Villarreal Vs Real Sociedad Betting Tip: Villarreal – 13 July 2020

Yellow Subs can sink out-of-sorts La Real

Willian Jose / Real Sociedad ©imago images / Agencia EFE 10/07/2020

Spain Villarreal Vs Real Sociedad Spain

Monday 13 July 2020 – 18:30 Kick-Off
Spanish La Liga
Pick: Villarreal WIN
Odds: 13/10
Bookmaker: Bet365
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 11 July 2020)

Preview: The battle for European football next season is hotting up nicely in La Liga. Two teams at the forefront are Villarreal and Real Sociedad, who conveniently meet on Monday evening at the former’s Estadio de la Ceramica.

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Villarreal Preview – Three points a must in dwindling top-four pursuit?

The Yellow Submarine (5th – W17 D6 L12) continued their excellent period since the La Liga resumption by going to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, residence of a Getafe side entrenched in the same battle for European places, and registering an invaluable win on Wednesday. All four goals coming in the second half, with Villarreal netting three – two from the penalty spot – in a 3-1 scoreline which consolidated their hold of fifth-place in the table.

Unfortunately, despite scooping up 20 of the last 25 points available (W6 D1 L1) and losing only at home to Barcelona during this spell, it does look as though a top-four finish, and with it their shot at competing in next season’s Champions League, is going to pass them by. That is, of course, unless one of either Atletico Madrid or Sevilla, both six points better off in third and fourth, unravel in the final three rounds.

Regardless of what happens next, Villarreal have had an outstanding campaign and a fifth-place finish and subsequent qualification into the Europa League is an excellent achievement. Javier Calleja’s men are also among the most in-form sides in the division with six wins from eight post-lockdown fixtures, with five of those coming by way of a clean sheet as this previously gung-ho outfit look to tighten up down the home stretch.


Villarreal & Over 2.5 Goals



Real Sociedad Preview – Dismal form hampering final push for Europe?

There may well be a fair few envious glances towards their opposite numbers on Sunday, and for good reason, as since the restart Real Sociedad (7th – W15 D6 L14) have toiled while Villarreal have thrived despite the pairing chasing the same end goal: qualification for next season’s European competitions. As things stand, with only the top-six guaranteed a place in Europe for 2020-21, the White and Blues are set to miss out.

A grandstand finish is imperative for La Real, who trail sixth-placed Getafe by two points but are now only a point better off than Granada and Valencia. Any slip-ups from this moment onwards could have significant repercussions. Yet expecting this side to suddenly embark on a run of victories in their final three games is speculative at best, having seen them win once in eight (W1 D1 L6) since returning to action a month ago.

Just five of the last 24 points have been claimed by Imanol Alguacil’s team, who must be pondering where it has all gone wrong. Friday’s shock home defeat to Granada the latest damaging blow to their faltering European aspirations, losing 3-2 late on at Anoeta despite clawing back a 2-0 half-time deficit and restoring parity at 2-2 with less than ten minutes remaining. A fifth defeat in seven La Liga games.

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Villarreal Vs Real Sociedad Betting Advice

Considering the contrasting forms on show here, I am very surprised that Villarreal are not a lot shorter in price. The hosts boast by far and away the superior form with six wins and only one loss – versus title-chasing Barca – in eight matches since the restart. Whereas Real Sociedad arrive in a state of disarray, following another inexplicable defeat last time out – their fifth in eight games having beaten only rock-bottom Espanyol during this same period.


Villarreal Vs Real Sociedad – Key Facts

  • A 3-1 victory away to Getafe last Wednesday was Villarreal‘s sixth La Liga win in eight games (W6 D1 L1).
  • Defeat at home to Granada on Friday, losing 3-2 having earlier fought back from 2-0 down to level at 2-2, was a fifth league defeat in eight games (W1 D2 L5) for Real Sociedad.
  • Villarreal, 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture on Matchday 19 in January, have now won three of four head-to-head encounters (W3 L1) with Real Sociedad since the start of last season.


Furthermore, Real Sociedad boast one win in their last seven away league games (W1 D1 L5). Villarreal’s momentum and quality therefore should carry them to another vital set of three points here. Alternatively, goals are an option. Just one of Sociedad’s last six matches didn’t feature a goal for both teams, while six of Villarreal’s previous eight home games went the same way. Villarreal & Both Teams To Score naturally appeals at 16/5 (Betfair).


Best Betting Odds – Villarreal Vs Real Sociedad

Villarreal – 13/10 (Bet365)
Draw – 21/10 (Betway)
Real Sociedad – 5/2 (BetVictor)