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Espanyol vs. Real Sociedad 4/4/2022 La Liga Soccer Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Espanyol clashes with Real Sociedad on 4/4/2022 at 03:00 PM.

Espanyol visits Real Sociedad in a La Liga match. Espanyol with a record of 9-9-11 this season comes into this game with a 1-5-8 record on the road. Real Sociedad is 13-9-7 this season and is 8-4-2 at home.

It has been a mixed bag in the past five matches for Espanyol and it is an opportunity to get rolling. An opportunity presents itself in this road match. Real Sociedad came away with a well-earned victory in their previous match and now set their sights on Espanyol at their home pitch.

It has been a mixed bag in the past five games for Real Sociedad and it is an opportunity to get rolling. In their previous match, Real Sociedad came out with a draw and will look to chalk up a tally in the win column. Their home crowd or lack thereof (in person, but there will be virtual fans “present”) due to ongoing pandemic is hungry for a win.

The Espanyol Roster

The Players to Watch for the Espanyol

Leandro Cabrera DF



Leandro Cabrera has 28 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Leandro Cabrera has 2 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Leandro Cabrera has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Leandro Cabrera has 0 Red Cards this season.

Sergi Darder MF



Sergi Darder has 25 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Espanyol teammates, Sergi Darder had 3 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Sergi Darder has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Sergi Darder has 0 Red Cards this season.

Pedrosa DF



As a scorer, Pedrosa had 26 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Pedrosa has 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Pedrosa has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Pedrosa has 0 Red Cards this season.

Raúl de Tomás FW



As a scorer, Raúl de Tomás had 26 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Espanyol teammates, Raúl de Tomás had 14 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Raúl de Tomás has 4 Yellow Cards this season. Raúl de Tomás has 4 Red Cards this season.

Sergi Gómez DF



As a scorer, Sergi Gómez had 24 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Espanyol teammates, Sergi Gómez had 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Sergi Gómez has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Sergi Gómez has 0 Red Cards this season.

The Real Sociedad Roster

The Players to Watch for the Real Sociedad

Robin Le Normand DF



As a scorer, Robin Le Normand had 29 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Real Sociedad teammates, Robin Le Normand had 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Robin Le Normand has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Robin Le Normand has 0 Red Cards this season.

Mikel Merino MF



Mikel Merino has 23 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Mikel Merino has 3 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Mikel Merino has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Mikel Merino has 0 Red Cards this season.

Aritz Elustondo DF



Aritz Elustondo has 20 goals scored this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Real Sociedad teammates, Aritz Elustondo had 4 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Aritz Elustondo has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Aritz Elustondo has 0 Red Cards this season.

Andoni Gorosabel DF



As a scorer, Andoni Gorosabel had 19 goals this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Real Sociedad teammates, Andoni Gorosabel had 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Andoni Gorosabel has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Andoni Gorosabel has 0 Red Cards this season.

Alexander Isak FW



Alexander Isak has 17 goals scored this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. Alexander Isak has 4 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Alexander Isak has 1 Yellow Cards this season. Alexander Isak has 1 Red Cards this season.

Espanyol Team Stats

The Espanyol Offensive Stats and Metrics

Espanyol scored 1.03 goals per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations. This is an inconsistent offense that is capable of showing potency. Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Espanyol was able to score 0.76 goals off assists. This offense does not always score off an assist, but they sometimes have more heroic moments.

Espanyol converted on 0.30 of attempted shots on goal. The quality of the shots on goal and the accuracy of these shots are inconsistent.

Espanyol attempted 3.41 shots on goal (penalty kicks excluded) per 90 minutes of regulation and stoppage action. They are not attempting shots on goal enough. If you think we have not discussed their ability to get shots on goal enough, you are wrong. Espanyol attempts more shots than their shots on target, often they are altered by defenders and from all their shots 31.4% of their shots ended up requiring a goalkeeper challenge. The shots are not reaching the goalkeeper enough, they must improve.







