NEWS
Sunday September 24 2017
Preview: La Real-Valencia

Real Sociedad will be hoping to end a losing run when they host Valencia, who are still unbeaten in La Liga after five games.

La Real boss Eusebio Sacristan on what ‘motivation’ his team need: “To be able to win for everything that it entails, it’s a source of motivation for us.

“To return to the path of victory, to overcome [teams] at home, to have our best feelings back, to recover our good run of results…

“We have to use all this so that, regardless of our opponents or Coach that we’re facing, we can go for our objective.”

Valencia boss Marcelino on the importance of not getting carried away: “There have been some adjectives bandied about, but we need to have maximum enthusiasm.

“Euphoria leads to confusion, if we’re confused, we’ll lose concentration. humility and objectivity.

“We’re only five League games in and we’re going [to play La Real] to pick up three more points.

“The team are growing, and we can only grow based on work and things like our collective game.”

Real Sociedad (probable): Rulli; Odriozola, Elustondo, Zubeldia, Kevin; Prieto, Illarramendi, Zurutuza; Januzaj, Willian Jose, Juanmi

Injuries/suspensions: Carlos Martinez, Guridi, Inigo, Raul Navas, Pardo (I) Diego Llorente (S)

Valencia (probable): Neto; Montoya, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya; Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Guedes; Zaza, Mina

Injuries/suspensions: Vezo (I)

Referee: Melero Lopez

Form guide: La Real (L L W W W) Valencia (W D D D W)

Previous meeting: Valencia 2-3 La Real

Venue: Mestalla

Kick-off time: 19:45 BST/20:45 local time

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