Real Sociedad can edge even closer to securing a spot in next season’s Champions League when they host strugglers Almeria on Tuesday.
La Real are on track to claim their highest La Liga finish since 2012/13 as they seek a return to Europe’s premier club competition.
Imanol Alguacil’s side sit fourth and are five points clear of fifth-placed Villarreal with three games to play, while they trail third-placed Real Madrid by six points.
Almeria head to the Anoeta on Tuesday with a battle of their own as they seek to try and pull further clear of relegation.
The Andalusian outfit are just four points clear of the drop zone but have won three of their last five fixtures.
Real Sociedad vs Almeria Betting Tips
- Real Sociedad to win and over 2.5 goals @ 11/10
- #PickYourPunt – Both teams to score and Alexander Sorloth to score anytime @ 2/1
Date: Tuesday 23 May, 2023
Location: Reale Arena, San Sebastian
David Silva, Brais Mendez, Umar Sadiq and Marin Merquelanz sat out Saturday’s win over Barcelona due to injury and that quartet will miss out again for the hosts.
Alguacil isn’t short on replacements, though, with Takefusa Kubo likely to get the nod to start after he was restricted to a substitute appearance at the Nou Camp.
Asier Illarramendi and Igor Zubeldia are both suspended so Alguacil will need to shuffle the pack in midfield.
Almeria also have several injury issues to contend with as Kaiky, Martin Svidersky, Chumi and El Bilal Tour are unavailable.
Cesar de la Hoz is an option to slot into midfield.
Real Sociedad to win and over 2.5 goals @ 11/10
Victory on Tuesday won’t mathematically secure Champions League football but they would require just a point from their final two games.
A win for Sociedad and a loss for fifth-placed Villarreal against Cadiz on Wednesday would book their spot.
With work still to be done, the Basques, who are unbeaten in six, won’t be taking their foot off the gas, especially at home.
La Real are unbeaten in eight at the Anoeta, winning four of their last five outings, and they’ll be confident of claiming another victory against an Almeria side who have lost six of their last eight on the road.
Under 2.5 goals has landed in 12 of Sociedad’s 17 fixtures at home, but this clash looks set to buck the trend.
Goals are usually on the cards in games involving Almeria, with at least three having been scored in 11 of their 17 away from home, including each of their last seven.
Backing Real Sociedad to win 2-1 at 7/1 as a Correct Score looks the way to go.
Both teams to score and Alexander Sorloth to score anytime @ 2/1
With Almeria fighting for survival, there has been no shortage of goalmouth action and this encounter should follow suit.
Both teams have scored in Almeria’s last seven away games and the same is true in two of Sociedad’s last three when hosting.
When considering a potential goalscorer, Sociedad frontman Alexander Sorloth offers plenty of interest.
The Norwegian is the leading marksman for the Basque outfit this term and he took his La Liga tally to 11 when notching in a 2-1 win over Barcelona on Saturday.
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