Real Sociedad’s win in the reverse fixture leaves them in a very favourable position where they know a draw is enough to see them top the group. Winning the group is vital in the Europa League as you not only get a bye through the first knockout round, but you also miss out on having to face a team that dropped out of the Champions League in that round. With the likes of Barcelona, Ajax and Leverkusen dropping into the Europa League paired with the fact that you have to play 2 extra matches in an already packed schedule, no team will want to play in this round. Manchester United have returned to much better form recently and can go into the top 4 in the Premier League if they win their game in hand on Newcastle. Ten Hag will want to start his best team in this match so expect strong line-ups from both sides.
Real Sociedad v Manchester United Bet Builder Tips
Marcus Rashford to have 1+ Shot on Target
Marcus Rashford continues to play well for Manchester United, he has scored in back to back Manchester United matches now and Ten Hag seems to have found a way to fit Rashford and Ronaldo into the starting line up together. Rashford is averaging a huge 3.6 shots per 90 and 1.5 shots on target per 90. He has had at least 1 shot on target in 6 of the last 7 matches where he has played at least 45 minutes including in his last 5 in a row. He is averaging 0.44 xG per match which shows he is getting high quality chances which means he is in situations where he should be able to hit the target. Rashford did not play in the reverse fixture, Elanga was selected at left wing but in that match Elanga did find good opportunities and had 2 shots himself. With Rashford most likely starting at left wing in this match he will be able to have these same opportunities and should be good enough to hit at least 1 shot on target.
Cristiano Ronaldo to have 1+ Shot on Target
Ronaldo’s season to date has involved far more controversy than he would have hoped for. After drama over his starting position, he finally seems to be back in the first team as a key player for Manchester United again. There are just 9 matches this season where Ronaldo has played over a half of football, he has had 11 shots on target in these and is averaging 1.05 shots on target per 90. The importance of this game for Manchester United has already been mentioned and possibly the best big game player of all time is Cristiano Ronaldo. As Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United’s relationship continues to improve it only becomes more likely that he returns to his normal form that sees him scoring in almost every game. With Ronaldo coming back to his best, an important match seems like the perfect time for him to put in a performance so I am backing him to have a shot on target.
Alexander Sorloth to have 1+ Shot on Target
Real Sociedad are facing somewhat of an injury crisis right now, they’re missing Mikel Oyarzabal, Umar Sadiq, Mohammed-Ali Cho, David Silva and Ander Martin are all injured and missing the match. Furthermore, Ander Barrenetxea, Aihen Munoz, Alex Sola and Takefusa Kubo are all doubts for the match. With all these injuries, Alexander Sorloth will likely start up front for Real Sociedad and the ex-Crystal Palace man has a good record with 5 goals so far this season. Sorloth came on at half time in the last match between the two but received few chances with Sociedad mainly sitting back and protecting their lead.
Sorloth has a great record for shots on target this season. Although in the match at the weekend he didn’t even have a shot, in his previous 9 matches this season he had at least 1 shot on target. This season he has averaged 2.48 shots per 90 with 1.49 shots on target per 90. Sorloth is fantastic aerially and up against Lisandro Martinez he will have the jump on him meaning he can get plenty of shots from headers. With his recent record of shots on target Sorloth can be Sociedad’s biggest threat in this match, so I am backing him for a shot on target
Bruno Fernandes to be Shown a Card
Manchester United will be desperate to win this match, making life easier for them in the next rounds of the competition so will be under pressure in this match. As the most carded team in the Premier League so far this season, in a high pressure match like this Manchester United will likely receive plenty of cards. If this match is tight, as the games goes on they will either be needing a goal and frustration may creep in, seeing players get booked or if they’re holding onto a lead, tactical fouls will be committed. Bruno Fernandes commits both these types of fouls which sees him as United’s most carded player in the league so far this season committing the highest number of fouls on the team. Fernandes will be up against some of Real Sociedad’s trickiest players in the centre of midfield. Mikel Merino and Brais Mendez are the joint most fouled players for Real Sociedad in the league and are very technical players. Fernandes loves to press and chase down the opposition but these two are very good at drawing the opposition and releasing the ball at the last moment, often drawing a foul. Bruno Fernandes is the highest fouling player on the team and is up against 2 players that draw the most fouls so is a good pick for a card in this match.
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📅 When is Real Sociedad v Manchester United? / Thursday, 3rd November 2022, 5:45PM
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