Both sides have qualified for the knockout stages but there is still one thing to be decided going into this match up. Both sides have a chance to come away as group winners. If one side was to win the match, they would win the group. However, a draw would result in Zenit walking away as Group L winners. Zenit lie one point ahead of Sociedad after defeating them earlier in the competition 3-1. As the home side, Real Sociedad will certainly feel as though they have a chance of walking away winners, so this proves to be a fascinating encounter. We are likely to see full strength line-ups as they look to battle it out to get the best draw possible for the knockout stages.
Both these sides represent some of the strongest in the competition and where they find themselves in the group and in their domestic leagues proves just that. Recent form for both sides has been rather mixed when trying to separate the two though. Spanish side Sociedad have managed only three wins in eight games, with two of those wins coming in this competition. Their recent poor league form has meant they have dropped out of the European qualifying spots to ninth place, although they remain only two points behind of 6th placed Villareal. Zenit themselves have struggled recently for form, winning only three in eight games too. They currently lie in 2nd place in the Russian Premier League, but they will need to improve their form soon if they are to hold onto their place in the top two. Recent form in the Europa League bodes well for both sides though. Sociedad have won their last three games in the competition following their defeat to Zenit when these two sides last met. Zenit are unbeaten in the group so far, winning four of their five group games.
With Zenit winning the previous meeting between the two sides 3-1 they certainly have a chance going into this game. However, their recent away form may suggest otherwise. They have been unable to win in their last five away games which the home side will take confidence from. Sociedad have been decent at home too, losing only one of their last six at home in all competitions. One thing that certainly can be expected in this game is goals. Both these sides last three games have resulted in both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals. For our preview tip we are therefore backing the same outcome here. Zenit’s danger man is Emiliano Rigoni, who is joint top scorer in the competition with six goals. We fancy him to bag again here after scoring against the Spanish side the last time these two met. For an alternative tip Sociedad to win and over 2.5 goals offers great value considering the recent away form of the Russian side, so we are backing that too. For our correct score prediction, we are backing a 2-1 win, and an entertaining encounter.