Salzburg vs Real Sociedad
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 22 February 2018
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: Red Bull Arena (Salzburg).
Takumi Minamino notched a 94-th minute equalizer for Salzburg to bring the Austrian champions an edge ahead of the rematch at their Red Bull Arena. Given that Sociedad have been the favourites to advance from this tie before the first leg at Anoeta, the 2-2 draw on the road is a fantastic result for Marco Rose and his side and it leaves the tie wide open ahead of the rematch in Salzburg.
A deep run in Europa League might well save the season for the Basques who have been struggling badly for consistency in this term of La Liga. The team led by Eusebio Sacristian sits at the disappointing 12th position in the domestic league and the contest for European spots is beyond the reach for them at this stage of the season.
This is why we can expect the vanish outfit to push hard for the success in Austria and it promises a super interesting evening of football at Red Bull Arena. The visitors have a strong firepower on display in the final third which is what they’ve shown in the first leg when Alvaro Odrizola and Adnan Januzaj completed a second-half comeback form them.
The team’s star man is Willian Jose who could make a return after the injury, but his appearance remains in question. Nonetheless, Sacristian’s side is super vulnerable at the other end which leaves space for Salzburg’s talisman Munas Dabbur to increase his five-goal tally in Europa League. Israeli striker was on target in a demolishing 4-0 win over St. Polten in weekend’s Bundesliga action and he might be worth backing as the anytime goalscorer past the struggling defensive line of Sociedad’s here.
Salzburg vs Real Sociedad: Head-to-head
This will only be the second ever head to head encounter between the two sides.
The first one offered a wide-open contest ending in a 2-2 draw seven days ago at Anoeta.
Salzburg vs Real Sociedad: Prediction
Interestingly, Salzburg head into this as the bookies’ favourites which is something we’ll try and take advantage of given that the quality is still on Sociedad’s side in spite of a 2-2 draw in the first leg.
The best you won’t make a mistake with is BTTS, while we will alternatively back the visitors to win at 3.00