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Real Sociedad vs Elche betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds

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Match preview

Real Sociedad currently occupy that much-coveted four spot, but will they be able to cling onto it for the rest of the season?

Los Txuri-Urdinak are winless in four La Liga games, winning just one of their last seven, following last Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Mallorca.

Carlos Fernández broke the deadlock early at Son Moix, his first goal since 18 April 2021 due to injury, before Mikel Merino was sent off in stoppage time.

So, Imanol Alguacil’s team have slipped down to fourth, but remain three points clear of their nearest-challengers Real Betis.

La Real were dumped out of the Europa League by Roma on Thursday night, but this does mean they can fully focus on a first top four finish for a decade.

Elche meanwhile are planning for life in the Segunda División, sat rock bottom, 13 points from safety.

Pablo Machín’s team won in Mallorca a fortnight ago, before holding Valladolid to a 1-1 draw last time out.

Tete Morente with a 96th minute equaliser in the latter.

The lack of pressure makes Elche dangerous opponents but, even still, Real Sociedad are overwhelming favourites to win at Anoeta.

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