Valencia vs Real Sociedad: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:57 AM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 10:57 AM UTC

Valencia should make a winning start on Saturday...
<div><h2>Valencia vs Real Sociedad</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Saturday, August 17, at the Mestalla</strong></a></p><p>Valencia enjoyed a strong finish to the 2018/19 season as they surged up to fourth in the table and then beat Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final. They are now bidding for a third consecutive top-four finish and they have made some interesting summer signings ahead of the new campaign. Los Ches have won three of their last four meetings with Real Sociedad and drawn the other, so they should feel confident in their ability to take three points in this match.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Valencia sold Neto to Barcelona in the summer and Jasper Cillessen went the other way. The Dutch number one could start between the sticks in this game. Valencia also bolstered their attacking options with Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo and Denis Cheryshev from Villarreal, while allowing Simone Zaza to move to Torino. Eliaquim Mangala has arrived from Man City to bolster the defence. Spain forward Rodrigo will still be the main man up top, while exciting widemen José Gaya, Gonçalo Guedews and Carlos Soler will provide the ammunition. Valencia look solid in midfield thanks to the presence of Dani Parejo and Geoffrey Kondogbia, and the defence is their weakest link.</p><p>It has been a summer of change for Real Sociedad, who have just lost long-serving goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli to Montpellier. Centre-backs Héctor Moreno and Jon Bautista and left-back Theo Hernández have also abandoned ship, leaving Imanol Alguacil to totally rebuild his backline. Juanmi will also be missed in attack. They are about to unveil their upgraded stadium, but they will have to play a few home games in Bilbao before it is ready, which will add further upheaval to the start of the campaign.</p><p>Portu is the main signing after Girona were relegated, while Alexander Isak has arrived to provide competition up front and Martin Odegaard has joined on loan from Real Madrid. Mikel Oyarzabal is a talented forward and fans will be pleased to see him reject a move away, while Willian José is also dangerous and Asier Illarramendi anchors the midfield well. Yet Real Sociedad look light on defensive options and Rodrigo should relish the opportunity to face them on Saturday.</p><p><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Valencia are the favourites to make a winning start to the new campaign and that is understandable. They have home advantage in this game, they have a more settled squad than Real Sociedad and they have not lost to them in several years. The draw has been a popular betting option thus far among punters, but it is tempting to back Valencia to edge this one. They are superior in almost every department and if they maintain the form they displayed towards the end of last season they really should take all three points.</p><p><strong>Top Tip: <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Betway">Valencia to win at 1.73 (8/11) with Betway</a></strong></p></div>
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