Real Sociedad vs AS Monaco Preview 30/09/2021
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The second round of matches in the 2021/22 Europa League group stage take place on Thursday the 30th of September including the meeting between Real Sociedad and Monaco.
This is a Group B game and the hosts begin the match on 1 point while the visitors are top of the group on 3 points.
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Real Sociedad come into the game having recorded a 1-0 home win over Elche in La Liga on the weekend. Real Sociedad were forced to wait until the 81st minute of the game to open the scoring but the single goal was enough to take maximum points and continue their good start to the season.
The victory over Elche means Real Sociedad are undefeated in their last 7 matches in all competitions.
They started their Europa League campaign with an away fixture against PSV Eindhoven. It was an entertaining game and PSV took the lead with 14 minutes remaining of the first half but Real Sociedad equalised 3 minutes later and took the lead before half-time.
PSV came back in the second half and scored early on but it proved to be the final goal of the match.
Trends show Real Sociedad have struggled for victories in the Europa League and they have won just 1 of their last 8 matches in the competition.
However, they are difficult to beat and Real Sociedad are undefeated in 6 of their last 7 Europa League fixtures, 5 of which have ended in a draw.
Monaco make the trip to the Estadio Municipal de Anoeta on the back of a 3-1 win at Clermont in Ligue 1 on the weekend.
Having fallen behind after only 7 minutes, Monaco hit back midway through the first half and took the lead shortly after half time. Maximum points were guaranteed as Monaco scored a third in the 90th minute.
That result means Monaco are undefeated in their last 4 games in all competitions. They started their Europa League campaign with a 1-0 home win over Sturm Graz.
The Austrian club are expected by many to finish bottom of the group so it was an important win and Monaco scored the only goal of the game in 66th minute.
Prior to this season, Monaco last played in the Europa League in 2015 and they failed to win any of their 3 away matches. There were two 1-1 draws, at Anderlecht and Qarabag.
Team news and Real Sociedad have an injury crisis. They could be missing up to 10 players, including Ander Barrenetxea, Asier Illarramendi, David Silva, Alexander Isak, and Nacho Monreal.
Monaco could be without Youssouf Fofana, who was forced off on the weekend. He joins Aleksandr Golovin as a potential absentee for this game.
Real Sociedad are not easy to beat in the Europa League but winning games has proved a bit of a problem. They have several players missing for this match, which could make things easier for Monaco. This has the makings of being a draw, with under 2.5 goals scored.