Espanyol Defensive Stats and Metrics

Espanyol gave up 1.31 goals per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations. Espanyol plays below-average defense and puts a lot of pressure on their offense to score to make up for it. When it comes to the stress put on goalkeepers, 4.21 shots were saved by Espanyol goalkeepers this season on a per 90 minute basis. Fans are holding their breath when the ball crosses over into their defensive territory.

Espanyol goalkeepers were able to keep shots on goal from getting into the net 68.0% of the time. The struggles are real when it comes to defending shots on target. When it comes to the clean sheet percentage, 27.6% of games resulted in a clean sheet for Espanyol. This defense and goalkeeping crew is capable of having a clean sheet, the consistency is just not there.







Espanyol Utility Stats

Per 90 minutes of action, Espanyol had 9.59 crosses of the ball on the pitch. This puts Espanyol in the top 95 percentile in the league in crosses per 90 minutes. Espanyol has successfully intercepted 13.69 passes per 90 minutes of action. Espanyol is in the top 19 percentile in intercepted passes per 90 minutes. Espanyol has committed 13.45 fouls per 90 minutes of action. This puts Espanyol in the top 47 percentile in the league in fouls committed per 90 minutes. Espanyol drew 15.34 fouls per 90 minutes of action. This puts Espanyol in the top 11 percentile in the league in fouls drawn per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Espanyol committed an offside 2.07 times. This puts Espanyol in the top 70 percentile in the league in offside turnovers.







Real Sociedad Team Stats

The Real Sociedad Offensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Real Sociedad was able to score 0.79 goals. Offensively, they are quite disappointing in their ability to put the ball in the back of the net. Real Sociedad scored those goals off assists 70.0% of the time, which in per 90 minutes terms came out to 0.55 assists. Compared to other teams, the concept of sharing the ball is quite foreign.

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Real Sociedad was able to score on 0.22 of their shots on target. One of two things are happening here, this is a team that is extremely able to take shots on goal or they are just taking poor shots.

Real Sociedad attempted 3.55 shots on goal (penalty kicks excluded) per 90 minutes of regulation and stoppage action. This offense falls in the middle when it comes to the number of shots on goal they take per game. If you think we have not discussed their ability to get shots on goal enough, you are wrong. Real Sociedad attempts more shots than their shots on target, often they are altered by defenders and from all their shots 32.2% of their shots ended up requiring a goalkeeper challenge. Inconsistency in ensuring that their shot attempts become a true scoring threat has creeped in this season.

Real Sociedad Defensive Stats and Metrics

Real Sociedad gave up 0.9 goals per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations. This defense and goalkeeper have done a masterful job in preventing opponents from scoring goals. Real Sociedad goalkeepers fended off 3.21 shots per 90 minutes. Shot prevention is the best first step to goal prevention. Real Sociedad truly gets it when it comes to this concept.

When it comes to the saves percentage, 73.1% of shots on target were saved by Real Sociedad goalkeepers. The defense and goalkeeper effort as a collective does an excellent job together forcing weaker shots on target and preventing shots from becoming goals. When it comes to the clean sheet percentage, 58.6% of games resulted in a clean sheet for Real Sociedad. Their ability to shut opponents out is extremely strong.

Real Sociedad Utility Stats

Real Sociedad tried 10.31 crosses per 90 minutes of action. Real Sociedad is in the top 90 percentile in crosses per 90 minutes. Real Sociedad has successfully intercepted 12.38 passes per 90 minutes of action. This puts Real Sociedad in the top 28 percentile in the league in interceptions per 90 minutes. Real Sociedad has committed 14.24 fouls per 90 minutes of action. Real Sociedad is in the top 56 percentile in fouls committed per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Real Sociedad drew 14.62 fouls. This puts Real Sociedad in the top 19 percentile in the league in fouls drawn per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Real Sociedad committed an offside 1.9 times. Real Sociedad is in the top 56 percentile in offside calls against them.

Espanyol vs. Real Sociedad Prediction, Picks, and Odds


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