Cadiz vs. Real Sociedad Match Predictions, Fantasy Football Tips, Team News and Line-ups
Cadiz is placed in 16th place, one point above the drop zone, while the visitors are occupying the European spots.
In their last league game of 2023, Cadiz will be eager to snap their eight-game losing streak after going more than three months without a La Liga victory.
The Andalusian team has played out four straight 1-1 matches in the top division, so even though they are still looking for their first league victory since defeating Villarreal on September 1, they have at least proven to be difficult to beat recently.
In Sunday’s journey to Gran Canaria, Cadiz had to come from behind after losing leads in the first three of those four games. Chris Ramos equalised in the 83rd minute to deny Las Palmas all three points.
Sergio Gonzalez’s team will be happy to be back at home after their trip to the Canary Islands, especially since their games at the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla have accounted for 10 of their 14 points.
After losing all 12 of their previous meetings (D4, L8), Cadiz is hoping to defeat Real Sociedad on Thursday for the first time since they prevailed by a slim 2-1 margin in April 1993.
Now that Real Sociedad has learned that Paris Saint-Germain will face them in the Champions League knockout stages in the last 16, they will concentrate on their final game of 2023 in an attempt to narrow the five-point deficit to the top four.
In the last four weeks, La Real has demonstrated their defensive prowess in all competitions. This run of clean sheets started with away wins over Andratx in the Copa del Rey and Villarreal in the league, respectively.
Following a goalless draw against fellow top-seven team Real Betis at home on Sunday in La Liga, Imanol Alguacil’s team went on to hold Inter Milan in their final Champions League group match.
Real Sociedad has eventually avoided defeat in their last nine competitive games (W5, D5), including their prior five league games, thanks to a strong defence.
After winning their last four away games against Cadiz by a combined score of 7-1, they will fancy their chances of continuing that trend with a victory on Thursday.
Cadiz La Liga form:
L L D D D D
Cadiz form (all competitions):
L D D L D D
Real Sociedad La Liga form:
L W W D W D
Real Sociedad form (all competitions):
D D W W D D
Prior to the match on Thursday, Cadiz was dealt a serious injury setback when it was revealed that Roger Marti had suffered ankle ligament damage and a fibula fracture during Sunday’s draw with Las Palmas.
Roger is scheduled to spend a considerable amount of time in the treatment room, thus he joins David Gil, Gonzalo Escalante, and Luis Hernandez on the list of absentees.
More good news: Romingue Kouame made his first appearance as a substitute after missing time due to injury. He may receive additional vital playing time off the bench in Cadiz’s final 2023 encounter.
Regarding the visitors, midfielder Martin Merquelanz is out with a knee injury, and Brais Mendez and Ander Barrenetxea are still out with arm and ankle injuries.
Aihen Munoz, who has been sharing the left-back position with Kieran Tierney in recent games, should be included in a back four with Robin Le Normand, Igor Zubeldia, and Hamari Traore.
Nigerian striker Umar Sadiq may return to the starting lineup for Thursday’s away game after sitting out the previous weekend.
Cadiz possible starting lineup:
Ledesma; Carcelen, Fali, Chust, Pires; Alejo, Alcaraz, Fernandez, Sobrino; Ramos, Gomez
Real Sociedad possible starting lineup:
Remiro; Traore, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Munoz; Merino, Zubimendi, Zakharyan; Kubo, Oyarzabal, Sadiq
Our Prediction for this match 2-1 or 2-0 won by Real Sociedad