It is first versus second in Group B on Thursday as Monaco welcome Real Sociedad to the Stade Louis II on match day five of this intriguing Europa League campaign.
A win for either side would see them go to the top of the group. But with PSV only a point behind Real Sociedad in second, there is everything to play for and the atmosphere will be tense.
Read on for our Europa League betting tips for a full preview of this match up.
Monaco vs Real Sociedad – Recent Form
Monaco are on a poor run of form and have not won a game in any competition for about a month now. But the Ligue 1 club still remains at the top of Group B, even after drawing at home to PSV last time out. The victory in Eindhoven on match day three is proving invaluable at the moment.
Real Sociedad is enjoying another very good season, but will be wary of running out of steam towards the end of the campaign, as they did last year. But, for now, the defeat to Barcelona on the opening day of the season is the only one in La Liga – and La Real are also unbeaten in this competition. There has only been one win in four Europa League games though.
Europa League Betting Tips – Monaco vs Real Sociedad Recent Matchups
The draw between these two clubs earlier on this season is the only time they have ever faced each other in European competition. Of the two, it is Monaco that have fallen away a little since – so the outcome of this clash will be very important in determining the final places in Group B.
Monaco vs Real Sociedad Stats and Analysis
One of the main problems Monaco has had this season is scoring enough goals. They have only managed four in the four Europa League games and their record is not much better in the French league – just 19 in 14 games. The defence has been much tighter, but they will have their hands full here.
La Real do have a number of very talented attacking players but they have not scored as many goals as manager Imanol would have liked either. The Spanish side face PSV at home in the final group match so they may even look to keep it tight here and rely on picking up three points at home in a few weeks time.
Europa League Betting Tips – Monaco vs Real Sociedad
With both teams playing things very cautiously up until now, the draw might be the way to go here. That would give both sides a chance of picking up the points to progress on match day six. Odds of around 3.30 make that option look even more attractive.
If this match is to end in a draw then there might not be many goals scored either, taking into account the way both clubs have approached this competition. Total goals under 2.5 can be found at around 1.83 and that might be a wise selection.
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