San Sebastián / Valencia, Feb. 21 (EFE) .- Real Sociedad and Valencia, two direct rivals for Europe, settle their fight to climb positions in the table with the favorite San Sebastian, after adding five consecutive wins, and a set that arrives impacted for the win (4-1) received in the Champions League at Atalanta’s house and diminished in terms of troops.
The Real is very strong in his field and in case of victory he would establish a record that he did not achieve in the First Division for 25 years, by linking six straight wins before an excited fans with the team’s game, but with the bad memory still of the lazy First leg semifinal match against Numancia (2-1) in his last appearance at home.
The copero tournament obsesses in San Sebastián but is parked until March 4, because before the Txuriurdin want to track their career in LaLiga against Valencia and Valladolid at home.
Two good results would be equivalent to positioning in Europe if the results accompany, waiting for what happens in the postponed match against Eibar that will be played in mid-March.
Possible alignment of Real Sociedad in their match against Valencia
The realistic coach, Imanol Alguacil, has sensitive casualties for this match, as does his adversary, and he will not be able to count on one of his figures, Cristian Portuguese “Portu”, sanctioned by cards, in addition to missing the clash one of his possible substitutes , Ander Barrenetxea, which opens ownership to Belgian Adnan Januzaj, while David Zurutuza does not enter the call.
The absence in defense of Diego Llorente, who will be a few weeks off, in addition to the already discounted Asier Illarramendi in his sixth month of recovery after his serious ankle injury, complete the section of absences in a Real that trusts that the fans, which led to record attendance in the previous League match against Athletic, unbalance the balance in their favor.
Possible alignment of Valencia in his match against Real Sociedad
Valencia comes with the moral touched after not having won in its last four games, in which, in addition, it has become attached to the Copa del Rey and on the verge of elimination in the Champions League after 4-1 received from Atalanta Wednesday in San Siro.
Along with the bad results, the team has also transmitted a growing defensive weakness especially outside the home, so it faces the visit to Anoeta with some fear.
The hard defeats suffered in Getafe and in Italy they will test the mental strength of a team that made in the last two campaigns of its defensive security its identity sign and the float to be seized in times of swell.
The problems, however, are not only trustworthy as the infirmary is again full, especially of defensive players.
The two headlines are low for this meeting, Ezequiel Garay (who will not play again this long-term injured season) and Gabriel Paulista, as well as the absent last minute, José Luis Gayà, next to the middle center Francis Coquelin.
To these absences we must also add those of Cristiano Piccini, Manu Vallejo and Rodrigo Moreno, all due to injury, Alessandro Florenzi, due to illness, and Maxi Gómez, due to sanction.
With all this, Albert Celades, Valencia coach, will keep Daniel Wass on the right side and will align Jaume Costa on the left, with Mouctar Diakhaby and Elliaquim Mangala on the back of the rear behind the two half centers Dani Parejo and Geoffrey Kondogbia
The bands will be for Ferran Torres and Carlos Soler with Gonçalo Guedes and Kevin Gameiro in attack, although Denis Cheryshev could take the position either of Soler or Guedes.
In spite of all the inconveniences that it drags, Valencia travels to San Sebastián in need of adding, since a defeat would take him out of the European zone since the Real Sociedad, eighth with 37 points and one game less, would advance him in the classification.
In addition, the Valencian team could move away from the positions that give the right to dispute the next edition of the Champions League, its main objective of this season, despite being played this day direct duels such as Atlético de Madrid-Villarreal and Getafe -Seville.
Given how close both teams are currently, the goal difference will be another factor that will be important in the match. The 1-1 of the first leg in Mestalla on the first day of the championship, will make the team that takes all three points also be imposed in this facet.
Real Sociedad: Remiro; Zaldua, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Monreal; Guevara, Merino, Odegaard; Januzaj, Alexander Isak and Oyarzabal.
Valencia: Jaume Doménech, Wass, Diakhaby, Mangala, Jaume Costa, Ferran Torres, Parejo, Kondogbia, Carlos Soler, Guedes and Gameiro.
Referee: González González (Castilla-León).
Stadium: Reale Arena.
Timetable and where to watch the game
Television: Movistar and MiTele.