kubo formed an attacking duo against Lions before Alguacil’s 4–1–3–2 formation will likely repeat itself against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday – with Robin Le Normand suspended due to excessive yellow cards accumulation.

Rayo Vallecano Ends Winless Run, Moves Up to 8th Place with 2-1 Win Over Osasuna

Rayo Vallecano defeated Osasuna with a 2-1 win, ending an eight-game winless run and moving them up into 8th place with 40 points from 10 wins, 10 draws, and 9 losses. Rayo have lost five of their six visits to teams from the Basque region in La Liga this season [1W, 0D, 5L]; one more loss than they suffered against regional sides in their previous nine road matches (4W, 1D, 4L]. With Barcelona coming into town the following week in an important clash, Rayo would like to take advantage of Sociedad by picking up three points here against them. Andoni Iraola employed a 4–2–3-1 formation that Sergio Camello led his attack during their recent 2-1 win against Osasuna. Due to no changes expected, 22-year-old striker, Alejandro Catena who only scored five goals and four assists from 29 La Liga appearances is expected to return as an attacking weapon for Atletico Madrid this Saturday against Sociedad after picking up an excessive number of yellow cards before this weekend’s matches. Meanwhile Alejandro Catena and Garcia Rivera will both miss this weekend’s encounter due to suspension for having amassed too many yellow cards prior to playing this weekend’s match-ups.

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