|La Liga 2014-15|
| Valencia CF
||vs|| Real Sociedad
ScheduleSunday, 1 March 2015 at 10:00 GMT / 10:00 UK / 15:30 IST
Next Sunday, 1st of March 2015, a super motivated Real Sociedad will travel to the Comunidad Valenciana to measure forces with a consistent Valencia at Mestalla for round 25 of the Spanish Liga BBVA. The Basque team’s win over Sevilla last weekend gave them an extra motivational boost that they will certainly try to explore when they visit the Champions League contenders, Valencia, on Sunday.
After a 2-2 draw at Almeria two weeks ago, Real Sociedad had a memorable morning when they entertained Sevilla at Anoeta last weekend. The team of David Moyes not only put up a quality display, they also granted a very important win against an extremely complicated rival such as Sevilla. The Basque team created several goal chances and counted on an extremely inspired Xabi Prieto to help them secure the three points. Real Sociedad have, nevertheless, only granted the win on the dying moments of the match when their captain and experienced midfielder Xabi Prieto headed home an excellent corner by Pardo just before injury time. The Basque team are currently on the 10th place of La Liga’s table and David Moyes seems to have finally managed to implement the emotional stability the team needed to escape the dark pits of the relegation zone.
The upcoming match against Valencia will certainly not be an easy one, especially if we consider how much stronger Los Che are when playing at home in front of their highly enthusiastic supporters. For that particular clash, David Moyes will still not be able to rely on the services of Carlos Vela, Zurutuza and Gonzalez, all currently sidelined due to injury.
As for Valencia, Los Che have been having an excellent season so far and they are some serious contenders to a place at the UEFA Champions League next term. Nuno Espirito Santo is doing a remarkable job with the team and they are currently on an excellent streak, with four wins over the respective number of matches. Last weekend, Valencia experienced some troubles overcoming Córdoba at Nuevo Arcángel, but a late goal from Pablo Piatti granted Los Che their 15th win at La Liga this season.
For the upcoming clash against Real Sociedad, Nuno Espirito Santo is not yet certain if will be able to rely on the contribution of Paco Alcacer, since he is still recovering from his respective injury.
Regardless of Real Sociedad’s recent positive moment, Valencia are firm favourites for next Sunday’s match at Mestalla.
Stats: W-4 L-1 D-0
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Valencia (4-1-4-1) - Diego Alves - Gayá - Otamendi - Mustafi - Cancelo - Javi Fuego - André Gomes - Parejo - Enzo Perez - Piatti - Negredo
Real Sociedad (4-2-3-1) - Rulli - Zaldua - Ansotegui - I. Martínez - La Bella - Granero - Pardo - Canales - Prieto - Castro - Agirretxe