Real Sociedad vs Man Utd prediction, Odds and Betting Tips 03/11/2022

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Real Sociedad vs Man Utd: Our top betting tips

Both Real Sociedad and Manchester United are through to the knockout stages of the Europa League but  have the chance to top the group, which will impact their route to the final. Who will manage to top the group? Find out with our Real Sociedad vs Man Utd match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.

Man United to win

We kick off our predictions for this match by backing Man United to win. United are currently on an eight game unbeaten run dating back to their loss against Man City a month ago. In that time, the Red Devils have won six of the eight games played. By contrast, Real Sociedad have lost two of their last three games. Of course, people will be quick to point out that Sociedad won the reverse fixture. What we'd stress here is that a) United are a much more confident side now but, b) more importantly, Real Sociedad know they can lose this match and still top the group. With that in mind, they are unlikely to go gung-ho to win the match and that cagey approach is likely to remain even if they fall behind.

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A low scoring match

We now move on to look at the total goals market and we're opting for under 2.5 goals. Real Sociedad have seen each of their last four matches fall south of the 2.5 goal mark whilst Man United have seen four of their last five matches go south of the 2.5 cut off. As for the head to head record, these sides have met a few sides over the last decade and only one of the last five meetings have gone beyond 2.5 goals.

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A showdown to decide who tops the group

The big question ahead of this match is will Manchester United top the group. Our gut feeling is that they'll fall short of achieving that, which is a sentiment the bookies clearly agree with based on their odds. So, what do they need to leapfrog Real Sociedad? Well, it's very simple; United must win by two clear goals – anything else will see them end the campaign second. This is because Sociedad beat United by a single goal in the head to head, which is the method used to separate teams tied on points in the Europa League. If Man United win this game by one goal then both teams will sit on 15 points and the head to head record would be level; the separating factor then becomes goal difference and Sociedad have a superior GD to Man Utd.

The hosts are in pole position to top this group and, as such, a conservative approach is to be expected when they announce their starting XI. Sadiq Umar and Ander Martin are both ruled out with injuries.

Real Sociedad Predicted lineup – Remiro, Rico, Pacheco, Zubeldia, Elustondo, Merino, Navarro, Guevara, Illarramendi, Kubo, Karrikaburu

Man United arrive into this game with a clean bill of health with Eric Bailly recently announcing he's ready to play. Despite that, he's likely to make the XI here. Harry Maguire, however, may well keep his place in the team whilst we wouldn't be surprised to see Cristiano Ronaldo back on the bench.

Man Utd Predicted lineup – De Gea, Dalot, Martinez, Maguire, Shaw, Casemiro, Fred, Fernandes, Sancho, Eriksen, Rashford

A quickfire FAQ on Real Sociedad vs Man Utd

Real Sociedad vs Man Utd prediction

  • Where is the match being hosted? – Reale Arena
  • Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – Man United
  • What time does the match kick off?  17:45 GMT