Free Soccer Picks & Tips for Real Sociedad vs. Levante

Nila Amerova

Thursday, February 6, 2014 7:45 PM GMT

Real Sociedad look to bounce back from Cup defeat when they take on Levante in week 23 La Liga Betting. Find out what odds are currently available and what value soccer picks we’ve served up for your consideration.

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Real Sociedad suffer defeat in Copa del Rey

Real Sociedad succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at Camp Nou on Wednesday, a result that fell in line with soccer betting markets. Now La Real will look ahead to La Liga action on the weekend, hoping to get their domestic campaign back on track with a victory over Levante.

La Real are currently in sixth spot, four points adrift of Villarreal (fifth) and seven points behind Athletic Club (fourth) and a Champions League berth. Although their Champions League account this season left much to be desired, La Real would surely welcome a return to Europe’s top-flight action next season.

The premium on winning down the stretch couldn’t be any greater than it is as competition for the coveted spots is stiff. Fortunately, the prognosis is encouraging as sportsbooks tip La Real at +600 soccer odds to finish in the Top 4 this season, third behind Athletic Club at -138 and Villarreal at +200.

La Real sport a 10-6-6 mark through 22 rounds and 36 points, a tally largely built on their success at home which stands at 7-2-1 to date. If soccer betting markets were any indication, that tally should improve following week 23 La Liga action as they are listed as the solid -225 favourites at Bet365 to win outright at Levante’s expense.

Levante are sat in ninth place in La Liga with a 7-7-8 mark and 28 points, which includes a modest 3-5-3 mark at home and a 4-2-5 mark on the road. Although they are inside the Top 10, their hold is tenuous at best with three points separating them from 11th placed Celto de Vigo.

At first glance, Levante’s form seems to have dipped of late on a 1-2-2 mark in their last five fixtures across all competitions, two of which were unmemorable defeats to Barcelona in Copa del Rey that combined for a 2-9 defeat on aggregate.  Then again, taking form in La Liga action alone they are 2-2-1 in their last five fixtures home and away with victories over credible opposition in Sevilla and Malaga, as well as a 1-1 draw to Barcelona on January 19 in La Liga.

In spite of their positive form in domestic action, sportsbooks send Levante into their date with La Real as the decided underdogs. Bet365 is offering a Levante victory at +600 soccer odds while tipping the draw at +333 soccer odds.

Real Sociedad vs. Levante match betting tips and picks:

Clearly, sportsbooks aren’t putting much stock in Levante’s chances against La Real. The question is whether their rather positive form is enough to prompt a recommendation on the upset at +600 soccer odds or even the lesser upset on the draw at +333. Taking into consideration La Real’s solid home form of late that includes a six-game undefeated streak, highlighted by four clean sheets, the resounding answer is No. This is La Real’s match to win or lose and therefore they are the recommended soccer pick at -225 to win outright.

Levante won’t be pushovers, not by any stretch of the imagination. But La Real have been firing at all cylinders against lesser opposition in the league while, at the same time, accounting well enough against some of their Top 4 rivals, including a 2-0 win over Athletic Club on January 5. Therefore, La Real to win convincingly at Over 2.5 is at -138 is an additional soccer pick to consider on your wagering ticket.

Soccer Free Picks: La Real to win outright at -225; Over 2.5 at -138