Real Sociedad

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Anoeta

15/02/2018 | 6:00 pm

FC Red Bull Salzburg

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Anoeta

15/02/2018 | 6:00 pm

In a sentence: Real Sociedad will welcome Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg for the first leg of their Europa League last 32 clash on Thursday night.

Last time: Thursday will bring the first ever meeting between Real Sociedad and Salzburg in European competition.

This time: Real Sociedad are 5/6 to triumph with Salzburg available at 15/4 and the draw at 31/10.

You might remember: Salzburg faced Spanish opposition in the shape of Villarreal during the last 32 stage of the 2014-15 Europa League. It was Villarreal that triumphed over the two legs courtesy of a 5-2 aggregate success.

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Real Sociedad’s last game at Anoeta ended in a 5-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna

Real Sociedad’s first European campaign for three years has seen them qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League, and they will take on a Salzburg team who are competing in the knockout stage of this competition for the fifth time. Salzburg impressively won their group to make the round of 32, and they will be the first ever Austrian side to take on La Liga outfit Real Sociedad. Both managers will be desperate to pick up a positive result ahead of the return match.

Real Sociedad are 5/6 to triumph as they look to ensure that they take an advantage into the second leg of the last-32 tie. The Spanish side have been inconsistent in La Liga this season, but they finished second behind Zenit Saint Petersburg in Group L to make this stage of the Europa League. Real Sociedad have actually only lost once at home in the Europa League since the 1988-89 season, although that defeat came last time out against Zenit.

Salzburg are 15/4 to pick up a first-leg victory. The Austrian side won three and drew three of their six matches to comfortably top Group I. They only conceded once, meanwhile, as they finished top of their Europa League group for the fourth time. Salzburg have also been impressive in their domestic league this season – topping the Austrian Bundesliga on 49 points – but have lost eight of their previous 12 fixtures with Spanish opposition.

The draw is 31/10, and it is worth nothing that Salzburg drew three of their six group matches this season. The Austrian side have also kept clean sheets in each of their last five Europa League matches, and might well look to play out a goalless draw with the view to finishing the job in front of their own supporters. Real Sociedad though have a strong recent home record in this particular competition.

Jon Bautista is 11/2 in the first goalscorer market on Thursday night, while the 22-year-old can be backed at 8/1 to score two or more goals during the 90 minutes. The Real Sociedad forward has already scored in the Europa League this season, and came off the bench to net against Real Madrid in the league at the weekend.

Manus Dabbur is 7/1 in the first goalscorer market, while the Salzburg forward is 11/1 to score two or more times at the Anoeta. The 25-year-old scored three times in six Europa League appearances earlier this season, and he also been in fine form in the Austrian Bundesliga during the 2017-18 campaign.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Salzburg are unbeaten in their last 15 European matches – winning nine times in the process. It is 11/10 for Salzburg or draw in the double chance market. Real Sociedad or Salzburg, meanwhile, is available at 3/10.

2

We fancy:

The draw with both teams on the scoresheet is available at 75/19. It is good value when considering that neither manager will want to lose the first leg.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Real Sociedad lost 3-1 at home to Zenit in their last Europa League clash on December 7, and it is 35/1 that Salzburg pick up a 3-1 victory to take into the second leg of their round of 32 tie.

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Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.