- Real Sociedad triumphed 0-1 in October’s reverse fixture between the sides.
- The Spaniards have kept three clean sheets in their four Group F games so far.
- HNK Rijeka have lost all four of their group matches, scoring just twice and failing to score in two of those outings.
Sociedad to Shut Out Rijeka at Anoeta
Real Sociedad are expected to keep another clean sheet en route to victory in this Thursday’s UEFA Europa League clash against HNK Rijeka at Anoeta.
The Spaniards have been soaring domestically and top the La Liga standings after 11 games, but they’ve been less convincing on the European front thus far and find themselves locked in a three way battle with AZ Alkmaar and Napoli to progress from Group F.
With their qualification rivals facing each other this week, Thursday’s home tie against bottom side HNK Rijeka provides Sociedad with the perfect opportunity to seize some initiative and add to their tally of seven points from four matches.
With the Croatians losing all four of their group matches including a 0-1 defeat in October’s reverse fixture between the teams, Sociedad are fancied to oblige and backing the hosts to win to nil appeals.
Txuri-Urdinak have kept three clean sheets in their four outings in this competition and six from their 11 La Liga starts, so they should secure victory without concession against this Rijeka outfit who have managed to score just two goals in their four group games.
But with Sociedad scoring just twice in the group themselves, we’re not anticipating a landslide success at Anoeta and 2-0 looks a highly possible outcome at full time.