Match date: 07 Dec 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Europa League
| Stake: 9/10
| Pick: G/G
| Match result:
1-3 - Won
After four season Real Sociedad reached Europe, this time they are in Europa league and after five matches played are at second position in their group and already granted progress into next stage, in Spain are currently at 9th position and must show something better to climb up, now aren't in some great form and in last three games in domestic competitions suffered two defeats and got one draw. In last match in Europe in this year they will host Russian side Zenit and are without motivation, it would be great for them to win this duel and boost their morale but it will be difficult.
Real Sociedad are on top of scoring charts in this group with 15 goals scored in five games and were really good in offense while conceded only three goals, in Spain weren't that good in defense and conceded 26 goals in 14 games but were pretty effective. In last of Spanish Primera they faced with Atletico Madrid and were good in that encounter, until 88th minute it seemed that will avoid defeat but team from Madrid scored just few minutes before the end and Sociedad lost, four days earlier were defeated by team from third league and eliminated from Cup, judging by their current form i doubt that will manage to overcome Zenit here. Midfielder Guridi (0/0) and forward Agirretxe (3/0) are all injured and will remain sidelined.
Zenit are one of main candidates for the title in Russia while in Europe were good and won placement into second stage, currently are at the top of the table in group L and if avoid defeat tonight they will retain that spot. In Russian league they had some gaps and dropped to a second position, six points separates them from current leaders Lokomotiv Moscow and must find consistency in their form to keep up with team from Moscow. Zenit are offensive minded side with really good defense, they are coming here as underdogs but aren't without chances.
In first meeting with hosts in September they celebrated with two goals margin at home, they exploited their chances there and earned points, however now are without motivation and it will be very hard to achieve positive outcome here in Spain. In last round of Russian league Zenit celebrated in front of their fans over Ural and fully deserved victory, they scored only two goals although had much more chances, anyway here should at least break not so great defense of Real Sociedad. Visitors are coming to this duel without injured defenders Anyukov (1/0), Terentjev (4/0), midfielders Shatov (12/0), Faizulin (0/0) and forward Dzyuba (15/1).
This is match without some particular meaning since both teams already won progress into next stage, hosts are marked as a favorites by the bookies but i'm not so sure that will manage to defeat strong Russian Zenit, anyway open game and goals is what i expect, both teams to score seems like more than safe option.