Real Sociedad will travel to Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneosto to face La Liga newbies Almería in the 16th round of the 2022-23 season.
Venue: Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos
Almería have won their last four home games in the league.
They have scored 2+ goals in four of their last seven league home games.
The hosts have won a league-high three games as pre-match outsiders at home (W3, L2).
Real Sociedad have won their last five competitive away games.
They have kept three clean sheets in their last five away games.
The visitors are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions (W4, D2).
Head to head
Almería are unbeaten in their last three head-to-head meetings with Real Sociedad, winning two and drawing one.
Latest performances in all competitions
Real Sociedad: W-W-L-L-D
Almería will look to shake off the disappointment from their 1-1 draw with Cadiz when they host Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Despite holding the lead for over 40 minutes against Cadiz, the hosts were made to settle for one point on their return to league action. That result means they have now failed to win over half of their league games when scoring the opener this season (W3, D2, L2).
Yet Almería are still enjoying their second-best ever top-flight points return after 15 games, behind only a 19-point haul at the same stage of 2007/08 when they secured an eighth-placed finish.
Having made his 600th appearance as a manager, 69 of which he made as Almería boss, head coach Rubi will be hoping that this game will come with a win. The Spanish tactician Rubi alluded to the “great team-fans-city communion” during the week, and it’s no surprise that the mood is positive given that only table-toppers Barcelona have won more home league games than Almería’s five this term (W5, L2).
Possible Almería starting line-up
Fernando Martínez, Alejandro Pozo, Srdjan Babic, Chumi, Sergio Akieme, Cesar De La Hoz, Lucas Robertone, Leo Baptistao, Gonzalo Melero, Largie Ramazani, El Bilal Touré.
Real Sociedad will look to make it six wins in six games when they take on Almería away from home.
The visitors picked up right where they left off upon their return to league action, with a 2-0 win over Osasuna last time out. The result kept their top-four challenge going as they come into this tie sitting in third place.
Currently, in his tenth consecutive year in his current stint with the club, Imanol Alguacil’s continued commitment was repaid with a contract extension during the World Cup break. The coach will hope that his boys make it four wins in four games, having won three in a row since the return to action.
Boasting an identical away league record as Almería at home (W5, L2), it could be fortuitous for Real Sociedad to be such warm favourites to take the spoils here.
Possible Real Sociedad starting line-up
Alex Remiro, Aritz Elustondo, Igor Zubeldia, Robin Le Normand, Diego Rico Salguero, Mikel Merino, Martín Zubimendi, David Silva, Takefusa Kubo, Alexander Sorloth, Mohamed Ali Cho.
Injured: Alex Sola
Doubtful: Carlos Fernandez, Martin Merquelanz
Suspended: Briaz Mendez
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Almería 2-1 Sociedad