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Leganes vs Real Sociedad: Garitano makes immediate Butarque return

Leganes vs Real Sociedad: Garitano makes immediate Butarque return

Leganes vs Real Sociedad – Estadio Municipal de Butarque – Friday 24th August – 21:15pm GMT

Leganes hero Asier Garitano will make an emotional return to the club that he led to the Primera Division only months after his departure and in the first fixture at the stadium since he departed.

Now in charge at Real Sociedad, his side were fortunate to pick up a 2-1 win against the run of play against Villarreal on his debut. Elsewhere, his old team were in the Basque Country to play La Real’s rivals, Athletic Bilbao. Despite performing well, a last gasp Iker Muniain strike robbed the Madrileños of a point.

Last season, the fixture in San Sebastian was Garitano’s last away trip in charge of Leganes as his team crashed to a 3-2 defeat, but Leganes will be hoping to replicate the result at Butarque last year which ended with a 1-0 home win.

Team News

Leganes will have an almost fully fit squad, with Alexander Szymanowski the only player likely to miss out through a hamstring injury. Jonathan Silva is likely to be fit despite a knock to the knee against Athletic Club.

Real Sociedad’s injury list remains lengthy, with five players out of action. Miguel Angel Moya, Jon Guridi and Adnan Januzaj are all sidelined by knee problems whilst David Concha is out with a groin injury and a thigh strain has ruled out Imanol Agirretxe.

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Predicted Line-Ups

Leganes (4-5-1): Cuellar; Juanfran, Siovas, Bustinza, Silva; El Zhar, Perez, Vesga, Eraso, Ojeda; Carrillo.

Real Sociedad (4-4-2): Rulli; Zaldua, Aritz, Moreno, Theo; Oyarzabal, Illarramendi, Zubeldia, Zurutuza; Juanmi, Willian Jose. 

Score Prediction

Leganes 1-2 Real Sociedad