In the shadow of return legs in the Champions League, there is a Basque derby in La Liga Tuesday evening. Real Sociedad maintains their busy schedule, as they swing by rivals Eibar hoping to end a current poor run. Few teams expect to get anything from Camp Nou. After all, the Catalan giants are unbeaten at home in La Liga since November 2018.
Nonetheless, Real Sociedad made a fine attempt of it on Saturday, with Barca needing a little Messi-magic nine minutes before time. They arguably deserved a point for sticking to their task and causing Quique Setien’s side several moments of concern. Now they must quickly consign the 1-0 defeat to history and get themselves prepared for this Tuesday clash. It is rescheduled from Matchday 24 following air pollution around the Ipurua Stadium.
Only a win counts for La Real
A victory here for Sociedad takes them level on points with fourth-placed Getafe and potentially above them on goal difference. They comfortably dispatched their opponents 4-1 in November’s reverse fixture. There are question marks as to whether they are quite the same side on the road. They have now lost their last three La Liga away matches and head to Ipurua with just one win from six on their travels.
After three wins and a draw from their last four games at Ipurua, Eibar rated as banker material on Saturday at home to Mallorca. A team who had previously registered two draws and 10 defeats from their 12 away matches this term. But Los Bermellones threw the stats and formbook out of the window to post a long-awaited first away success of the campaign.
The result dragged Eibar back into the relegation dogfight, putting a ton of pressure on them to take something from this game. They will be hoping Sociedad have been softened up after chasing the ball for long periods at Camp Nou three days ago. The quick turnaround could lead to an open contest here at Ipurua, continuing a recent trend of matches between these sides. Five of the last six encounters have seen both teams score and a similar outcome here looks likely.
Eibar has scored in each of their last five home games, bagging 10 goals in total. While Sociedad had scored 11 in five prior to Saturday’s loss at Barca. Additionally, the visitors have conceded 13 in their last seven away fixtures. With games coming hard and fast for Sociedad right now. One bigger than the other, it might also be worth opposing them here. They are without a win here since 2007 having failed to beat Eibar in six previous visits. A home win or a double chance 1X.