Monaco hosts Real Sociedad in round 5 of the Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Thursday, November 25th at Stade Louis II (Monaco)
Monaco is ranked 1st in the standings with eight points after four matches. The Monegasques have two victories and two draws. Nico Kovac’s men are approaching the decisive matches of the group stage not in the best mood. The last time AS Monaco won in an official game was on October 24. Since then, the Red-Whites have had three draws and one defeat in four games. On November 19, they gained a draw for the third time in a row, sharing points with Lille at home (2-2). The visitors stunned the Monegasques with two goals by the 9th minute, forcing the home team to win back a 2-goal gap. In the first half, Monaco reduced the gap with the efforts of Krepin Diatta, and then the hosts equalized thanks to a goal from Wissam Ben-Yedder.
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Real Sociedad is in 2nd position in Group B with six points. In four rounds, the Blue-Whites gained one victory and three draws. Sociedad looks powerful in the current season, showing a willingness to fight for top spots in all tournaments. The away defeat to Barça in the debut game of the season on August 15 (4-2) remains the only one for the team from San Sebastian after the summer vacation. Real Sociedad's unbeaten streak reached 17 matches after a home game against Valencia on 21 November. It ended without goals but was remembered for a lot of fouls. The opponents picked up 11 yellow cards and one red for two.
Monaco and Real Sociedad have crossed paths twice in recent months. On July 28, the Spaniards defeated the Monegasques at home in a friendly game (2-1). After 2 months, the teams met again in San Sebastian in the 2nd round of the Europa League group stage. That confrontation ended with a score of 1-1. Axel Disasi scored for Monaco, and the Basques responded with a goal by Mikel Merino. The upcoming confrontation between Monaco and Real Sociedad is unpredictable. The Red-Whites will have a slight advantage in the form of a home pitch, but on the other hand, they have not shone with results in recent matches. The Spaniards do without defeat for a long time, although they often tie. They shared points with their opponents in four out of six previous games. Fans saw two goals in the previous match between the leaders of the group, and similar production can be expected on Thursday. Three of the last four matches of AS Monaco ended with Under 2.5 goals scored, and this outcome was repeated in nine of ten Sociedad’s games in all tournaments.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored