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Real Sociedad: The Spaniards are going to rotate ( Recent Form: D W D L L )
In the Europa League, Real Sociedad is doing well with four wins in five group matches. The Basques are in second place with twelve points, at one point behind leader Zenit St. Petersburg. In a home win against the Russians, the Basques grab the group win and avoid a potential confrontation with other group winner Arsenal. However, Real Sociedad is struggling in their own country. The Basques did have a spectacular start to the season, but there is not much left of that invincible feeling. Outside the Europa League, the San Sebastian club did not win four home matches in a row anymore and was thrown out of the Spanish cup last week by third division Lleida Esportiu. Strikingly, the team of trainer Eusebio in each of its last three official matches always gave a lead. Also last weekend, visiting Atletico Madrid, went wrong again. Thanks to a goal from Willian Jose, Real Sociedad took the lead with a 0-1 lead, but in the second half the visitors slipped their lead again: 2-1. Eusebio will have to find a way to quickly stop this negative trend. A victory on Zenit St. Petersburg would obviously do well, but given the small interests and the home game against Malaga next weekend, it is quite possible that he will rotate on Thursday evening.

Zenit St. Petersburg: Rigoni wants to pop again ( Recent Form: D W W L W )
Also for Zenit St. Petersburg, the final group match is in principle nothing more than a glorified exhibition game. Of course, the Russians would like to win with a group win, but the Russian title battle is very important at the moment. The Russian team's very expensive formation of trainer Roberto Mancini is currently in second place in the Netherlands, six points behind leader Lokomotiv Moscow. This weekend, the away match against Akhmat Grozny, the last league game, will take place before the three-month Russian winter break will start. Just like Real Sociedad, Zenit St. Petersburg will probably rotate in the Anoeta on Thursday evening. This offers opportunities for attacker Emiliano Rigoni. The Argentinian striker did not score in eight appearances in the Russian Premier League, but he can call himself the top scorer of the Europa League with six goals for the time being. He will undoubtedly want to be heard again on Spanish soil.

After all, Rigoni is hardly used in the Russian competition and therefore needs strong performances in the Europa League to convince Mancini of his qualities. With his six goals in five Europa League games he succeeds very well. In addition, Real Sociedad this season the back of the season with 26 countergames in fourteen league matches this season very difficult. I therefore think the odd for a goal by Rigoni is too high.

Real Sociedad  VS  Zenit St. Petersburg

Pick: Under 3.25 @ 1.53.

UEFA EL    03:05    FT    Real Sociedad    1 - 3    Zenit St. Petersburg
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