Mirandes appeared quite relaxed and more than fine comparing the strength of their opponent, scoring a goal via Aias in the 39th minute which now gives them great hope ahead of the returning leg. Still, it was the home team that looked more effective in overall quite an open game.
As for LaLiga2, the team comes from a 1:1 home draw against Girona, probably focusing more on their great achievement in the Copa del Rey. They are currently on a run of nine consecutive games with no victory in the league, including eight draw matches and one loss. Even so, they are just four points behind the playoff placed Elche.
Right-back Gonzalez (17/0) and forward Marquelanz (25/9) are both doubtful for this game coming off from injuries, both missing in recent weeks too.
Sociedad had more of the ball possession in the first leg, but somehow were caught many times with the defensive gaps, still getting a narrow victory deservedly. However, it probably isn’t the ideal result for them, as they have to enter the game now completely focused from the first minute.
They are quite enjoying the season at the moment, coming from a home victory over Valladolid with a narrow 1:0 result. The only goal was scored back in the 60th minute via Januzaj, as they upped the tempo in the second halftime and deserved it strongly, limiting the guests to almost nothing in the attack.
This was their third consecutive win in Primera, being just three points behind third-placed Sevilla and in real contention for the Champions League exit for the moment.
Sociedad team news
Defender Llorente (18/0) and midfielder Illarramendi (3/0) are injured and out for the visitors.
Shouldn’t give up till the end
Now it all comes down to this one for Mirandes. Thanks to a goal from the first leg, they are still having a very decent chance to progress to the big finals. Actually, the team looked more than fine and relaxed in the first leg and I expect them to repeat the performance. Still, it’s Sociedad that remains a favorite and should score as well.