- Levante have lost only one of their previous seven matches
- Both teams have scored in five of Real Sociedad’s last seven contests
- Levante have drawn four of their last seven games in La Liga
Real Sociedad’s Euro hopes continue to fade
Prior to the resumption of La Liga, Real Sociedad were in a prime position to land a Champions League berth but they now find themselves clinging on to a top-seven spot.
The Basque outfit have suffered losses to Alaves, Real Madrid, Celta Vigo and Getafe since the restart and have slid down the standings as a result.
They restored some hope with a 2-1 win over relegation candidates Espanyol on Thursday but even on that occasion they were somewhat wasteful in the final third and the scores were level until Alexander Isak struck in the 84th minute.
Real Sociedad have dazzled with their array of young, forward-thinking players such as Martin Odegaard, Isak and Mikel Oyarzabal this season but one of the main drawbacks of a youthful side is inconsistency.
Basque side inconsistent on their travels
Despite winning 15 league matches this season, they have also lost 13 and have been especially unreliable on the road, where eight of their league defeats have come this term.
The absence of fans in the stands has not seemed to alter that – they have lost both away fixtures since returning to action – and they may struggle to see off Levante.
The Valencian hosts look to have secured themselves top-flight football for another season and can consequently treat remaining games as a free hit.
They did exactly that in their last home contest, beating Real Betis 4-2, with four different players finding the net for them, and they have performed well against the division’s stronger sides of late.
Levante set for another close encounter
Since the restart, they have held Valencia and Sevilla to draws as well as pushing Atletico Madrid close in a 1-0 home defeat, in which Bruno Gonzalez’s own goal was the difference.
Levante have conceded more than one goal in only one of their previous seven fixtures and should make themselves tough to beat against misfiring Sociedad, enhancing appeal about backing a draw as the match prediction.
Only six of Levante’s 16 home matches have featured over 2.5 goals this season and, given that three of their last seven matches in La Liga have finished as score draws, 1-1 could be the best way to play it in terms of a correct score prediction.
The reverse fixture at the Anoeta in October was a close affair, finishing 2-1 in favour of Levante, and another tight encounter is expected at the Estadio Camilo Cano.
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