La Real, forced to end the streak of four defeats against the bottom team

Real Sociedad welcomes bottom Espanyol submerged in the doubts of his game after the break and the streak of four consecutive defeats, the worst for his coach, Imanol Alguacil, with Odegaard’s probable loss against a rival who is ten points behind the Salvation with six games ahead.

Before the break, this haul would have had a clear prognosis because it would face one of the fittest teams throughout the season against a history player who lives a few hours very low, with his fourth coach this season and the almost impossible permanence if he loses at Reale. Sand.

The people of San Sebastian, pressed in the seventh place by Valencia and Athletic, have achieved a single point out of the fifteen disputed after the league restart, but the worst is the feeling that their game gives off and the few chances of goal that it is generating against all odds.

After falling one more year in Getafe, a game in which Alguacil implanted a novel defense of five that did not work, it is possible that the Guipuzcoan coach will introduce changes to seek more offensive projection.

The central Diego Llorente, absent in Getafe due to accumulation of cards, can return to the team although his last appearance in the starting lineup did not leave a good memory against Celta (0-1) either, while the probable loss of Odegaard, with problems of knee, could be supplied by Portu.

The txuriurdin team has also dried up facing the goal, has only scored four since LaLiga returned, something surprising with players such as Isak, William José or Oyarzabal, who are around or exceed ten goals this season each.

Espanyol face the match against Real Sociedad in Anoeta as one of their last bullets to hold on to the already tricky fight for permanence in the First Division.

Celta’s puncture against Mallorca allows parakeet fans to cling to tomorrow’s match with minimal hope for the future. From the Catalan wardrobe they recognize that the task is very complicated, but they also insist that they will not lower their arms.

This is precisely the clear slogan of the new coach, Francisco Joaquín Pérez Rufete, who took over the team after the dismissal of Abelardo Fernández. It will be Rufete’s second commitment to the command of the bench and the tactical variations will be few compared to his predecessor.

Rufete will give the list of summoned after training this afternoon and before appearing at a press conference to assess the league day. The preparer will have all its personnel in the face of this commitment. The centrals Calero and Bernardo and the forward Calleri are warned of sanction.

The priority of the coaching staff is to reactivate the team spiritually. Beyond the mathematical options of permanence, with the change of coach, an impulse in hunger and the attitude of footballers is pursued. Finishing the course in the best possible way is non-negotiable.

In Espanyol’s last five visits to Anoeta, the balance between both teams has been balanced. The host has won twice, in the 2018-19 season and in the 2013-14 season, and has lost in the 2015-16 season. The two teams tied one in both the 2017-18 and 2016-17 academic years.

Probable lineups

Real society:

Remiro; Zaldua, Llorente, Aritz, Monreal; Zubeldia, Merino, Portu, Januzaj, Oyarzabal and Willian José.


Diego Lopez; Javi López, Bernardo, Cabrera, Dídac Vilà; Melendo, David López, Marc Roca, Embarba; Calleri and De Tomás.


Sánchez Martínez. (Murcia Committee).


Royal Arena.

Time and TV:

19:30 hours. Movistar LaLiga.


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