Athletic Bilbao (@1.95) vs Sociedad (@3.9)
22-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Athletic Bilbao will win

Athletic Bilbao – Sociedad Match Prediction | 22-08-2019

Therefore its questionable how much progress is being made, particularly at home where they still average just a point per game in La Liga this term. However they have drawn all of their last 3 matches and 4 of their last 5 in all competitions. Overall, its hard to see this being anything other than a pretty even game. Sociedad have become tough to beat under Imanol and obviously will take confidence from their unbeaten record so far in 2019.

Both sides need a result besides the fact it is a derby and victory in such an important game would be a huge boost to either coach as they look to immerse themselves into the culture of their new clubs. Its a game that is guaranteed to generate a good atmosphere at San Mames and it certainly wont be one of those Friday games that struggles to burst into life.

Head to Head

Athletic in particular have really improved under Gaizka Garitano. Both sides have since sacked coaches and appointed new ones and overall youd have to say they have both benefited from those alterations. They looked in genuine relegation danger earlier in the season but victory here would see them leapfrog their opponents and move to the brink of the European places, which would represent a massive turnaround.

Overall, its hard to see this being anything other than a pretty even game. Therefore its questionable how much progress is being made, particularly at home where they still average just a point per game in La Liga this term. However they have drawn all of their last 3 matches and 4 of their last 5 in all competitions. Sociedad have become tough to beat under Imanol and obviously will take confidence from their unbeaten record so far in 2019.

Since then they have seen one game postponed and got decent draws against both Barcelona and Real Madrid. Athletic could really do with a victory given theyve not collected three points since the opening day of the season. However their ability to throw away 2-0 leads to only draw against Huesca and Betis will be a source of immense frustration to Eduardo Berizzo.

Highlighted Team (Athletic Bilbao):

Athletic have also developed a reputation as draw specialists with a huge 52% of their league games this term ending all square. Athletic have certainly improved under Garitano. They are unbeaten in their 7 league games under him but have been a bit more cautious overall and its questionable whether either side here will be willing to take the risk that might end up winning or losing this match.

After impressing with Real Sociedad in the 2012/2013 Primera Division campaign, Real Madrid chiefs decided to sign him on 12 July, 2013 for a fee of 32.2 million. He played for Real Sociedad B between 2008 and 2011, scoring 7 goals in 93 appearances for the Basque outfit and he made his first team debut on 23 January, 2011 in a 2-1 defeat to Villarreal. Back then that was the highest amount paid by the club for a Spanish footballer, but he failed to impress at Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi is a product of Real Sociedads youth school.

There will be fireworks when Real Sociedad and Athletic Club face each other at Estadio Municipal de Anoeta on Matchday 22. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. La Real did well to come from behind and beat Espanyol in previous home game in the national championship, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the Basque derby. A man to watch in the home team will be former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, whilst Real Sociedad defenders should have Inaki Williams at bay. Athletic Club have been in a fine form of late, meaning that a close encounter is on the cards in San Sebastian. Real Sociedad have been producing fine performances in La Liga in 2019, with the team climbing the standings week by week.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Predictions, H2H and Match Preview

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In truth things have largely improved at the back for La Real since he left, although that has had more to do with the change in coach than anything else. Theres a little bit of added spice to this one given centre-back igo Martnez left Sociedad to join Athletic in January, a bold move to make and he probably wont get the warmest of welcomes as he returns to San Sebastian here.

This is the biggest derby clash in the Basque Country and theres still quite a tussle on to finish the season as the regions top dogs. With four games to go, La Ligas four Basque clubs are all grouped together from 11th to 14th, with Eibar and Alaves currently sandwiched between these two big guns, whove had poor seasons by their standards.