Real Sociedad - Mallorca predictions and free betting tips [21/10/2023]
On Saturday, 21st October, within the framework of the Spanish La Liga's 10th game week, Real Sociedad will be hosting Mallorca on home ground. The Basques, who are currently sitting in 6th place on the league table, suffered a 2:1 defeat against Atletico Madrid two weeks ago, while 15th-placed Mallorca managed to secure a 1:1 draw against Valencia.
Real Sociedad: Remiro; Traore, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Munoz; Mendez, Zubimendi, Merino; Kubo, Oyarzabal, Barrenetxea.
Mallorca: Rajkovic; Gonzalez, Valjent, Nastasic, Lato; Sanchez, Costa, Morales, D Rodriguez; Prats, Muriqi.
The battle will take place in San Sebastian at the Reale Arena.
Having earned a Champions League spot, Real Sociedad is now juggling fronts, but at present the double duty doesn't seem to overly faze the team. Currently, the hosts are positioned at 6th place in La Liga, trailing the 4th-placed Atletico Madrid by four points. In the Champions League, Sociedad managed a 1:1 draw against Inter Milan at home, and secured a 0:2 victory against Salzburg away. After a commendable run of three consecutive victories, including a 3:0 win over Athletic in a derby, the Basques succumbed to Atletico Madrid (2:1) before the international break.
Mikel Oyarzabal responded to Samuel Lino's goal, but Antoine Griezmann's successful penalty shot in the 89th minute determined the match outcome. Next week, the white and blues will be traveling to face Benfica in the UCL, but for now, all of Imanol's charges' attention will be focused on La Liga.
Mallorca has been underperforming this season as compared to the last. To put it bluntly, after nine game weeks, the Islanders have managed to secure only one La Liga victory – they overcame Celta Vigo (0:1). Otherwise, the results have been far from encouraging: three losses and five draws. Furthermore, three of the last three league matches resulted in draws for the red and gold, including a 2:2 standoff against the reigning Spanish champions Barcelona.
Just before the international break, Mallorca managed a 1:1 draw against Valencia away. As a result, the team sits in a mere 15th place at the onset of the 10th game week with 8 points accrued (the team managed to finish in 9th place last spring). The Islanders have conceded 15 goals but scored 12, with Vedat Muriqi and Abdon Prats each netting four goals in the first two campaign months.
The last time Mallorca beat Real Sociedad in the league was in September 2012, and their most recent encounter in March this year ended in a 1:1 draw.
Match Prediction: Real Sociedad vs. Mallorca
Despite challenges this season, Mallorca remains a highly formidable opponent as confirmed by their three consecutive draws. Nevertheless, Sociedad is keen to redeem themselves before their fans from the loss to Atletico and to catch up to the top 4 teams. With their superior squad, the Blue and Whites can certainly secure all three points on home ground.
Predictions on Total Goals
With 17 goals in 9 matches (averaging 2 goals per game), and the likes of André Silva, Kubo, and Oyarzabal at their disposal, the hosts are almost certain to register at least two goals this Saturday.
Predictions on Corner Kicks
Not only does Real Sociedad trump their opponent in quality, but they're also playing at home, which means they'll have the opportunity to create more attacks and win in corners with a -1.5 handicap.
Predictions on Yellow Cards
Mallorca is one of the most penalised teams in La Liga this season, averaging 3.5 yellow cards per match. It's safe to bet on Mallorca's individual total of over 2.5 warnings.
Predictions on the Final Score
I'll hazard a bet on a 2-0 win in favour of Sociedad.
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