Valencia hosts Real Sociedad in round 1 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Saturday, August 17th at Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)
This year, Valencia won the Spanish Cup. In the Cup final, it beat the current champion of the country Barcelona with a 2:1 score. In the last season of the national championship, Valencia took fourth place and got the last ticket to the Champions League. The team earned 61 points. Sevilla, which gained 59 points and had an advantage in the number of victories and goals scored, was a serious competitor for the Bats. But due to the good work in the defense, Valencia remained in fourth place. As for defense, the team coped both in home and away matches. In the last Europa League draw, the Spanish team reached the semifinals, where English Arsenal stood on its way. The Spaniards lost with a 3:7 on average. In the summer off-season, the club held several friendly matches. Valencia lost to Monaco in the first game (0:1). Then it gained two victories over Sion (3:0) and Sporting (2:1). After that, the Spaniards lost to Brighton (1:2) and beat Bayer in the next match (2: 1). And at the end of a series of friendly matches, Valencia lost to Inter on penalties (1:2). In summer, the Spanish club acquired new players: Maxi Gomez (Celta), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Jasper Cillessen (Barcelona) and Manu Vallejo (Cadiz).
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Real Sociedad took ninth place in the last season of the Spanish championship. In the last match, it lost to Espanyol with a 0:2 score. But if Sociedad gained a victory over this team, it would have qualified for the Europa League – it lacked only three points. The team also performed quite well in the home field, where it had an advantage in both attack and defense. This summer, the Real Sociedad made several transfers, namely, it bought Alexander Isak (Borussia D), Portu (Girona) and Mobido Sagnan (Lens). Alex Remiro (Athletic) came as a free agent, and Norwegian Martin Odegaard was taken on loan from Real Madrid. The club also held many friendly games, where victories intersperse with defeats. Sociedad beat Lagun Onak (5-0) and Alaves (1-0) and lost to Racing (0-1), Watford (1-2) and Eibar (1-2). There were also two draws with Nottingham Forrest (2-2) and Millwall (3-3).
Bookmakers claim that Valencia will gain victory in the upcoming match and confirm this with a rather high coefficient. The odds for Sociedad are three times bigger. We believe that Valencia has every chance of winning the upcoming match. And the home field will be the main advantage of the team because it plays excellently in defense there. But the victory will obviously not be easy, because Real Sociedad is not bad at attacking in a foreign field.
Prediction for the match: Valencia to win