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Garitano looking to upset Levante on Friday night

Garitano looking to upset Levante on Friday night

Real Sociedad boss Asier Garitano is hoping his side can upset Levante on Friday night in La Liga.

The top of the table for LaLiga thus far in 2018-19 has seen some unfamiliar faces, injecting a new life into the early stages of the campaign. Levante and manager Paco López have been one of the clubs raising eyebrows throughout Spain, and they will look to continue their strong form on Friday evening.

Los Granotas are unbeaten in their last six games across all competitions, most recently a 1-1 draw at Villarreal.

On the other side, Garitano needs to breathe some life into his side in terms of scoring. La Real have failed to net a goal in their past three LaLiga fixtures, and that will have to change if they are to enter the top half of the division. The Basque squad will find that task to be difficult versus Levante goalkeeper Oier Olazábal, who leads the league in total saves with 57.

La Real enter the weekend in 13th place and will be hoping to continue their better away form by causing an upset in Valencia.

“So far we have got our most points away from home and this one is away, ” he told reporters on Thursday.

“Let’s see if we get something from the game. Levante are very good at the moment. They have won four out of their last five games and against Villarreal they scored in the last minute. It will not be an easy game for us.

“They are a team with talent, work hard and know what they have to do.”

Sociedad are still dealing with injuries to right-back Joseba Zaldúa (ankle) and midfielder Mikel Merino (groin). Luca Sangalli has also missed training sessions this week with an illness.